They kick in during your teen years and they don't stop making problems until, um, say 15 minutes after you're dead (and that's only an estimate ;)
Messy, pulse-raising, and the most enjoyable experience you'll ever experience - with the possible exception of chocolate
- SEX is what's uppermost on most teens' minds.
And you can give thanks to Mother Nature for keeping the human race actively making babies.
Learn from other people's mistakes and find out that, without the love & commitment part, sex can be a bit of a strain on your emotional life. That also goes for gay and lesbian teens who -- surprise! -- experience the same highs and lows of romantic relationships that heterosexual teens do.
Some teens get the idea right away. For others - whose brain function moves south for the duration between 14 - 25 - it takes a little longer. With luck, their brains get in gear before they get involved in an abusive relationship, or get saddled with a sexually transmitted disease, or unwanted teen pregnancy...
Sex, Etc. - Written by teens, for teens about... yeah, you guessed it. Serious health and emotional issues seriously discussed in message boards, chat rooms and feature stories, or browse by topic for info on sexual health for guys and
girls, condoms and birth control, pregnancy, teen parenthood and more.
scarleteen - sex education for the real world - Mega-popular site for sexually active teens with upfront facts and information on contraception, pregnancy risks, menstruation, abusive relationships, homosexuality, the female orgasm and a guy's guide to male anatomy.
TeensHealth - Sexual Health - Don't let the cheerful, squeaky clean site navigation turn you off - a great site for getting the straight dope on everything you always wanted to know about penis size, crabs, mono, the occasional vaginal discharge, sexually transmitted diseases, condoms, birth control.
Avert Teens' Pages - The international AIDS/HIV charity offers up straightforward anwers to frequently asked questions on sex, puberty, STD's, relationships, safe sex and birth control, gay teen and lesbian teen issues and coming out.