Becoming a parent can be
a wonderful and fulfilling thing in life, but it’s important that
you’re ready for it.
Bringing up a baby will
put you under huge pressure and stress and can be really hard work.
That’s why so many people wait until they’re a bit older to start a
If you have unprotected
sex, you might get pregnant. Using contraception, for example
condoms, the pill, cap or coil, will prevent this. Condoms are best
as they stop you catching STI’s like Chlamydia, candida, herpes and
HIV AIDS too.
Don’t be embarrassed to
talk about contraception early on, so you don’t get carried away
before it’s too late. It’s worth it to stay safe and healthy.
If you’ve had unprotected
sex and your period is late, don’t panic. The next step is to find
out if you’re pregnant and decide what to do.
What to look out for:
Don’t have sex because your boyfriend or
girlfriend wants you to but you’re not sure. It’s completely up to
you. Remember it’s against the law to have sex if you’re under
Signs you might be pregnant:
- Your period is late.
- You feel sick or are vomiting.
- You have a metallic taste in your mouth.
- Your breasts are sore.
What to do:
- Go to your Doctor or sexual health clinic to
find out about different types of contraception.
- If you’ve had unprotected sex and your period
is late, take a pregnancy test at your Doctor’s, chemist or family
planning clinic. Talk to your parents about what to do. If you feel
you can’t there are lots of places to go to get help and
- If you’ve had unprotected sex, emergency
contraception can stop you getting pregnant as long as you take it
within 72 hours. Ask your Doctor or family planning clinic.
Sexual Health Helpline: 0800 567 123
Keeping Children and Young People safe is everybodies