Young people and sexual health
Your sexual health and wellbeing is important and looking after your sexual health can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.
Being confident about your sexual health can also help in developing positive relationships.
Enjoying a sexual relationship can be very rewarding and satisfying when it is consensual. If either person is not comfortable or isn’t sure, there is nothing wrong with saying no.
Although there's a legal age of consent, it’s not necessarily the right age for you to begin having sex.
A survey of the behaviour and attitudes of young people in Northern Ireland indicated that the majority (89%) of pupils in Years 11 and 12 had not had sexual intercourse.4