According to a new study , women who are sexually active early in their adolescence--specifically, before age are more likely to divorce. Researchers at the University of Iowa used the responses of 3, women who are married or have been married at some point in their lives from the National Survey of Family Growth to examine the relationship between the age at which they had their first sexual experience, and the success of their first marriage. At first glance, the findings seemed alarming: multiple outlets including this one , reported that up to 47 percent of women who lost their virginity during their teen years divorced within 10 years of getting married--implying that women who lose their virginity during adolescence will inevitably face conflict in their later adult relationships. In short, the study's conclusions were less about the correlation between when a girl loses her virginity and her risk of divorce than it was about how the nature of the first sexual experience affects later romantic relationships. While some of the initial reports about the study alluded to this point, they often did not explore it completely, so we decided to go to the source--lead researcher Anthony Paik--to shed more light on this surprisingly complicated study. Anthony Paik: [I looked at] the association between the timing of first sex and divorce. And all those are divorce determinants.
The age at which you lose your virginity can have a huge impact on your sexual enjoyment
What happens when you lose your virginity? Facts and myths
Growing up, there is so much hype built up about how your first time should be. You're told to either wait until marriage or to wait until it's with someone you love. However, that's not always the case, and whether you like it or not, losing your virginity is a memory that will stay with you forever. For most people, this does not include rose petals, candles, or Marvin Gaye. To get the real deal, we asked brave women to tell us about their first times. It was unexpected so there was no condom.
What Happens When You Lose Virginity? A Female Body Guide
The study tracked two cohorts of youth from 28 rural communities in Iowa and Pennsylvania from to Students were surveyed in five waves: in the autumn of sixth grade and in the Spring of sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. The study followed the students from the ages of
Still, scientists have discovered patterns that indicate that those who lose their virginity later in life may suffer from some side effects. Snyder revealed that those who wait to have sex until later in life due to religious beliefs, abstinence or other tend to feel a great deal of shame about their lack of sexual activity. This shame manifests as embarrassment and embarrassment equates to sexual dysfunction. The patients Snyder encounters often feel a great deal of anxiety about the problem which feeds into a cycle of embarrassment and dysfunction.