Knowing More About Sex

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Whether it’s your first time, or your hundred-and-first, sex should be something that you enjoy and can have safely.

Sex can seem like a big and scary topic, but don’t worry, we’re here to break it down into manageable pieces. If you are thinking about having sex, then it is important that you are ready, can enjoy it, and can take responsibility for it. It is also important to make sure that you get contraceptive advice to protect yourself from unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Consent is also a really important factor. Read our dedicated page on consent which covers what consent means, the circumstances where it might feel confusing and the age of consent.

Consent means agreeing to do something. When it comes to sex, this means someone agreeing to take part in a sexual activity. Read more about consent here.

Are you ready for sex?
From how long you should wait, to dealing with peer pressure, it’s important to feel ready for sex.

Talking about condoms
Bringing up the subject of condoms in the heat of the moment can be tricky. Here are some tips for talking about it in advance.

How do I use a condom?
Putting on a condom can feel a bit awkward at first, but you’ll get the hang of it quite quickly. Here’s our 5 step guide.

Having sex for the first time
However you feel about your first time, we’ve got lots of tips and advice to make sure you feel comfortable and have fun.


Vaginal sex
Vaginal penetrative sex (also known as ‘vaginal intercourse’) is when the penis enters the vagina. It is a type of sex that can lead to pregnancy if you don’t use contraception.

Anal sex
Anal sex is any type of sexual activity involving the anus. This could include inserting your penis or sex toy into someone’s anus (known as penetration) as well as touching, licking or inserting fingers into it.

Dealing with sexual pressure
It can be hard to know how to deal with sexual pressure so here are some tips and ideas that might help.

Sex, risks and avoiding regret
Everyone makes mistakes throughout life. But there are some things you probably want to avoid, like pregnancy scares, STIs or sleeping with someone you shouldn’t have slept with.

5 steps to improving your self esteem
Liking who you are as a person (sometimes called self-esteem) is important for sex, relationships and life in general. Learn our 5 steps to improving it.

Masturbation (solo-sex, wanking, playing with yourself, etc) is a way of getting sexual pleasure by touching your genital area. Read our how-to guide.

From the 5 stages of an orgasm, to busting some common myths, our page should tell you all the basics.

Sexting and selfies
‘Sexting’ is a word used to describe swapping sexual messages and photos, often using a mobile phone.

Erections and staying hard
Most of the time, erection problems are due to stress and are temporary. Here’s our guide to overcoming them.

Oral sex
Everything you ever wanted to know including how to give oral sex and tips on staying safe.

Premature ejaculation (coming too soon)
Most of the time, erection problems are due to stress and are temporary. Here’s our guide to overcoming them.

Painful sex
Most people experience pain during sex at some point in their lives and it’s not always obvious why. Read our advice on overcoming it.


Read about porn, what’s legal and how it could affect your relationships. You can also get advice if you’re worried about your porn use.

Sex, relationships and your rights
Read about your rights and responsibilities when it comes to relationships and sex.
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