The decision to engage in sexual activity or behavior as a teen or young adult can be a confusing time. Sexual activity includes vaginal penetration of the vagina by the penis or other object , oral, or anal. Sexual behavior can include sexting , taking sexually explicit photos of yourself, using online chat rooms for sexual conversations, social media abuse, masturbation, and viewing pornography. There are many things to consider before choosing to engage in sexual activity or behavior. These include:. Never give in to peer pressure about sexual activity or behavior.
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Because sexual behavior may be associated with a broader range of outcomes than physical consequences like sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, it is important to understand consequences of sex that may influence mental and social well-being in emerging adulthood. This article describes the short-term intrapersonal and interpersonal consequences reported by college students on days they engage in vaginal sex and what factors predict experiencing particular consequences. Participants reported positive consequences more frequently than negative consequences. Non-use of contraception and sex with a non-dating partner were associated with greater odds of reporting negative consequences.
The uproar that followed a November episode of Fox's "Glee" in which two teen couples had sex for the first time may have some scientific legs. New research shows sex during the adolescent years could affect mood and brain development into adulthood. The study, which was carried out on hamsters, reveals how social experiences during adolescence when the brain is still developing can have broad consequences, say the researchers from Ohio State University College of Medicine. Specifically, the animals that mated earlier in life had higher levels of depressive behaviors, changes to the brain and smaller reproductive tissues compared to those that had intercourse later or not at all.
In some teen circles, sexting is an accepted behavior that happens when people date or are interested in one another romantically. In other instances, it is a one-time lapse in judgment. Regardless of the reason for it, the number of teens using the built-in cameras on their smartphones, iPads, and other electronic devices to take nude or sexually-suggestive pictures is on the rise. But what many teens—and their parents—don't realize are the repercussions that come with these choices. Sexting has some serious consequences not only for the person taking and sending the photos but also for the person on the receiving end.