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First sexual intercourse: age, personal experiences, sexual behavior, attitudes and regrets among women

Briedite, I1; Brokane, E2

1: Riga Maternity Hospital, Latvia; 2: Riga Stradins University, Latvia

Objectives: The aim of the research was to identify and analyse women's first sexual experiences, habits, to find out the timing, circumstances, and consequences of a woman’s first heterosexual intercourse.

Material and Methods: The study was designed as a cross-sectional study using a computer-based questionnaire. Subjects: 336 women aged 19-70. Those subjects who reported having had intercourse were asked about their age at first intercourse, first intercourse experience, satisfaction, their sexuality, attitudes, opinion on their first intercourse, its timing and regrets. Data were analysed using Microsoft Excel and SPSS 21.

Results: Research included 336 women at the mean age of 27 (19-70). 50.3% (169) participants were students, 37.2% (125) working adults 6% (20) housewives, 4.8% (16) working students, 1.8% (6) female senior citizens. 96.4% (324) participants reported that they have had sexual intercourse. The mean age at first sexual intercourse was 17 (range 12-25). The mean count of sexual partners was 5 (range 1-59). 53.7% (174) participants reported that their decision to start a sexual life was planned, 46.3% (150) reported that it happened spontaneously. 8% (26) reported their first sexual intercourse to be nonvoluntary, they were forced by the partner. 81.7% (264) participants reported having foreplay, 18.3% (60) reported not having a foreplay, 88.9% (211) reported not feeling orgasm, 52.0% (169) reported bleeding during first intercourse. 57.6% (186) participants reported not regretting the first intercourse, 17.6% (57) reported not being sexually satisfied after the first intercourse, 34.7% (112) reported being rather unsatisfied than satisfied, 40.6% (131) reported being psychologically satisfied. 24.1% (78) reported considering themselves sexually experienced, 54.2% (175) considered themselves rather experienced than inexperienced, 17% (55) considered themselves rather inexperienced than experienced. 94.3% (317) participants reported that they think it is acceptable for unmarried couples to have sexual intercourse. 31.5% (106) reported that they should have waited longer for the first intercourse. 81.4% (264) reported using contraceptives: 86.7% (229) used condom, 11% (29) coitus interruptus, 2.3% (6) contraceptive pills, 18.6% (60) reported not using any of the contraceptive methods, and 1 reported getting pregnant.

Conclusions: Experiences of first sexual intercourse are very different and not always satisfying, it is very important to educate young people about sexuality and reproductive choices before first sexual intercourse.


Work supported by industry: no.

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