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Contraceptive choices

We had been going out for two months when it started feeling like the 'right' time to have sex. My boyfriend was experienced but I never had sex before.
I was feeling pretty nervous about it. I mean, how do you know when the time is right? It's pretty embarrassing when you're the last virgin of all your friends.
I definitely didn't want to get pregnant, and I knew there were infections that could be passed through sex so I wanted to know about all my options.
I ended up going to a sexual health clinic set up for young people. There was a great educator there and I asked heaps of questions.
They said that although the contraceptive pill, injections (Depo-Provera) and the implant (Implanon) are really effective in preventing pregnancy, they don't protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
I thought about it for a while and decided on the contraceptive pill. I got my own Medicare card and saw a youth friendly doctor.
They said it was a good idea for my boyfriend to have an STI test, to make sure he doesn't have an STI from previous sexual partners.
It was embarrassing talking to my boyfriend about this stuff, as I trusted him. But some STI, like chlamydia, don't have any symptoms, so most people don't know they have it.
We also talked about being faithful to each other. Cos if one of us were to have unprotected sex with someone else, we could get an STI and give it to each other.
So far the pill has worked out ok for us. The hardest thing is remembering to take it at the same time each day. So I set a reminder on my phone.
My boyfriend and I are also going to have regular STI tests. They are free and confidential anyway. Now there's a lot of trust between us and I know I can talk to him about anything.
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