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Sex and health

Sex and relationshipsSex can seem really scary and complicated.  It's OK to be confused or nervous about sex.

You need to be aware that there are medical and legal issues about sex too - it's important to be safe and not to break the law. The most important thing to remember is that no-one has the right to make you do anything sexual you don't want to do. If you're worried about sex or relationships, we can help.

 
 
 
 
 

Sex

Sex is normal in loving relationships between couples above the age of consent. It's not compulsory in any relationship, but you owe it to yourself to find out as much as you can about sex and how to keep yourself safe before making any decisions. Read more about Sex

Relationships

Having a boyfriend or girlfriend for the first time is really exciting, but it can be scary too. It's normal to have worries about it and what will happen in the future. Taking a chance is part of life and it's also part of relationships, but it's important to stay safe and happy. Read more about Relationships

Contraception

Contraception is used to describe the different ways of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Read more about Contraception

Sexually transmitted infections

A sexually transmitted infection (STI) can be passed from person to person through having sex. You can get an STI from both males and females so it's important that you stay safe and look after your sexual health. Read more about Sexually transmitted infections

Pregnancy

If a woman and man have sex, or are sexually intimate with each other, without using contraception, there is a risk of the woman becoming pregnant. Women can also become pregnant if contraception fails, for example if a condom splits. They might become pregnant as a result of violence, such as rape or sexual abuse. Read more about Pregnancy

Adoption

Adoption is when you give your baby or child away and somebody else becomes their parent. It can be a hard and emotional thing to do so it’s important that you get the help and support you need. Read more about Adoption

Abortion

Abortion means choosing to end a pregnancy. People will have different feelings around abortion and it is important that you talk to someone you trust if you are thinking about ending your pregnancy. Read more about Abortion

Relationship abuse

Being in a relationship can make you feel great, loved up and special. But if you’re with someone who makes you feel scared, humiliated, isolated or forced into doing things you don’t want to, this could be relationship abuse. Read more about Relationship abuse

 
 
 
 
 

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Sex and health

On this page you will find links to information about issues related to sex and health.  If you would like to read more about an issue, click on the title to go through to the information page.  If you can't find the issue you want to find out about, you can try the site search or go back to the Explore page to look at other issues.