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Some young people don’t have enough knowledge about contraception, so that when they become sexually active they risk becoming pregnant or getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Our site www.b4udecide.ie is designed for young people and has everything you need to know to make healthy decisions about sex and relationships.
Although you will not need contraception until you are sexually active, it is important for you to know that it exists and that this is how couples in a sexual relationship prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Abstinence or avoidance of close/intimate sexual contact is the only way to give yourself 100% protection against unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
The age of consent for sexual intercourse for heterosexual and homosexual sex is 17 for boys and girls.