Lost your virginity late? Sorry for you!

published Nov 30, 2007, last modified Jun 26, 2013

A new study links a series of sexual dysfunctions to the age of first sexual encounter. The later you lose your virginity, the more sexual problems you're likely to face for the rest of your life -- especially if you're a man, but it also applies to women.

The study says, among other things:

Those who lose their virginity at a later age -- around 21 to 23 years of age -- tend to be more likely to experience sexual dysfunction problems later, say researchers at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute's HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies.

However, those who had sex very early also experienced their share of problems:

The increase in sexual problems was also seen in those who had a comparably earlier sexual debut. And the researchers were quick to point out that there isn't enough evidence to say for sure whether waiting to have sex necessarily leads to sexual dysfunction down the road.

And this is the part I'm most concerned for those of you who haven't lost their virginity (in other words, fuck you hahaha) (emphasis is mine):

"Clinically, we see many individuals who marry late and who have had little or no sexual experience have great difficulty with developing a rich and satisfying sexual experience within their relationship," said Eli Coleman, academic chair in sexual health at the University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Human Sexuality.

It's not clear yet whether the problems are derived from biological or societary factors, or a mixture of both. The study authors are, however, adamantly clear on one point: they say that no sex isn't necessarily the cause of sex problems -- it might very well be the other way around.

Anyway, I'm just gonna go with the conservative explanation. The takeaway lesson? fuck early, fuck often. But not that early.

sex haha!