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I don’t know if I’m ready for sex!

Question: I’m dating this girl and my friends are asking us if we’ve “sealed the deal”, so to speak. We just laugh it off and play along, but the truth is that we haven’t. We have done other stuff, like kissing, but not more. We haven’t really talked about going further either. Is there something wrong with me or her? I don’t know how to tell if I’m ready for sex. Teentalker , 17-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

This letter made me smile – thank you for being honest about your uncertainty. As a teenager there is a lot of pressure from peers and the media to be sexually active, but so many teens (and adults) have completely natural, normal hesitations about taking that step. First - there’s nothing wrong with you, or your girlfriend. In fact, I think you both have a good thing going because neither of you have tried to pressurize or convince each other to “seal the deal”. And the next piece of good news is that you have your whole life to experime.....

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