How will I know when I’m ready for sex?


You’ll know when you’re ready for sex when both you and your partner feel comfortable about having sex and it is your choice. You should never feel pressured into having sex. You’re legally able to have sex in the UK when you’re 16 but this certainly doesn’t mean you’re going to be ready for sex at 16. And you shouldn’t feel like you’re the only person not having sex at your age, especially if you’re younger.

Only one in three people aged 16-20 in the UK have had vaginal sex. So ignore the pressure and do what’s right for you. If your partner has already had sex but you haven’t, this does not mean that you have to sex with them. They should be happy to wait until you’re ready.