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Checklist For When You Might Be Ready For Sex

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1. You feel you could say no and that would be OK - but you still want to do it
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2. You know your own mind and know it’s right
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3. You may have some anxieties about it - but not any fear
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4. Nobody’s forcing or pressuring you
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5. When you know you won’t regret it - as much as you can ever know that
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6. You don’t need someone else’s permission. You’re not doing it just to keep up with your friends
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7. You’ve agreed you’re both in love and want to take this next step together
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8. You aren’t wanting to have sex to keep a boyfriend/ girlfriend happy or just to make you popular
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9. You have talked about it together, discussed using condoms and contraception, and agreed what happens next and whether or not to tell your friends afterwards
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10. You each want it for yourselves - not just because the other person does, or to please them
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