Nineties young are playing the field
Thursday 12 February 1998
The widening interval between first intercourse and first birth, now averaging 12 years for men and seven years for women, has "profound implications" for the sexual health of the nation (for sexually transmitted diseases and for contraception), Kaye Wellings, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said at a seminar organised by the Family Planning Association and the Health Education Authority.
Ms Wellings, co-author of the national survey of sexual attitudes, published in 1994, said a new analysis of the findings had revealed the changes.
The figures also show the disappearance of the virgin bride. In the Fifties, 40 per cent of women married before they had sex compared with less than 1 per cent in the Nineties.
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