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Young teenagers often regret early sexual intercourse

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:g

Sexual intercourse before the age of 16 is often regretted but most studies have been done in older teenagers looking back. Wight et al surveyed over 7000 14 year olds in Scotland, among whom 18% of boys and 15% of girls had had heterosexual intercourse (p 1243); they found that 32% of girls and 27% of boys said that their first intercourse had happened too early, and of these 13% and 5% respectively said that it should not have happened at all. For girls regret was related to lack of control of the situation.