Thinking of going all the way? Know your facts.
- Most people don’t have sex until they’re over 16
- Research shows that those who have had sex under the age of 16 are more likely to regret it and less likely to use contraception
- Unprotected sex is always risky as it could lead to unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (sometimes referred to as STIs or STDs)
- Sex without a condom is seriously risky; always use a condom
- There are 13 methods of contraception including the pill for you to choose from
- Some STIs, particularly chlamydia, have no symptoms
- You can’t tell by looking who has an STI, but fewer partners = less risk of getting an STI
Contraception Services/Family Planning Clinics
If you’ve had unprotected sex, had a condom split or forgotten your regular method of contraception then you may be at risk of an unplanned pregnancy or an infection.
You can get information, help and advice in confidence from The Centre Sexual Health Clinic, with branches all over Devon. The staff are specialists in managing difficult, confidential situations.
Free emergency contraception is available at most pharmacies if you’re under 18. Remember that it must be taken within 72 hours and the sooner the better (if it is over 72 hours, your local sexual medicine clinic may still be able to help).