One reason why people have sex is because they want to have a baby. Having sex can lead to pregnancy, which can lead to having a baby. But there are other reasons why people have sex – it can feel good, it can make them feel close and connected with their partner.
Sometimes people want to have sex for these reasons, but don’t want to get pregnant. In this video, people talk about whether they’ve ever wanted to have a baby, and what they’ve done to prevent pregnancy if they don’t want to have a baby.
Some adults with cognitive disabilities are having sex. Some of them may be having consensual sex that their support networks know about. Some may be having consensual sex that their support networks do not know about. Some may be experiencing sexual abuse.
People in each of these situations may have more options to prevent unplanned pregnancies or prevent STIs if they have information about contraception and safer sex.
This information can save lives. Providing a person with information about contraception and safer sex is not the same thing as recommending that they should have sex. Ideally a person should have information about contraception and safer sex long before they actually begin having sex. So even people with cognitive disabilities who are NOT having sex can benefit from having information on contraception and safer sex.