T eenagers and young adults are engaging in a wider variety of sexual practices than they did 20 years ago, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The researchers analyzed more than 45, interviews from three surveys of British residents ages 16 to 24, conducted every decade. The people interviewed in the first survey were born in the s, while those in the most recent survey were born between in the s. In all three surveys over the year period, vaginal sex was the most common sexual practice. But the percentages of sexually active people who also reported having had oral and anal sex in the last year increased over time, from 1 in 10 people in to 1 in 4 men, and 1 in 5 women, in Between the first and second decade, that increase was most notable among to year-olds. Modest declines in vaginal intercourse and genital-to-genital contact were also observed over the study period. The surveys also asked people about same-sex experiences, but the number of people who reported engaging in these was not large enough to perform a meaningful analysis of trends for homosexual activity, the authors say. Because the study relied on self-reported data, the authors acknowledge that they may not have the whole story.
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Young Women at Risk
ON a laneway alongside a church, a year-old girl was raped in Cork last year. The rapist was a year-old boy, aided by his friends. According to director of the Cork Sexual Violence Centre, Mary Crilly, such stories, while horrific, are becoming more commonplace. The first date might go well, even the second and then on the third, she finds herself pinned down and sexually assaulted or raped. She was a very quiet little one and they decided to teach her a lesson. Mary is finding Wednesday, the day that Cork secondary schools are traditionally on half day, particularly busy. In , the centre counselled 25 year-old girls. Last year that figure had jumped to Across the country, the same worrying trends are emerging. Often they are in the same school and often they are in the same classroom.
He wanted to try anal sex, and even though the year-old said she was "OK with the idea," she nervously downed several drinks before their lovemaking began. They never did it again. But experts say that as social mores ease, more young heterosexuals are engaging in anal sex, a behavior once rarely mentioned in polite circles. And the experimentation, they worry, may be linked to the current increase in sexually transmitted diseases. Recently, researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center in Rhode Island suggested that anal sex is on the rise among teens and young adults, particularly those who have unprotected vaginal sex. Experts say girls and young women like Carry are often persuaded to try such sexual behavior for the wrong reasons -- to please a partner, to have sex without the risk of pregnancy or to preserve their virginity.
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. To explore expectations, experiences and circumstances of anal sex among young people. Qualitative, longitudinal study using individual and group interviews. Anal heterosex often appeared to be painful, risky and coercive, particularly for women. It seemed that men were expected to persuade or coerce reluctant partners. Young people's narratives normalised coercive, painful and unsafe anal heterosex. This study suggests an urgent need for harm reduction efforts targeting anal sex to help encourage discussion about mutuality and consent, reduce risky and painful techniques and challenge views that normalise coercion.