Having sex with someone of the opposite sex is nature’s way of making babies so if you’re not ready to start a family just yet, you need to use contraception.

Using condoms also guards against sexually transmitted infections.

There are many types of contraception you can use including condoms, diaphragms, caps, the pill, the coil and sterilisation. Most methods of contraception can only be used by women because only women can get pregnant, but there’s no reason why you can’t both share the responsibility of it.

There are sexual health clinics which are just for young people. The doctors and nurses at the clinic won’t tell anyone that you’ve been there, or why you’ve been. They will only tell someone else if you’re under 13, or if you’re older but they feel they need to make sure you’re safe and have support and really understand about sex and sexual relationships.

More information and advice

Blackpool and Lancashire Sexual Health Service - for all ages

Brook contraception guide - the methods and how to get them

NHS Choices - find your nearest sexual health clinic

Family Planning Association - provides sexual health advice


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