The share of high school students who are sexually active has fluctuated since , ranging from 30 to 38 percent. In , Appendix 1 Among black students, however, the proportion who reported they were sexually active decreased from 59 percent in to 33 percent in The proportion of high school students who reported they had ever had vaginal sexual intercourse declined between and , from 54 to 46 percent. Between and this figure fluctuated only slightly, and then further declined to 41 percent in
The Myth of Teens Having Sex (And Lots of It)
How many teens are choosing not to have sex?
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? Does it hurt the first time? Read on for real answers and advice on hooking up, your first time, how to know you're ready, and more! Q: The other day my partner and I were hooking up, and they put their fingers inside my vagina. I was really surprised and didn't expect them to do it, but I let them anyway. While they was doing it, it started to hurt, so I told them to stop. Is this normal?
For Immediate Release: June 22, 2017
The percentage of teens in the U. The latest estimates — which are based on data gathered from to — are that 42 percent of girls and women ages 15 to 19 who have never been married have had sex, down from 51 percent in , according to the report. For guys who have never been married, 44 percent have had sex, down from 60 percent in These trends follow another pattern that researchers have observed in previous studies: Teen birth rates are also on the decline, according to the report published today June 22 by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Young women and teen girls trying to figure out the right age to have sex frequently want to know the answer to a related question: "When do most teens have sex? The truth? The majority of teens ages 15 to 19 are not having sex. Worried parents and anxious teens can calm their anxiety by understanding that the media's obsession with teen sex is more a result of hype than a reflection of reality. Unlike some of the characters of "Riverdale," who are having sex at 15, real-life teens who are actually sexually active tend to be older. The Guttmacher Institute's September report titled " Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in the United States " debunks this and other myths about teen's sexual behavior. According to the Guttmacher study, "On average, young people in the United States have sex for the first time at about age The news gets better. Teens who engage in sex are taking more responsibility for avoiding pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. This increase in contraceptive use has paid off.