Sex and relationships

​You should never feel pressured into having sex with somebody. It is your choice.

Having sex is a very intimate and personal experience and just because you are in a relationship, you do not have to have sex. You may also have ethical or religious reasons for not having sex. Before you decide to have sex, talk to someone you trust about your feelings.

Sexuality

Sexual orientation is about who you are attracted to both physically and emotionally. Everyone has a sexual orientation and this might change over time. There is no set age that people get to know their sexual and emotional feelings. Everyone is different.

It might take some time to work out what your sexual orientation is. There’s no such thing as normal and you don’t have to feel pressured or rushed to give yourself a label.

Who can I talk to?

  • The Lowdown offer advice and counselling about sexual health and sexual orientation
  • The NHS run sexual health clinics through Northamptonshire 
  • Time2Talk offer sexual health and STI clinics especially for young people in Daventry and Towcester
  • Text your school nurse - for friendly, helpful and confidential advice, text your school nurse on 07507 329 600
 

Where can I find out more?

  • Advice from Stonewall if you are confused about your sexuality
  • Rise Above has interactive sex and relationships advice
  • Advice from the NHS on peer pressure, STIs and things to consider if you’re thinking about having sex
  • The Site has sex and relationships advice and real life stories from young people

Child Sexual Exploitation

The Northampton Safeguarding Children's Board has information on how to spot the signs of Child Sexual Exploitation and who you can talk to about it. Under 25s experience the highest rates of STIs in the UK

Pregnancy

If you think you might be pregnant, there are lots of sites you can visit for advice and support, both locally and nationally.

Where can I get help and support?

  • Text your school nurse - for friendly, helpful and confidential advice, text your school nurse on 07507 329 600
  • The Lowdown offers free and confidential pregnancy testing in the Northampton area
  • Time2Talk offer support and counselling for pregnant young people in Daventry and Towcester
  • Coram work with young parents aged 13 to 25, supporting them in balancing parenthood with their own needs, and helping them create better chances for their children.
  • The NHS offers a range of services to support young mums during pregnancy and after you have given birth​.
  • The Families Information Service lists information on childcare and support for new families
  • Healthy Start offer vouchers to pregnant young people under the age of 18 which can be exchanged for free milk, fruit and veg and vitamins.
  • Youthworks in Kettering and Corby offer support relating to sexual health and relationships as well as a condom distribution C-card service, pregnancy testing and chlamydia screenings

Breastfeeding

If you are pregnant, why not consider breastfeeding to give your baby the best start in life? Research has shown the benefits of breastfeeding and that breastfed babies experience fewer health problems and enjoy better health later in life.

 Back to

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Related pages

Please Add Some Content

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Useful links

Please Add Some Content

Video: Every day across the UK, around three people who could have benefited from a transplant die because there aren’t enough organ donors. And curre...

View on Facebook

We are continuing our campaign to find foster carers for the many older children waiting for homes in our county. Older children need help to organis...

View on Facebook

A new campaign has been launched by NHS England called ‘Stay Well Pharmacy’. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the services offered by pharmacie...

View on Facebook

Timeline Photos

Our next fostering and adoption information evening is this Wednesday 21st February at 6.30pm. We would love to see you there. http://ow.ly/1WaK30itX...

View on Facebook

Did you get engaged on Valentine’s Day? Want to know what to do next? Visit our website for further information on how to book a civil ceremony with ...

View on Facebook

Fostering and Adoption information evening

Our next fostering and adoption information evening is this Wednesday 21st February at 6.30pm. We would love to see you there.

View on Facebook
17/02/2017 15:57
Test
22/12/2016 09:10
test highways news release
31/08/2016 22:00
Northamptonshire County Council’s Cabinet will next month (September 6th) discuss plans to add an additional 105 new places at Wollaston Community Primary School.
31/08/2016 22:00
This summer’s Women’s Tour was watched by a record-breaking 80,000 people in Northamptonshire – 12,500 more than last year.
© Northamptonshire County Council 2016