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What Is Sex?

Everywhere you look, someone is trying to tell you something different about sex. Some religions ask that you wait until marriage. Your parents might demand that you don’t have sex. Your friends might be having lots of sex. On television, sex is used to sell everything from cars to colas. And since when have you seen a celebrity wait until marriage to have sex?

Sex, or sexual intercourse commonly refers to when the male reproductive organ enters the female reproductive tract. However, sex does not only happen between men and women, men can have sex together and so can women.

You can have vaginal, anal or oral sex, different people like doing it in different ways.

Having sex can have consequences though, you can get pregnant or get someone pregnant if you have sex with someone of the opposite sex or, you can get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and you can be emotionally hurt. You can get more information at www.sho-me.nhs.uk

There are lots of things to consider before you have sex, have a read through the following to help you through the decision making process:



Related Questions

  • Age: 15
    Gender: Female


    My friends have all had sex what's wrong with me?


    Nothing is wrong you, not everyone has sex at the same time. The most important things about having sex is to be ready and not be pressured, do it with someone you trust and talk to someone about safer sex and contraception first. If you would like to discuss this please come and talk to the team at CHYPS Plus.

  • Age: 18
    Gender: Male


    How does the herpes thing work? Is a cold sore herpes?


    Genital Herpes is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV 1 & HSV 2; both can affect the genitals and also the mouth and nose (cold sores) and fingers (witlow).
    The virus enters the body through small cracks in the skin or through the soft lining of skin found in the mouth, vagina, anus, urethra and under the foreskin. After infection some people will experience sores. Some people get symptoms within 4-5 days after infection but some people can carry the virus without any symptoms for months or years.
    Symptoms can include ;
    •    Stinging, tingling or itching on the genital area (penis, anus or vagina)
    •    Fluid filled blister that burst leaving painful sores
    •    Pain when peeing as the urine touches the sores
    If you have any questions please feel free to call us on 02076834070 or attend clinic

    CHYPS Plus

  • Age: 15
    Gender: Female


    This week I've been feeling dizzy and I always feel like vomiting... I am not pregnant because I am only 15.  And I also have a red thing on my breast; should I make an appointment or is normal things? Whenever I eat I feel really full then I feel like vomiting. Is it normal? Thanks x


    Felling sick is your body's way of telling something isn't right and you should make an appointment to see your GP or attend CHYPS Plus.

    Age has no bearing on pregnancy so you should always practice safer sex to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, you can attend CHYPS plus and receive contraception, please have a look at the contraception page on the CHYPS Plus website; http://www.chypsplus.nhs.uk/zone-5-lets-talk-about-sex/contraception

    in relation to your breast we are unable to provide diagnosis via email, anytime you notice changes to your skin colour and shape etc. you should see a medical professional.

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