Find out more about cookies and your privacy in our policy. Deciding to have sex for the first time is a pretty big deal.
Sexual consent must be explicit, which means that both people say that they really want to have sex. Read up on five things you need to know about sexual consent here. Luckily, there are things you can do to reduce the chances of becoming infected or pregnant.
For some people, first-time sex can feel uncomfortable and may hurt or sting a bit. Medications, hormones, tiredness and illness can also have an effect.
Try suggesting a different position, asking your partner to slow down, or using extra lubrication. If it hurts a lot, stop.
The hymen is a thin membrane that surrounds the opening of the vagina. You may notice a little bit of blood the first time you have vaginal sex if the hymen tears. If it continues, visit your GP.
First-time sex can be awesome, or it may leave you feeling a bit disappointed. As with most things, good sex takes practice.