Are you ready for sex?
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Young people can feel a lot of pressure to have sex. Friends may tell you they're all doing it (sometimes even if they're not), and you see it on the TV and in the movies. You might also feel pressured by a particular person, perhaps a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Or you might feel that it's expected of you by your girlfriend or boyfriend.
You have probably been in a situation where you have felt pressure to do something that you didn't want to - maybe speak in front of a big crowd, or try something you didn't want to try, like drugs and alcohol.
Having sex is also something that other people can try to pressure us into when we don't want to. It is important to not be 'bullied' into anything that you are not comfortable with.
Always have a conversation about contraception and sexual health before you have sex with anyone.
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