By Amy Kramer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
On this week episode of ‘Virgin Territory,’ Anna and Alex went all the way. Not while the cameras were rolling on her 20th birthday – because Alex thought it would be disrespectful to her family if they watched it on TV – but in the weeks soon after. Anna said it hurt (more than the Brazilian wax?) but she also said the whole thing was amazing. Here are 5 reasons that probably contributed to it being such a positive experience for her:
- Anna’s not the only one who says waiting for someone they love makes a difference. In a recent survey from MTV and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, less than half (46%) of young adults who have had sex said their first time was “a mostly good experience.” But among those whose first time was with someone they were in a serious relationships with, 2 out of 3 said it was good.
- That Anna was 20 years old, and knew herself better than she would have as a young teenager, probably also contributed to the fact that her first time was enjoyable and that she felt so good about it afterwards. According to the survey, those who start having sex before age 18 are far more likely to say their first time wasn’t a good experience.
- She and Alex talked about it being her first time. Those in the survey who say they discussed that issue with their first partner are also much more likely to report that their first time was good. Those who didn’t have that conversation with their first partner are much more likely to say it wasn’t.
- They had great communication in general, not just about it being her first time. Those who say they felt like they had good communication overall with their first partner were also more likely to say their first experience was a good one.
- She felt ready. Those who say their first time was something they were pressured into hardly ever say their first time was positive.
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