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.

Sexting: do you know the risks?

Find out the risks of sexting, and what could happen to sexual images and messages posted online.

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 and 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.

Pregnancy tests: advice for young people

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.

Could I be 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 Q&A

Girls' questions about puberty, including growing hair, breasts, periods and mood swings.

Boys and puberty Q&A

Boys' questions about puberty, including growing hair, erections, deeper voice and wet dreams.

Why get tested?

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI among under-25s. Often there are no symptoms, but testing and treatment are simple.

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

Do you spend a lot of time worrying about your appearance and body shape? Find out if you could have BDD.

If you need help now

Where to get sexual health help urgently, including advice after sexual assault and forgetting to take the pill.

Contraception guide

Find out about the 15 methods of contraception available on the NHS, plus where to get them and how to decide which method suits you.

Abuse in teenage relationships

Abuse is never OK in relationships, and that includes verbal and emotional abuse. Here's how to find help if it's happening to you.

My homophobic bullying story

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

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you


Condom, no condom?

Link to YouTube website

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