Choosing to become a parent is one of the biggest decisions to make in life so it’s not surprising that most people decide not to take on this physically and emotionally demanding role within their teenage years.
If you don’t want to have an unplanned pregnancy it’s important to get information and support to help you think about relationship, sex and contraceptive choices.
It’s important to note these key messages:
- It’s your choice to have sex, nobody else’s
- Most people don’t have sex until they are over 16 and some delay it much further until they are ready.
- Most people who have had sex before 16 regret it later, so there is no need to rush, wait until you are ready.
- You can get free, confidential advice about contraception whatever your age- even if you are under 16
- If you are sexually active, use condoms and other methods of contraception to prevent against pregnancy and catching a sexually transmitted infection
If you do become a teenage parent it is important to have the right support to achieve good health and wellbeing outcomes for you and your child. This is because younger parents and their children are more likely to experience difficulties with;
- Emotional health
- Education and employment
- Alcohol or substance misuse
To help teenage parents achieve their full potential there are services that provide information and support about parenting, education, training, health and wellbeing. For a full list of these services, click the 'View all services' button on the right.