How Do Most Young People Feel About Having Sex For The First Time?

Reported by MTV Act.


By Amy Kramer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

So let’s see where our “Virgin Territory” virgins are at. In quick post-sex clips from Lisa (episode 1), Kyle (episode 3), and Anna (episode 6), the former virgins all seem pretty happy with their decisions. Whether they still feel that way months or years down the road remains to be seen.  In the meantime, let’s look at the findings from a recent survey from MTV and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy about how many people actually felt about their first time then vs. how they feel about it now.

According to young adults ages 18-24 who have already had sex:

+ 55% say they were HAPPY about it when they first did it, though only 31% are happy about it now.


+  47% say they felt LOVED at the time, though only 25% say they feel they were loved in retrospect.


+ 31% say they felt MATURE when they first had sex, but only 22% feel they were mature looking back on it.


+ 28% say they were RELIEVED at the time they first had sex, but only half as many, 14%, feel relief when they think about it now.


+ 17% say they felt REGRETFUL when they had sex for the first time, but 28% feel regret about it now.


+ 11% say they felt SAD when they first had sex, but looking back on it 20% are sad.


Given all this, it’s no surprise that half of people in the survey who have had sex (49%) say they would change something about their first time if they could. That’s the thing about sex – just because you’ve done it, doesn’t mean you’re done having feelings about it.

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