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:
- 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?
- They have sufficient information to help protect themselves from pregnancy (if desired) and infection.
- They have considered the pros and cons of becoming sexually involved, and are making this decision solely for themselves.
- They have considered the potential consequences of taking intimacy to this level.
NO ONE should be pressured to be sexual before they feel ready.