It is normal for teens to develop relationships with other people. These relationships sometimes result in social and physical bonds that are stronger than those developed in previous relationships. Some teens even engage in sexual activity with their girlfriends or boyfriends as a result of these bonds. It is important to be aware of the consequences of having a sexual relationship at a young age. The following are just a few of the factors you need to consider when it comes to sex and relationships:
- Relationship problems
- Emotional consequences of sex
- Risk of sexually transmitted diseases
- Teen pregnancy risks
- Dealing with relationships as a teen
Teens and Relationships
As you get older, you may notice your friends engaging in relationships and sexual activity that you are not ready to pursue. It is important to understand the problems that might develop as a result of engaging in sex, especially if you do not feel ready for intercourse or other sexual activities. The Guttmacher Institute says that the average age of first intercourse is 17, but it is okay to wait if you are not ready.
Some health problems develop after someone has unprotected sex with another person. Intercourse is not the only activity that transmits infections, however. It is also possible to get sexually transmitted infections from oral sex and even manual stimulation. Teen pregnancy is also a concern, especially for teens who do not have the financial resources and emotional support network needed during pregnancy. If you plan to engage in sexual activity, it is important to protect yourself against pregnancy and diseases. Unfortunately, some teens do not consider these consequences before engaging in sex. As a result, nearly half of the new cases of sexually transmitted diseases each year occur in people ranging from 15 to 24 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some teens also develop mental health problems related to their sexual activities. If you have a serious relationship at a very young age, you might have difficulty getting through a breakup. Feelings of loneliness and rejection increase the risk for depression. If you are not ready for a physical relationship, you may experience anxiety and other emotions.
Coping With Sex and Relationships
Some teens do not consider the emotional and physical problems that can result from sexual activity. It is important to think about them before engaging in sex so that you can learn how to cope with being in a physical relationship. One of the best things to do is talk to someone you trust. In some cases, parents are willing to listen when their children are feeling pressured to have sex. However, some parents are not willing or able to engage in such personal discussions. If this is the case, an older sibling or counselor might be able to provide advice. Talking about your concerns is a good way to determine if you are ready for a physical relationship.
Peer pressure influences some teens to have sex before they are ready. Education is key when it comes to making this decision. If you do not feel ready for sex, do not engage in sexual activity just to please your classmates or friends. You should talk to your partner about all the emotional and physical dangers of sex so both of you can make informed decisions about engaging in sexual activity. Discussing your relationship is a good way to determine if you are committed to each other and ready to explore a physical relationship with each other. Just because some of your classmates are having sex does not mean that you are ready for a sexual relationship. It is normal to wait until you are ready, especially if you have doubts about your commitment.