Be prepared to say no

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If you’re thinking about having sex, it’s always best to talk about contraception with your partner first, and wait until you’re both ready. You shouldn’t ever feel pressured into having sex when you don’t want to, or pressured into having sex without a condom.  Even if people are in a relationship or have had sex with each other before, it doesn’t mean that they have to have sex another time. Everyone has the right to be able to say no.

Respect and trust
In a healthy relationship, both you and your partner should respect and trust each other, so that you know that they value you and want to be with you.  It’s also really important to be able to talk openly and honestly with each other about how you’re feeling. You shouldn’t be made to feel like you aren’t allowed to see your friends, or like your partner is in control of what you can and can’t do. If your relationship does make you feel unhappy you shouldn’t have to stay together. Every relationship is different and it’s okay to have a few disagreements – but on the whole they are for you and your partner to enjoy!

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