Young people

Your sexuality becomes more important as you mature physically and emotionally. It is normal to experience an increase in sexual feelings and thoughts, as well as to start thinking about how you wish to express your sexuality. There are several ways of being sexually intimate with someone, and this needn’t necessarily involve having penetrative sex.

If you think you are ready to have sex, it's important that you feel you are able to talk to your partner about it; what contraception to use, and your previous relationship and sexual history.

You should also consider talking to a trusted adult who might be able to offer valuable information, as well as help you think about how you feel. Not feeling comfortable having these conversations might mean that you’re not ready to have sex.