An angry looking group of teensPeer pressure is always tough to deal with, especially when it comes to sex. Some teenagers decide to have sexual relationships because their friends think sex is cool. Others feel pressured by the person they are dating. Still, others find it easier to give in and have sex than to try to explain why not. Some teenagers get caught up in the romantic feelings and believe having sex is the best way they can prove their love.

Some things to think about before peer pressure makes the decision for you:

Knowing how you feel about yourself is the first big step in handling peer pressure. It’s OK to want to enjoy your teen years and all the fun times that can be had. It’s OK to respect yourself enough to say, “No, I’m not ready to have sex.”

How to avoid peer or date pressure

If you’re worried about being pressured or you’re currently experiencing it, know that you are not alone and there is something you can do about it.