Intercourse (sex) is when a penis enters a vagina; this can cause an ejaculation of semen. The sperm in the semen can meet an egg in the fallopian tube. If the sperm meets an egg it may fertilize and cause pregnancy. You will not get your period if you are pregnant.
The best way to prevent pregnancy is to practice abstinence. If you have sex, use contraception or birth control to prevent pregnancy.
Abstinence means not having sexual intercourse. Abstaining from sex is the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
It can be difficult to have a child as a young person. It harder to stay in school, can cause financial difficulties, or negative reactions from parents and peers. Pregnancy and childbirth are usually safe but in some cases there are medical complications, especially among young mothers
In a healthy relationship, sex should never be pressured, forced, or traded. Having sex will not make you mature faster. Young people who decide to have sex, should use condoms as well as other pregnancy prevention methods to avoid pregnancy and HIV/ STI infection.
Sometimes people are forced to have sex against their wishes, this is called rape. It is always wrong and the rape survivor is never guilty. You have the right to choose if you want to have sex, and everyone has the responsibility to respect others’ choices. If this has happened to you, go to a health center or One Stop Center.
Abortion is ending pregnancy before the fetus is born.
Sometimes the body expels the fetus by itself. Abortions performed by non-professionals people are unsafe and can result in death. If an abortion occurs go immediately to a health facility.
Early signs of pregnancy can include a missed period, tender breasts, nausea, and changes in appetite and emotions. Avoid using tobacco, drugs or alcohol when pregnant. If you are HIV positive, make sure to take your HIV medication during pregnancy. If you are worried you might be pregnant, go to a health center for advice.