Decision Making

The decision to become sexual is very personal and is usually influenced by many social factors such as personal values, peer pressure, cultural beliefs, and self-esteem.

Individuals may be ready to have sex if:

  1. They are comfortable enough to talk about the decision with their partner: Are my partner’s reasons for wanting sex the same as mine? Will sex have the same meaning for both of us? Can I trust my partner not to hurt, disappoint, or betray me?
  2. They have sufficient information to help protect themselves from pregnancy (if desired) and infection.
  3. They have considered the pros and cons of becoming sexually involved, and are making this decision solely for themselves.
  4. They have considered the potential consequences of taking intimacy to this level.

NO ONE should be pressured to be sexual before they feel ready.