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Girls experiencing sexual intercourse early: Could it play a part in reproductive health in middle adulthood?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8486-453X
2006 (English)In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISSN 0167-482X, E-ISSN 1743-8942, Vol. 27, no 4, 237-244 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study is to examine the possible relationship between experiencing early intercourse and reproductive health characteristics in midlife for women. The participants belonged to the Swedish longitudinal research program Individual Development and Adaptation (IDA) project. By the age of 14, the cohort consisted of 590 girls, whereas 522 gave information about the timing of their first sexual intercourse experience. Approximately 29 years later, when the women were 43 years old, a sub-cohort of 369 women participated in the psychological-medical investigation. Those who experienced early intercourse were likely to be different on various demographics and have markers of poorer reproductive health characteristics than their counterparts. More specifically, those experiencing early intercourse were less formally educated, left home earlier, and earned on average less than their counterparts who experienced sexual intercourse later. Early intercourse likely plays a role in not only specific reproductive health but also reproductive health characteristics as a whole in midlife. Early intercourse was consistently a predictor of teenage pregnancy, terminated pregnancies, no use of contraception, and having menstrual symptoms.

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2006. Vol. 27, no 4, 237-244 p.
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reproductive health, early intercourse, problem behavior
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19446DOI: 10.1080/01674820600869006OAI: diva2:185970

The Anna Ahlstöms and Ellen Terseus Foundation financially supported the present study.

Available from: 2007-11-09 Created: 2007-11-09 Last updated: 2015-08-13Bibliographically approved

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