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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.



It's completely normal to have lots of questions about sex, whether you have had sex or not. It's important to find out about contraception and consent so you can make decisions which feel right for you. Read more about Sex


Contraception is the word used to describe the different ways of preventing pregnancy. Some types of contraception help stop sexually transmitted infections (STIs) when you have sex - but not all do. Read more about Contraception


Having a boyfriend or girlfriend can be really exciting. It could be fun getting to know someone but it can be confusing too. It's important to stay safe especially if you're worried or feel a relationship may be going wrong. Read more about Relationships

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


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


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


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

Sexually transmitted infections

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


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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.