We were teenagers once, so we know the thoughts surrounding sex. And for a lot of us, when it came to “The Talk” with our parents, it could have gone better than it did. Looking back, we might wish our parents told us one thing when they told us another. So for you, gorgeous ones, we have six things teenage girls need to know about sex
1. Condoms are a must – no ifs, ands, or buts.
Pregnancies and diseases are very real! Be 100% safe. And, ladies, know that carrying your own condoms is just as important as a man carrying his.
2. Popping your cherry is a myth.
Seriously, because science! If you’re a virgin and have been wondering about sex for the first time, your hymen doesn’t actually break. If there is rubbing against it, the hymen can stretch and the friction can cause it to tear and bleed. That won’t happen with regular sex, but if that doesn’t happen again for a while, your hymen can go back to its original position. You have your hymen for your whole life. #KnowYourBodyGurl
3. Sex doesn’t look how it looks on TV.
If you’re expecting a romantic fairy tale, think again. Sex totally and completely has romantic moments, but it’s not going to look like one directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. It can be clumsy and awkward, but that’s the beauty of it.
4. Don’t listen to other girls your age about sex.
It’s likely that your BFFs are just as confused about sex as you are (even if they say they’re not), so don’t take advice from them. They don’t know what they’re talking about (yet)! Talk to a trusted adult who will tell you the real deal but still keep it cool.
5. Don’t be ashamed.
If you have sudden urges and questions, don’t ignore them. Be brave and open up to actually ask the questions you need answered. Explore yourself!
6. You don’t have to have sex if you don’t want to.
It’s that simple. If you’re not up to it, don’t do it. It’s no fun regretting something because you felt pressured.