During adolescence your body goes through physical, chemical, and emotional changes.  As you go through these changes, you become interested in deeper emotional and physical relationships.  During health class you begin to learn about reproduction and sex, but most of what teens learn they learn from their friends and the internet.

The information that you get from your friends or the internet is not always accurate and we all know that raising your hand to ask a question in health class is out of the question.  We encourage you to talk to your parents about sex, however if this is not possible, we can be helpful.  Many times teenagers will ask about sex in the office and as many of you know during your physicals, we ask you about sex.  However, it is not always easy for you to get to the office so we have prepared the teen section of our web site with this in mind.

There is lots of information here for you to use.  If you want to search the web yourself, we recommend you find a few sites that have accurate information about sexuality.  We hope that getting accurate information about sex is easy, the hard part is what do you do with that information.  When you ask yourself, (or someone else asks you) if you are ready for sex here are some things we would like you to think about:

  • This is an important decision that has health consequences if you do not practice safe sex, therefore you accept responsibility for your health but also the health of others.
  • STDs do exist in the South coast region, unfortunately we have to treat people for herpes, HIV, and Chlamydia.  If your partner does not want to practice safe sex for any reason this is not the right time for you to have sex.
  • Being forced or coerced into sex is not cool, if you feel pressure to have sex from your friends or significant other, this is not the right time for you to have sex.
  • Although it sometimes seems like you are the only person who is not having sex, this is not true.
  • In order to enter into a mature relationship you should feel good about yourself.  Having sex to make someone love you or stay with you doesn’t work.  We see many teens who have tried this in the past without success.