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Is It Ok To Be Sexually Active At 16?

Published: May 12, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Is it ok me and my girlfriend are sexually active at 16
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Dear Is It Ok To Be Sexually Active At 16? ,

TeenHealthFX is glad you asked this question. It is a question most teens are concerned about but are afraid to ask. When deciding whether it is “ok” or if you’re ready to have sex you should consider the following when making this decision:

  • Are both parties ready and agree? Do not feel forced or uncomfortable doing something that you do not want to do. If you are hesitant – wait it out. There is NO rush.

  • Communication is key. Have an open and honest conversation about each of your concerns, how you both can stay safe, and what each of you feel comfortable doing.
  • Have you or your girlfriend been sexually active in the past? Have you or your girlfriend been tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)? If not, it would be very important to know your status before having sex.
  • TeenHealthFX encourages all teens to use condoms every time they engage in any type of sexual activity. Condoms are 98% in preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted infections and should be used in addition to another form of birth control for best protection.
  • Are you mature enough to handle the risks associated with being sexually active?
  • Consider talking to your parents or a trusted adult. It helps to get their perspective on hard subjects like this one. We understand you may feel awkward or nervous to talk to them about it, but they are probably just as nervous to talk to you, too! Break the ice.

We hope this helps!

 

 

 
Signed: TeenHealthFX

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