Healthy living

Relationships, sex and other stuff

When you are a teenager, you have more freedom than when you were a kid. You are on the road to becoming an adult. The adults around you are beginning to trust you to look after yourself and to make your own way. More and more, you will make decisions for yourself about the things that are important to you.

With this freedom comes new kinds of responsibility. What happens to your body and how you look after it are only part of the ride. You will encounter many different situations and new ideas: there are new kinds of relationships, love and sex. And how to keep feeling good about yourself, and how to get on with people.

(You may also like to read about what happens to your body during puberty.)

We’ve got together a heap of information so that you can read up on the important stuff.

Friends and relationships

  • Communication (friends, mood swings, sorting stuff out)
  • Like? Like a lot? Love! (love, crushes, falling in and falling out)
  • Types of relationships (sexuality, heterosexual, homosexual)

Sex

  • Masturbation
  • Sexual feelings in relationships (kissing, reasons for physical involvement, peer pressure)
  • Sexual intercourse (safe sex, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections)
  • Sex and the law (age of consent)
  • Decisions about sex (alternatives, are you ready, is it right for you?)
  • Important things you need to know about sex (consent, sexual abuse, sexual assault)

Getting pregnant

  • Contraception (birth control)
  • Conception (falling pregnant)
  • Being pregnant
  • Birth
  • After the birth

Adolescence is a time of many changes

During this stage of your life, you will feel happiest and grow to your full potential if you remain true to yourself and true to your own personal goals and desires.

Don’t forget that there are people around who care for you, like your parents, teachers and school nurses, who’ll be willing to listen and help you along the way. You’ll make it through adolescence one way or another, but you don’t have to do the hard bits alone if you don’t want to.

Where to get help


Acknowledgements
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