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Why Your First Time Counts

According to a study, how you lose your virginity can potentially cause a long-term impact.

How was your first sexual encounter? Was it enjoyable, awkward, or downright depressing? Regardless of how you feel about it, one thing is certain: it will forever be imprinted in your memory.

Not only that, it will most likely also affect how you feel about sex in general. A study in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy states that people who have “more positive first-time sexual experiences (e.g., intimacy, respect) report greater feelings of sexual satisfaction and esteem and less sexual depression.”

On the other hand, according to an article in Medical Xpress, people who are more anxious and have negative feelings about their encounter are prone to having lower sexual satisfaction in the future.

Researcher Matthew Shaffer explains that there is a possibility that one’s first sexual experience sets the bar for his or her general attitude about sex. It may cause certain expectations and feelings that will be carried throughout one’s life.

Here’s a tip: if you are currently unhappy about your sex life, a self-exploration trip may do the trick. Coming to terms with how your first time went might be the key to communicating better with your partner—and getting more satisfaction.

Source: Yahoo! Health/EmpowHER

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