When you are sexually active, pregnancy is usually the greatest concern. You may be afraid of what your parents or boyfriend will do if you become pregnant. You may also be concerned that you will not be able to finish school or pursue your career. While pregnancy is something to be very concerned about, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are equally, if not more, worrisome. You are at risk for pregnancy if you have sex around ovulation (about 3 days a month), but you are at risk for getting an STD every time you have sex.
There are now more than a dozen STDs, several of which are chronic, life-long infections. Some cause infertility, cancer, and even death! In the United States, it is estimated that there are 19 million new infections each year – over half of these occurring in young people, ages 15-24.
Sex and Dating – Be willing to wait! Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) is 100% safe.
There are many pros and cons to dating, and it all depends on how you approach your relationships. If you feel that you are not ready or interested in having a committed relationship you may want to postpone dating until you feel that you are ready. There is no rush to start dating. The decision to have sex is a very important one, and there are lots of things to think about. Sexual relationships affect your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Whether you are considering sexual activity, or you have already had sex, there are risks for pregnancy and STIs even when using birth control or condoms. The only sure way to avoid getting an STI or to prevent pregnancy is to practice abstinence. Once you are in a long-term, mutually monogamous and committed relationship with an uninfected partner (in marriage), you will have no reason to worry about getting an STI. Do you want to talk with someone about your relationship? We are here for you. Please feel free to Contact Us.
This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.