Relationships

Am I ready for Sex?

Having sex for the first time can be a big decision. Think about if you're ready emotionally and for the potential risks it carries, like pregnancy or STIs.

 

In the end though, it's your choice and your choice only. If you do decide to have sex, it's a very good idea to learn about birth control and protecting yourself from STIs.

Even if you have had sex with a partner before, you get to choose each and every time if you want to have sex. 

If you have a partner who harms you physically, emotionally, or sexually or tries to control you, get help.

When should I get help?​

Communication is more than just texts and phone calls.  Good communication means being open about your concerns and respecting each other's feelings, choices, and desires. 

If you are having sex, it also means being able to talk about getting checked and knowing each other's status.

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If you think you are in an abusive or unhealthy relationship.
If you think you have been coerced into sex.
If you need mental health counseling for any reason.
  • Crisis, Referral & Information Hotline: (410) 433-5175

  • Renewal Counseling Center: (410) 529-2151

  • The Family Tree: (410) 889-2300

  • Behavioral Health System Baltimore:
    (410) 637-1900

If you, or someone you know, has a problem with alcohol or other substances.
If you, or a partner, have an unplanned pregnancy.
If you think you need support within the LGBTQ community. 
  • Star Trak: (410) 706-6000

  • Chase Brexton: (410) 837-2050

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KnowWhatUWant.org was developed by the Baltimore City Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative with additional information provided by the Association of Reproductive Health ProfessionalsBedsiderThe National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and Planned Parenthood. All birth control photography is property of bedsider.org and used with permission.

Know What U Want is a project of the Baltimore City Health Department and The Family League of Baltimore with the support of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, The Maryland Institute College of Art, New Lens, The Abell Foundation, The Straus Foundation, The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation and The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation.