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Should I have sex?

A simple question with no simple answer, right?

Only you know if you’re really ready. If you’re not sure, we’re here to help you decide.

Deciding to Have Sex is Like Deciding to Drive

Sounds crazy, but it’s true!

Think about what you need to know to drive a car. Would you jump in and start driving if you:

  • Didn’t know how to drive?
  • Couldn’t read the road signs?
  • Didn’t have insurance?

Now ask yourself, would you have sex if you:

  • Didn’t know enough about your partner?
  • Couldn’t predict how having sex would affect your relationship?
  • Didn’t know enough about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

There are many pathways to choose from when it comes to having sex. Communicating, dating and relationship issues, and other ways to be intimate all play a part in deciding whether you should or shouldn’t have sex.

But no matter the path, in the end you’ll reach one of two possible destinations: gladness or regret.

Need Advice?

If you need more information or suggestions for exploring your feelings:

  • Talk to friends or a trusted adult whose opinions you respect.
  • Email or call the Peel Sexual Health Information line at 905-799-7700.
  • Visit one of our Healthy Sexuality clinics.

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