Danish teens waiting longer to lose virginity

Christian Wenande
November 24th, 2015

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Youngsters are being more careful too

Danish teenagers are waiting longer and longer to have their first sexual intercourse experience, according to new figures from the national public health institute, Statens Institut for Folkesundhed.

The figures revealed that the number of 15-year-old boys and girls who have had sex has fallen from 34 percent to 21 percent in just four years.

“We can see there has been a significant decline in youngsters who have made their sexual debut,” Karen Margrethe Dahl, a researcher from Statens Institut for Folkesundhed, told Metroxpress newspaper.

“It could be connected to fewer young people getting drunk and ending up in an ‘oops situation’ with someone while drunk.”

READ MORE: More Danes infected with sexually transmitted diseases

Abortions down too
The figures also showed that when teens reach the age of 19, about 80 percent of them have had sex, and when they finally do end up having sex, 90 percent use protection. Teenage abortions have fallen from 2,830 a year to 2,051 since 2010.

A study last year showed the average age for a Danish teen’s sexual debut has remained at about 16 since the 1960s.


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