Let’s talk about sex ladies. It seems to be everywhere; in music videos, adverts, and social media. Even if we are not thinking about sex, our body goes there anyway! We reach puberty and our bodies change, including getting our periods. It’s our bodies way of saying it can make babies, even if we are not ready to.
This brings us to a very important word when it comes to sex: consent. You should only have sex when you want to, and when you are ready to; this is when you are able to give your consent. Sex must not be forced, like your bae pressuring you into it or threatening to dump you if you don’t do it.
“No” is an important word to use in all areas of our lives, especially when it comes to sex because sex can result in babies and sexually transmitted infection, including HIV. This is why it’s important for you to be the person who decides when to have sex — be it losing your virginity or starting to have sex with a new partner.
Every girl has the right to say NO and for it to be respected. What if you agree to it but start feeling uncomfortable or get nervous? It’s is okay to stop. Not only is it okay, it is your right as well! Lastly girls, when you feel ready to start doing it, it’s really worth speaking to an adult you trust or even going to a clinic or pharmacy to talk to a nurse or counsellor. This way, you’ll have all the information you need about sex, especially how to protect yourself against pregnancy and infections.