Q. How do you know when you’re really ready to have sex?
A. Sex is very intimate. It’s not just physical, it can be emotional too. It’s normal for teens to have strong sexual feelings, but it doesn’t always mean you have to act on them. You can feel physically ready for sex but not be in the right relationship for any number of reasons. Because having sex can be so emotionally powerful, it’s easy to get hurt. Sex is only part of a relationship. Other important things — like trust, mutual respect, and caring — need to be in place too. Finally, for all its magic, sex can have a downside, such as an unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STD).