Only 2% of the females and 5% of the males polled said they lost their virginity before age 13. Most of the respondents, 52% of the females and 49% of the males, admitted they first had sex between age 13 and 18. Thirty-eight percent of the females and 34% of the males said they first had intercourse between age 18 and 23, and 8% of the women and 12% of the men were over age 23.

“As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I find these numbers encouraging,” says Dr. Kat Van Kirk, resident sexologist for Adam & Eve. “Sex is an amazing, powerful gift, but one that teenagers – especially young teenagers – are often ill-equipped to handle.”

“Engaging in sexual activity before you are ready physically and emotionally can lead to a number of long term issues,” continues Dr. Kat. “I’m pleased to see that more young people are choosing to wait to have sex than in years past.”

The web-based survey, conducted by an independent third party survey company, of over 1,000 American adults age 18 and up, was sponsored by Adam & Eve to study sexual preferences and practices. “Sex Chat with Dr. Kat” can be found on podcasts through iTunes or Her book, “The Married Sex Solution: A Realistic Guide to Saving Your Sex Life,” can be found on

For more information about Adam & Eve, visit their website, For additional information on Adam & Eve, please contact Adam & Eve Director of Public Relations Katy Zvolerin at 919.644.8100 x 3121 or [email protected].

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