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Study Reveals Potential Impact of Losing Your Virginity

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Whether you despised or cherished your first sexual experience, it is still lingering in your mind and imprinted in your memories, probably for the rest of your life.

And some researchers are now suggesting that your “loss of virginity” is not just a mere memory. It could actually affect your current sexual experiences as well.

According to a study in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, people who have “more positive first-time sexual experiences (e.g., intimacy, respect) report greater feelings of sexual satisfaction and esteem and less sexual depression.”

These results suggest that positive first-time sexual experiences could lead to increased physical and emotional satisfaction later in life.

An article in Medical Xpress about the study added that people who experienced more anxiety and negative emotions during their first sexual experience reported lower sexual satisfaction.

One researcher, Matthew Shaffer, stated in the article that he has an explanation for the study results.

Potentially after a first-time sexual experience, people may begin to have a set way of thinking about sex, and have certain expectations and feelings about sex, and act accordingly throughout life.

Experts ponder the results of the study, and how they might affect women who do not have fond “loss of virginity” memories.

Robert Weiss, a licensed clinical social worker, Director of Intimacy and Sexual Disorders Services at The Ranch and Promises Treatment Centers, as well as Founding Director of The Sexual Recovery Institute, said in an email that he thinks the results are consistent with what he observes as a sexual disorders clinician.

“Significant early sexual experiences do seem to become part of the ongoing sexual pattern for many people,” Weiss said.

There could be a better explanation for the results of the study, though.

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