It may seem as though everyone your age is having sex. This can make you feel that you should, too. But the truth is that only about half of high school students have ever had intercourse and the average age when people start having sex is about age 17. Even once they start having sex, most teens don’t have sex frequently.
How do you feel about these reasons for having sex?
- I feel like the only “virgin” in my group of friends.
- I want to just “get it over with.”
- My partner will break up with me if I don’t have sex.
- Having sex will make me popular.
- I’ll feel more mature if I have sex.
If you think these are good reasons to have sex, you’re not ready.