1: Don’t be embarrassed
2: Find someone you trust
If you’re finding it hard to talk about sex, then the first step is to find someone that you trust. This could be a parent, sibling, family member or carer. It could be a teacher or tutor. It could even be a nurse or a doctor. It will be easier to discuss things if you find someone that you can talk to.
3: It’s OK to ask questions
4: Be body confident
No-one has a perfect body and most people feel insecure about their body some of the time. We all need to learn to love the body we have whether it is scarred, has tubes sticking out of it or bags attached. Learning to love ourselves and be confident in our own skin is often the first step to accepting who we are and being accepted by others.
5: Remember, it’s OK to make mistakes
6: Telling a new partner you have a life-limiting condition
7: Know your rights
It’s important that you know what your rights are. The Sexuality Guidance and Standards (3rd Edition) will help you understand where professionals stand in supporting you. Do your research and be prepared to be assertive about your right to explore sex, sexuality, intimacy and relationships.
8: Be you
You are you, a unique individual. You need to ensure you are comfortable with who you are and are able to advocate and be assertive around your needs, and your rights. This is especially true if you identify as LGBTQ+ and may encounter more challenges around your sexuality or gender identity.
9: Keep talking…
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