Most people have sex for the first time when they are 16 or older. Remember though, although 16 is the legal age of consent this doesn’t mean that this is necessarily right for you. Being ready for sex is about it being the right time for you, not because your friends are pressuring you.
If you are sexually active you are running the risk of becoming pregnant or contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It’s important to talk to your partner about contraception before you have sex. Starting a conversation about safer sex may feel awkward but as well as protecting you it will help you to feel more confident and in control.