My girlfriend and I have been going out for about a year. I wouldn't say we're prudes but we're both 19 about to be 20 in college and haven't done anything sexual with anyone, even with each other, ever and are both virgins.
We both want to have sex but through our open discussions we are both still extremely worried and frankly freaked out about the possibility of pregnancy, especially considering we both are on scholarships and have no interest in becoming parents until our 30s. We've basically hit a dilemma where we both want to have sex, but are extremely paranoid that the 1-2% chance of failure would happen to us (knowing our luck haha) and ruin our lives. Neither of us are the types to want to wait til we're married and are extremely responsible, but also want to be able to express ourselves.
Birth control isn't something she's crazy about just because of the alleged side effects and even then I know there's always a chance regardless of what you do. I was just hoping to get some feedback from someone who waited til they were older or feels the same way we do.
Certainly, I'd say that if someone doesn't want to become pregnant, and also isn't willing to use at least one reliable method of contraception, then it's probably not a good idea for them to have the kind of sex that presents risks of pregnancy.
That said, not all kinds of sex present those risks, and I'd also say that talking about going right to the kinds of sex that do -- rather than becoming sexual more gradually -- often isn't a great way to go even when someone IS using contraception or does want to become pregnant.
So, perhaps you can give me a better picture of even why it is it sounds like you're leading by talking about the kind of sex that presents risks you don't want, or maybe doing things you're conflicted about (or she is), rather than starting with more basic stuff, and sexual things that don't pose risks you don't want right now?
(Just FYI, you posted this in the area of the boards where replies are from staff or volunteers only. Now, while I wouldn't say holding off on sex with a partner until 19 or 20 really is 'waiting until one is older," since that's still a fairly typical age for sexual debut, if you do want personal feedback from others in a similar spot, it might be best we move this to an area of the boards where our general users can answer, too. If you'd like that, just let me know!)
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We're definitely all for condoms...we're just both a bit paranoid since it's not "100%". I know there are plenty of people who use them correctly and successfully, but it's one of the many reasons we haven't done anything up to this point. Just wanted to get some feedback as to whether we're just being paranoid or what other options there may be that aren't too drastic.
We haven't participated in any other sexual activity, although less-risky types were what we saw as the original solution to the question. We're not in any rush, but we are bringing up these types of questions now (and have been for a few months now) and just want to be prepared when we do decide.
To us we sure feel like we're older than most! Not that that's important to us (if it was, well, we wouldn't have waited so long). It doesn't' really matter to us what we do, we'd rather just hang out anyway. I was raised by a single mother, so that's part of the reason why I really don't push the subject of sex with my girlfriend or any other girls I've dated as I feel that's respectful. But, we are sexual people and again would like to be prepared and on the same page rather than make any mistakes.
And sure, moving the topic to another location would be great.
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