New Study Concludes That Teen Girls are More Likely to Have Unprotected Sex Than Teen Boys


Despite the oft-believed stereotype that boys are far more prone to reckless sexual behavior than girls, a recent study seems to suggest the opposite to be true. Nicole Weller, a doctoral student at Arizona State University, analyzed data from the United States National Survey …

… of Family Growth and found adolescent girls were 40 percent more likely than boys to have sex without contraception during their first sexual encounter.

Not so astounding considering the U.S. has one of the highest percentages of teen pregnancies in the world.

The silver lining in her study?  Weller discovered that girls were waiting longer to have sex than they have been in previous years.  The average age to lose your virginity in the U.S. is 17.5, up from ten years ago when it was the tender age of 15.  According to Nicole Weller:

“Fifteen- to 19-year-olds have the most sexually transmitted diseases,” said Weller. “Even though they are waiting, they are having risky sex and not taking precautions.”  She added, “In general, the younger that you are when you have sex, the more at risk you are of contracting a sexually transmitted disease,” Weller said. Teaching adolescents about sex early is vital because the younger they learn the more likely they’ll take precautions when they do have a sexual encounter.   “The younger one receives sexual education, the less likely you are to engage in risky sex.”

When it comes to studies like this I’m a little leery.  I have a hard time trusting this kind of  data and believe that they lead to generalizations.  I do, however, believe that teens aren’t always the best about having sex safe.  A lot of it has to do with the whole feeling of invincibility and a general lack of maturity.  Another huge factor, like Weller said, is sex ed.  My conclusion?   The United States really needs to step things up when it comes to educating young people about sex.   Our sex education programs are in need of a serious overhaul, but that’s not anything you didn’t know to begin with.



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21 thoughts on “New Study Concludes That Teen Girls are More Likely to Have Unprotected Sex Than Teen Boys

  1. What standard are they using to count as a first ‘sexual encounter’? Is it something that necessarily needs protection? Is it possible teens do some things with and some things without and this study is lumping them all together? I don’t know, but the lack of definition for ‘sexual encounter’ or differentiation between possibilities removes a lot of meaning I could glean from this study.

  2. Horse plop! Understand all these “studies” are in the form of questionnaires. Of course more girls are going to say they didn’t use protection when they had their first sex. Using protection implies (in the minds of many, not just young girls) casual sex. And what girl is going to admit even obliquely that her first time was with some random dude. No these are “good” girls (whatever that means). The didn’t need protection because it was with longtime BFs who they were so totally in love with. Guys on the other hand will say they totally used protection because they are so “cool” (or whatever the kids say today) that they just pulled some random hottie. For the last time QUESTIONNAIRES ARE NOT SCIENCE! There results are just biased crap, usually used to push some sort of agenda.

    • Really? Protection is cool, but not necessary with the guy you’re in love with? I have never heard that sort of a view. I haven’t been talking to many people, let alone teens about what it implies, but I would never have thought of that.
      To me, it just meant that you aren’t going to get pregnant – extremely important whether the guy is random or my husband..
      I would have thought that a ‘good’ girl, who has been told of the possibilities would be more likely to want to say they used protection because that’s what smart people do, according to everything. And that ‘cool’ guys don’t need it, because who cares?

      • I think some girls get convinced by they guy they “love” not to use protection through the “you love me, why don’t you trust me?” or the “we don’t need this protection” arguments. And then they get knocked up and abandoned. It’s really just sad that girls that stupid are the ones who get knocked up more frequently and are passing on the stupid. At least that’s what I think boring was talking about…

        • I suppose, though it’s still pretty stupid to assume that love prevents pregnancy as well.
          But I still wouldn’t have thought that that would lead to false reporting of *not* using condoms because people want to think it was like that.

          • @Vchilds, “How can you say that surveys are a bunch of shit, then go and state your opinion on one?” I think you mistyped that statement because it makes no sense as written. What I think you mean is “how can you use a survey to dispute the accuracy of surveys?” I can due this because the first survey (the one in the article) states a premise and uses the survey data to provide proof. However I linked to a survey not as proof of a premise but as a representation the the methodology of surveys is inherently flawed (in this case do to the dishonesty of women, represented by the conflicting data generated),and therefore unreliable. I hope this is a satisfactory answer to your question.

          • “I think you mistyped that statement because it makes no sense as written. What I think you mean is “how can you use a survey to dispute the accuracy of surveys?”
            .
            No, I didn’t mistype that statement, quit trying to back peddle.
            You apparently forgot what you said a few posts ago! As you said
            your’re usually drunk when on this site, me thinks that maybe y you can’t comprehend what I said.

          • “I think you mistyped that statement because it makes no sense as written. What I think you mean is “how can you use a survey to dispute the accuracy of surveys?”
            .
            No, I didn’t mistype that statement, quit trying to back peddle.
            You apparently forgot what you said a few posts ago! As you said
            your usually drunk when on this site, me thinks that maybe y you can’t comprehend what I said.

          • Wow, that was weird. I tried to fix some spelling mistakes and now the comment is typing across the entire page. I couldn’t see half of my comment to proofread anything. Sorry for the nonsense. Still happening, don’t know what this one will look like.

  3. Well, if they do count Oral as a first sexual encounter then I could see how they could come up with this information. I think I the posters here have even said that no one likes sucking on plastic.

    • Agreed, it makes sense if you count oral. I wouldn’t want to use a condom for oral.
      I’ve always been paranoid about having protected sex. I’ve used condoms on top of birth control pills with my boyfriend for about a year when I finally decided I would probably be safe with just the pill.

  4. Um, if the teen girls are having more unprotected sex than teen boys are, who are the teen girls having the unprotected sex with? Each other? Older men? These are the questions I want answered.

  5. Well, all the girls I know have “numbers” that are way higher then mine(and girls usually round down) as far a multiple partners goes. I could just be a pointless static due to the fact the girls ,if they want, just have more chances at getting busy.

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