I was in year eight in the early 2000s and our school nurse came in at the beginning of a lesson and showed us a contraceptive cap, and said ‘you need one of these if you’re going to have sex’ and that was it.
She didn’t tell us where it went. I didn’t really understand where it was supposed to go. I didn’t know what it was meant to do or why I needed one.
They didn’t even talk about other types of contraception or STIs. I only really became aware of that maybe when I went to uni when I was 18. There were some projects and we’d get drop-ins to do with contraception.
I was quite a late starter, so I didn’t start dating or seeing any boys until I was like 17 or 18, but I was hugely underprepared.
I essentially spent a huge block of my time being very disappointed and just kind of floundering my way through it and not really knowing what I was doing. A lot of my friends and I ended up having quite difficult experiences because no one was blunt with us. I don’t want that to happen to teenagers anymore.