Talking about sex

Sex is definitely worth talking about. The articles and videos in this section give tips on talking about sex with your partner, young child or teenager, and where to go for further information, help and support with your sexual health if you need it.

Before sex: what to ask your partner

Advice on how to talk to a new partner about safer sex and your sexual history.

Talking to your teenager about sex

How to talk to your teenage child about sex and relationships, including contraception, pregnancy and STIs.

How to talk to your child about sex

Tips on how to talk to your young child about sex, including naming body parts and answering questions.

Is your teenager in an abusive relationship?

Information for parents on signs of violence in teenage relationships, and how to help your child.

If you need help now

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

Let's talk about sex

A psychosexual therapist explains why talking about sex is important, especially if there's a sexual problem.

Sex and young people

Answers to sex FAQs, including saying no, what to do if a condom splits, being gay and more.

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.

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you