Youth

Sexuality is an important part of who we are. This includes our values and beliefs, our thoughts and feelings, our individual identity, gender identity, and sexual orientation, our body, and our relationships.

These are all aspects of our sexuality, ones that many of us will continue to explore through our entire lives. 

Always Ask Questions

It's ok to have questions. It means that you're in touch with your feelings and your body. You're connected to yourself.

Learn about changes that happen to you and your body during puberty and in your teen years.

Asking the right questions will help uncover your sexuality, and find comfortable ways to express yourself as a sexual being.

Asking questions also helps you to make safer choices about love, sex, relationships, pregnancy and much more.

Knowledge is power, and you have the right to make an informed decision.  

Remember, the final decision about whether or not to have to sex, and how best to protect yourself, is always yours.

Get the information you need

Ask yourself…

  • Does this feel right for me?
  • Am I ready for sex?
  • Do I feel pressured?
  • Do I feel safe and respected?
  • Do I think this will be a fun and pleasurable experience for me?
  • Can I talk about my feelings with my partner(s) without feeling scared or embarrassed?
  • Do we have protection from pregnancy and/or STIs?

When you're unsure about anything to do with your sexual health or sexuality, talking it over with someone you trust, and getting reliable information are always good first steps.

 

Check out the "Related Links" at the right for Teen-Friendly sites!

 

If You Need to Think About Pregnancy Options... 

In Canada, there are three options available to pregnant people: parenting, adoption, and abortion. 

It’s important that you make a decision that’s right for you, and that you get support from someone who will respect your decision.

If you think you or your partner might be pregnant, find out as soon as possible! Consider going to a doctor, community health clinic, teen clinic or pharmacy to get a pregnancy test. Putting off the test may limit your options.