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What is the average age that people start to have sex?

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    GirlSmarts on Sep 18, 2012 Reply

    The age that a person starts to have sex really does vary.

    The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Study noted that 47% of high school students never had sexual intercourse. So most people wait until after high school.

    It is best to wait to have sex until you are an adult and in a committed relationship. In fact, a recent study showed that almost all of teen girls that had sex early wished that they had waited.

    According to a study of high school senior girls by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and Seventeen Magazine, only about half of senior girls (51%) who have had sex say their first time was a “mostly good” experience. Three out of four (76%) who have had sex say they would change something about their first time if they could re-do it.

    Looking back on it, these girls are less happy about their first time now than they were at the time, and more regretful. For more information, refer to: http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/resources/pdf/pubs/girl-talk.pdf

    If you are thinking about becoming sexually active soon, do think twice as this is not something that you want to regret.

    There are many important things to consider when you are deciding if you are going to have sex. The first is that it is important that you really want to do it and that you are ready to do it and not being pressured. You need to make sure that you are ready mentally for intercourse. Make sure that it is with someone you love and plan to be with for an extended period of time. This will limit your risk of sexually transmitted diseases by decreasing the number of partners you have.

    The other things that you need to remember if you decide to have sex is that you need to use birth control and use protection to prevent STDs and unplanned pregnancy with every encounter. You will also want to make sure that you have those items with you at the time of the encounter.

    Most importantly, the age that you start to have sex is a personal decision and should not be based on what your friends or neighbors are doing. It should be based on you and your moral values.

    If you need more advice, always consider talking to a trusted adult or your health care provider about these issues.

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