So sadly enough I watched 40 Year Old Virgin the other day, it was late and I was delirious but then really wondered if there were implications to this scenario. I actually came across an article on ABC News entitled “Losing Virginity Later Linked to Sexual Problems.” It essentially talked about those that had sex later in life, particularly men, seem to experience more sexual dysfunction in the future. The research went further to give various factors that could contribute to the relationship between the age at which one loses their virginity and sexual problems they may experience later. These factors included desires for abstinence, fear of intimacy, body image problems, and alcohol and drug abuse.
The way I think this could have effects on behaviors and potential neuronal differences deals with what society enforces as the norm. For men, the idea of real men getting action would definitely affect the mindset of the virgin male and impact the ability to perform sexually. For women, they are supposed to be the good girls and as they wait for marriage or just later in life their bodies shut down sexually and lead to dysfunction. Because of the intimate link between the psyche and sexual performance, results of these conditions most likely bring about sexual dysfunction through their psychological impacts. This study is interesting because it suggests that sexual experimentation is a normal developmental process, and when this process is inhibited or not guided, there can be poor sexual health outcomes.
Funny little detail, researchers pointed out that men who started having sex early were also at an increased risk for sexual dysfunction. So when is the right time? Or does sex just always lead to problems?