A report from Penn State found that men and women have very different feelings after their first sexual experience. While men are more likely to feel confident and satisfied, women may feel just the opposite.
The study, which was published in the current issue of the Journal of Adolescence, reported the results from a survey of 434 college students. Though it seemed that young women’s confidence increased over the four years most spent in college, it appears that following their first sexual experience, they felt less attractive.
Men had the exact opposite feelings – while they felt less secure about their appearance as they aged through college, they felt markedly more sexy after having their first experience. The study raises questions about the different ways society treats sex and virginity for men and women.
“If on average [young women are] feeling worse about themselves, it says something about their development of healthy sexuality and healthy sense of self and being,” said Eva S. Lefkowitz, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State.
Part of having a safe sex experience involves wearing protection. Using condoms is advisable for any sexual encounter, even if it’s your first time.