British Girls Twice More Likely than Boys to Have Sex Before 16

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys had their first sexual experience before turning 16

By on November 16th, 2006 15:42 GMT
A recent survey conducted on 1,700 British subjects aged from 17 to 34 found that girls in the UK are twice more likely than male peers to have sexual intercourse before the legal age of 16. The Daily Mail reported that the poll which was done for ITV by YouGov found that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys have begun their sexual lives before turning 16. Also, results of the survey showed that less than 50% of the participants in the study said they were in love with the sex partner when losing virginity.

Statistics also show that girls start drinking alcohol later than boys, but a higher rate of girls tend to become regular drinkers as compared to boys. Respondents to the current survey said that excessive alcohol drinking or partner pressure play a key-role in convincing many teenage girls under the legal age to have sexual relationships. 10% of girls investigated in the study said they were drunk during their first sexual experience, while another 10% of them said they did it because they felt pressured.

This comes shortly after the findings of a worldwide research - which investigated data from 59 nations - showed that we should not be so much concerned about 'immoral' sexual behaviors of the population in poorer sexual health states, instead we should be more preoccupied about the inequality between men and women as a major characteristic of the way in which individuals in these countries see sexual life and practice.

The findings of the global survey carried out by Kaye Wellings of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and colleagues have been published in The Lancet's Sexual and Reproductive Health Online Series. Results of the investigation of world sexual behavior and health has indeed 'busted' sexual myths according to which people in countries with poor sexual education and health have sex with multiple partners on a regular basis and also put an end to the general belief that there is an universal tendency towards earlier, underage sex.

Even if the global investigating sexual behavior shows that underage sexual relationships are not that common as previously thought and not many teenagers lose their virginity before turning 16, statistics still find Britain as the country with the most elevated rates of adolescent pregnancy.
  
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