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27 Things You Should Know Before You “Lose” Your Virginity
First-Time Sex: How to Know If You're Ready, What Virginity Means, and More | Teen Vogue
Some people say that it hurts, while others report no pain at all. For many, it refers to penetrative vaginal sex. Penetrative vaginal sex can hurt for many reasons, not just due to the loss of virginity. Some people believe that tearing the hymen , a thin layer that often covers the vagina, explains the pain that some people experience when they first have sex. However, not everyone has a hymen, and even when they do, it may not tear during vaginal sex. The pain may instead come from inadequate lubrication, anxiety that causes muscle spasms, or a partner who rushes or is too forceful. Discussing what feels good and what does not with a partner can ensure that both parties enjoy the experience.
First-Time Sex: How to Know If You're Ready, What Virginity Means, and More
Not all of us lose our virginity at age 16 in the back of an old Camry. According to a recent CDC study, Americans are waiting longer than they used to to have sex for the first time 30 percent of Gen Z respondents between the ages of 18 and 22 noted they were virgins; 12 to 14 percent of men and women aged 20 to 24 said the same. First things first: what does virginity mean to you? Or, vaginal intercourse might not be a part of your desired repertoire.
There is no one definition of virginity. Others may define virginity as never engaging in vaginal penetration with a penis, despite having had other types of sex, including oral stimulation and anal penetration. Some people may no longer call themselves a virgin after engaging in anal penetration or penetration with a finger or sex toy. Others may reconsider their virginity status after receiving or giving oral stimulation. Oh, the hymen — the stuff of legend.