sex

Your 'first time' has long-term effects on your sex life, study shows

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: long-term effects, sex life, satisfaction

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Whooping cough outbreak at Massachusetts high school affected only vaccinated students

Delicious
(NaturalNews) Losing your virginity is commonly thought to be an experience of great significance, and now this idea has gained new support from a study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Researchers from the University of Tennessee and University of Mississippi found that your first sexual experience may set the stage for how satisfying your future sex life will be.

"These results suggest that one's first-time sexual experience is more than just a milestone in development," researcher Carrie Smith said. "Rather, it appears to have implications for their sexual well-being years later."

Surprisingly, no prior studies have been conducted on the long-term influence of people's first sexual experience, the researchers said.

"The loss of virginity is often viewed as ... signifying a transition to adulthood," researcher Matthew Shaffer said. "However, it has not been studied in this capacity. We wanted to see the influence it may have related to emotional and physical development."

The researchers administered an anonymous survey to 331 young adults (both men and women) about the experience of losing their virginity, asking them to rank the emotions associated with the experience in terms of contentment, anxiety and regret (including whether they had felt scared or pressured during the experience or afterward). Participants also rated their current sex life in terms of satisfaction, control and well-being. Finally, they recorded and described every sexual experience they had over the course of two weeks in a diary that was submitted to the researchers.

Good experience means more satisfaction later

More than two-thirds of study participants reported that they had been in a relationship when they lost their virginities.

Participants who reported the greatest physical and emotional satisfaction from their first sexual experience were significantly more likely to report feeling physically and emotionally satisfied by later sexual encounters. In contrast, participants who felt negatively about their experience in losing their virginity reported higher levels of sexual dissatisfaction and dysfunction, both emotionally and physically.

"While this study doesn't prove that a better first time makes for a better sex life in general, a person's experience of losing their virginity may set the pattern for years to come," Shaffer said.

He speculated that people may form habits or assumptions from their first sexual encounter that they then carry over into later sexual relationships.

"In essence, first-time sexual experience may create a general pattern of thought and behavior that we use to guide us in new sexual experiences and a framework for our understanding, perception or interpretation of new information concerning sexuality," he said.

Pam Spurr, author of "Sex Academy," said she was not surprised by the findings.

"When people who had first-time experiences they felt unhappy about - perhaps they felt pressurized, or too young, or felt used because they thought the person was in love with them too but the feeling wasn't reciprocated - it sets a pattern for feeling they are more likely to make bad choices in future," Spurr said.

"If your first time is poor, rather than learning from it, a lot of people harbor the negative feelings."

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130128104732.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.