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Are you really ready to have sex?

Do you need some help deciding if you are ready for sex? Read this to find out if you should go ahead or if you should rather wait a bit.
Is this your own decision?

You should have sex when you feel like and only if you have sexual feelings for a person. Don’t do it because you have reached a certain age, because of peer pressure, because pop culture says you should, or because it will make your partner happy.

You need to be absolutely comfortable with your partner before you take the step. Talk it out with them beforehand, explain your concerns, fears, or any questions you may have. 

You can always say 'no'

In today’s world, consent has become an important lesson.

Here’s a simple thing to remember: 'no' means 'no'.

Understand that if you or your partner is unconscious or their judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs, legally this means they are unable to give consent. Talk about this beforehand.

At any point, you have the right to say no. 

Also discuss with your partner beforehand if you have any reservations about oral sex or anal sex

Get to know your body first

Before you start having sex, give yourself an orgasm through a masturbation. Explore your body, get comfortable with it and find out what gives you pleasure and what is uncomfortable or painful.
It’s important to know what feels good for you so that you can communicate this to your partner.

The first time can be painful

It is alright if it is. The first time you have sex, it could hurt, or feel good, or both, or neither. There might be pain and bleeding the first time a vagina is penetrated but that doesn’t happen to everybody. Your penis may not get a properly aroused or you might ejaculate early.
Getting your sexual organs used to sex will come with time. However, if you continue to experience pain after a while, talk to a doctor.

Don’t have too many expectations for the first time. But don’t freak out! Take it easy and just enjoy your time with each other.

Have safe sex

Consent and communication; and the other important C-word in sex is contraception. It’s important to talk about safe sex and protect yourself from STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and unexpected pregnancy.

Talk to your partner about their sexual past (all forms of sex) and what protection and birth control that is comfortable for you both.

Don't expect it to be like porn

Let’s face it, actual sex is nothing like porn. If you have to learn about sex, sexual positions, and orgasms -– read or talk to a professional or explore it on your own. Don’t go by pornographic videos because it's not real.
Porn is staged and filmed – the actors usually take supplements to help them last longer. Sex doesn’t go on for hours. Also, everyone has pubic hair – it’s a natural thing though some may shave or wax down there. It is also natural for sex to get messy, not the sanitized versions they show in porn.


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