Children as young as 10 are engaging in full sexual intercourse, according to a study conducted at Trinity College Dublin, which found that the average age of starting full sex was This research focused on a group of "at risk" early school-leavers in programmes for the disadvantaged. The trend is worrying.
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One is that we live in a very sex-negative world, and nowhere is this more clear than when it comes to teens and sex something I was reminded of by the slew of negative comments I got after writing about how to be a sex-positive parent for this site. Indeed, between the s and the early s, a lot more teens were having sex than are today and a lot more were experiencing things like unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Really, in a range of areas, from the amount of partners, to the rates of teen pregnancy, the numbers have declined. And the one place where we have seen an increase? The percent of sexually active teens who used a condom the last time they had sex. Additionally, people are finally having public conversations about sexual assault and consent , and about sexual orientation and gender identity. This can include some pretty serious stuff for parents to digest. It just means that people who were suffering or marginalized had fewer places to turn for help and support.
Sex is confusing. Chances are, whether you're about to embark on your first experience with sex, or you've done it multiple times, you probably still have a ton of questions. What's sex really like?