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It's normal to think about sex — often or only once in a while. As we go through puberty, hormones affect our bodies and emotions in new ways. This makes us curious about sex, and more likely to have sexual thoughts and feelings.

As you go through these changes, you may start to find some people attractive. Sexual attraction includes thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. It's normal to think about someone, want to be around them, or even feel awkward around them. These new thoughts and feelings can be confusing at first. But they are a normal part of maturing and growing up.

Most people think about sex long before they are ready to have sex. Deciding when you are ready is a big personal decision. Take your time. Before you act on thoughts about sex, be sure you are ready to have sex that is safe, healthy, and caring.

Medically reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: January 2020