<a href="https://www.liveabout.com/teens-4145429" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">Pregnancy</a> is the risk you might think of first, but there&#39;s a whole slew of ugly diseases that sex puts you at risk for. Take the STD quiz and see if you know all there is to know.<p>Pop quiz: what&#39;s the best tool for preventing STDs and pregnancy? Are you afraid to talk to your sweetie about the L-word? (You know – lube?) Before you do anything, make sure you read these tips about safe sex.</p><p>Even if you take every precaution, you can still get pregnant. (Condoms are only effective 85% of the time, after all.) If you&#39;re not ready to deal with having a baby or an abortion, then you&#39;re not ready for sex.</p><p>Check the age of consent chart to make sure that you and your partner can legally have sex in your state. If you can&#39;t do it legally, then don&#39;t. The law is there for a reason: to protect you and your partner from what might end up to be a bad idea, emotionally and mentally.</p>Drinking impairs your judgment, making you more likely to do something you&#39;ll regret the next day. If you&#39;re drunk, you&#39;re also less likely to use a condom, or to use it the right way.When you&#39;re in a position where someone can have sex with you, you&#39;re totally vulnerable. If you have any doubts about how your sweetie will treat you during sex - and the next day, and the day after that - trust your gut and get away from them now.<p>The first time you have sex, it might not be romantic, or fun, or even that sexy. In fact, it might be <a href="https://www.liveabout.com/does-sex-hurt-the-first-time-you-have-it-3196580" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">awkward and painful</a>. Here&#39;s some more about <a href="https://www.liveabout.com/facts-about-the-first-time-you-have-sex-4078669" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="2">what to expect for your first time</a>.</p>This doesn&#39;t mean you&#39;re not allowed to break up. But if something happens - like a pregnancy or an STD - you might have to be in each other&#39;s lives a lot longer than you planned.<p>You should only have sex if you really <em>want</em> to have sex. Not because your partner wants to have sex. Not because everyone at your school has already had sex. (Some of them are lying. Trust me.)</p>You can say it any time before you have sex - even the <i>second</i> before it - no matter what you&#39;ve said in the past. It&#39;s your body, and you alone are in charge of what happens to it.