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Pregancy

Manos sosteniendo estómago embarazadoI remember the day my girlfriend told me she was pregnant. One minute I had no worries, then the next I had a lifetime full. Having sex used to make me feel grown up. But there's a big difference between feeling grown up and being grown up. I'm just now learning what it means to be responsible for the life of another person. I wish I could go back to having a future that is just all mine, but I can't. -Dylan

Would a guy ever turn down sex? Of course. I did. My ex-girlfriend wanted to have sex but I refused. I liked her, but I wasn't ready to be tied down or get more involved. Last month she came over to me and told me that I was the only boy she'd ever dated who respected girls and didn't try to use them. She’s pregnant now. -Craig

Regrets

Cara de niña adolescenteI didn't talk to my boyfriend about some things that I should have. I was too embarrassed to talk to him about using protection. I was too embarrassed to ask him if he had slept with anyone else. Turns out none of that would have been nearly as embarrassing as going to the health department. Like most teens, I was not mature enough to handle all that. What I really should have talked to him about was waiting. -Janet

My boyfriend was curious about what having sex would be like. I thought it would make him happy and bring us closer together. I was so confident that I was making a good decision. Instead of finding happiness, I lost the one feeling I thought I could never lose. I lost my feeling of self-worth. -Sharyn

Choices

Niño sonriendoSome of my friends talk a lot about their sexual experiences. They keep asking me about mine. I get teased a lot because I want to wait until I'm married. I've started hanging out more with teens who think and feel as I do. It really helps. -Scott

My girlfriend and I have talked about having sex. I suppose the worst that could happen, if we wait, is that we'll have a bunch of times when we're very frustrated. On the other hand, the best thing that could happen is that we look back someday and congratulate ourselves for being so smart. -Mitch

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