Deciding when to have sex is a highly personal choice. Find an adult (such as a parent or relative) whom you can trust, and engage in an open and honest conversation about sex.While it may feel embarrassing to ask questions and openly discuss sex, an adult can help you sort through the feelings and thoughts you are having.The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) identifies multiple factors that may influence teens.
Some parents, religious leaders, and educators feel abstinence-only programs are far superior to methods of sex education that teach about birth control and sexual responsibility.According to the Heritage Foundation, abstinence-only programs are important for the following reasons: The efficacy of abstinence-only programs is hotly debated. Social scientists have studied the issue in depth, and many youth health organizations have weighed in on the topic. Your mind may tell you one thing while your body is suggesting something else. These are just a few of the many questions you may be asking as you consider entering a sexual relationship.Take the time to learn about preventing pregnancy, HIV and STDs before you engage in sex.Before you decide to engage in sexual activity, make sure you have a partner you trust.Alcohol and drug use can have a strong, in-the-moment affect on decision making because of lowered inhibitions.
A 2002 study from the Guttmacher Institute found that teen girls with an older partner were more likely to engage in early sexual activity than girls with partners who were the same age as them.
Many other factors may affect the decisions teens make about sex, as well.
Some of these factors are within the control of parents and teens, while others are not.
In this study, the age difference with the highest risk was six years or more.
However, even a three year age difference between partners increased early sexual activity.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy notes many other factors that may contribute to teen sexual decision-making, including: Many parents and educators believe that the best way to prevent teen sex and the consequences that may arise as a result of sexual activity is to offer a school or faith-based, abstinence-only program.