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For Teens: Making Decisions About Intimacy and Sex

This article really offers some great thinking points for teens who are about to embark on a sexual relationship. There are also links at the bottom of the page for further reading.

If you’re a teen who’s dating, even casually, the time is going to come when you need to make choices about the physical part of your relationship. This topic can be tricky, confusing, and hard to talk about, but if you don’t give it some thought early on, you may regret it. Feelings and emotions on this subject can be really powerful.

So, what do you need to think about? A lot of things. There are personal and value-based decisions you need to consider. There are relationship questions you’ll want to ask yourself. And, if you are considering becoming sexually active, there are major practical considerations to keep in mind. Only you can answer these questions, and your feelings may change over time. But to be prepared, you’ll want to think it over. Let’s take it piece by piece.

Personal Values

These are questions relating to your personal values regarding sexual relationships.

What are my inner feelings about sexual relationships for me, now?


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