Sex and young people

Are you ready for sex?

Things to consider if you're thinking about having sex. Includes 10 questions that you should ask yourself.

15 things you should know about sex

Common myths about pregnancy, STIs, being gay or lesbian, and first-time sex.

Boys' bodies Q&A

Answers to common questions about boys' bodies, including puberty, sex, penis size and unexpected erections.

Girls' bodies Q&A

Answers to questions about girls' bodies, including puberty and sex, vaginal discharge and pregnancy.

Alcohol and sex

The risks of having sex after drinking, including STIs, pregnancy, with tips for staying safe when you go out drinking.

It’s OK to say no

How young people can say no to sex, why you shouldn't feel pressured, and getting help after a sexual assault.

Fun with less risk

There are ways of being intimate without putting yourself at risk of pregnancy or STIs.

Doing a pregnancy test

Where you can buy a pregnancy test or get one for free, and how to use it.

Peer pressure

Sometimes it's good to wait. Find out how to deal with pressure from friends, boyfriends or girlfriends to have sex.

Open your eyes to STIs

By having unprotected sex, you're risking more than just getting pregnant. STIs such as chlamydia are increasing.

Am I gay, lesbian or bisexual?

Information for young people, including dealing with bullying and coming out.

Am I pregnant?

Information if you think you're pregnant, including pregnancy tests, signs of pregnancy, and where to get help.

Getting contraception

Introduction for young people to the 15 different methods of contraception, and where to get them free of charge.

Will they tell my parents?

Information on confidentiality and sexual health services for young people, including contraception, STIs and abortion services.

When sex goes wrong

Info for young people on where to get help if sex goes wrong. Includes unprotected sex, unplanned pregnancy and STIs.

Girls and puberty

What happens to girls' bodies during puberty. Includes growing hair, breasts, periods and moods.

Boys and puberty

What happens to boys' bodies during puberty. Includes growing hair, erections, deeper voice and wet dreams.

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Contraception: You'd rather be safe than sorry (music video)

Watch this music video and find out why it's better to use a condom than deal with the consequences of unprotected sex.

Media last reviewed: 03/10/2014

Next review due: 03/10/2016

Where to go for sexual health advice?

Find out more about sex, relationships, contraception, STIs and pregnancy

Focus on chlamydia

Where to get a test for chlamydia and how to treat the most common STI among young people

Contraception guide

All you need to know about contraception, how it works and where to get it

Condom, no condom?

Link to YouTube website

You decide what happens in this interactive video about sexual health.

Is your partner abusive?

Abuse, whether physical, emotional or verbal, is not OK. Here's how to tell if it's happening in your relationship

Homophobic bullying

Doug Faulkner, 33, recalls how he was bullied during his time at secondary school

Moodzone: Unhelpful thinking

Dr Chris Williams helps you to replace negative thoughts with more positive thinking. This podcast is one of an eight-part series for Moodzone

Body dysmorphic disorder

BDD is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance and to have a distorted view of how they look