T eenagers and young adults are engaging in a wider variety of sexual practices than they did 20 years ago, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The researchers analyzed more than 45, interviews from three surveys of British residents ages 16 to 24, conducted every decade. The people interviewed in the first survey were born in the s, while those in the most recent survey were born between in the s. In all three surveys over the year period, vaginal sex was the most common sexual practice. But the percentages of sexually active people who also reported having had oral and anal sex in the last year increased over time, from 1 in 10 people in to 1 in 4 men, and 1 in 5 women, in Between the first and second decade, that increase was most notable among to year-olds. Modest declines in vaginal intercourse and genital-to-genital contact were also observed over the study period.
Young people are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices, including anal sex, with opposite sex partners, research reveals. Experts looked at responses to a national sex survey that has been carried out every 10 years since in the UK. More than one in 10 millennial teenagers said they had tried anal sex by the age of By the age of 22 to 24, three in every 10 said they had tried it. Vaginal and oral sex are still the most common types of sexual activity between young men and women, however. The age that young people start having sex - vaginal, anal or oral - has not changed much in recent decades. While the study in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows what types of sex people are having, it doesn't shed light on why preferences are changing. Experts can only speculate, but say society has become more accepting and less judgemental about sexual experimentation. Prof Cynthia Graham is a professor in sexual and reproductive health at the University of Southampton. She said the internet and media might have played a role in breaking down sexual taboos.
Breaking down taboos
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One of the largest sex studies of millennials has revealed up to one in five have had anal sex compared to just one in 10 young people in In a review of three UK studies of more than 45, aged between 16 and 74 years old over 12 years, researchers suggest teenage girls and young women are under increasing pressure to have anal sex even though they find it painful. Previous research reveals they are up to four times more likely to dislike the act than boys. The study, published in the Journal Adolescent Health, found some of the largest increases in the prevalence of oral and anal sex over the past decade were observed among those aged Previous studies suggest anal sex has become more common among young people due to them having greater access to pornography, however, the researchers stress this is unclear.