Sexual Health & Behavior Survey Results – Riana Milne, LMHC, CAP, Cert Life & Relationship Coach
The latest findings from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior; a new survey on sexual behaviors among Americans, is the largest, most comprehensive exploration of its kind in over a decade. A total of 5,865 people, between the ages of 14 and 94 responded to the survey reporting their sexual habits.
Dr. Dennis Fortenberry, lead author of the study’s teen sex section, told The Associated Press that most respondents are in the normal range; the study indicates that “normal” includes a vast array of sexual positions and practices. A grand total of 41 different activities, from oral sex to partner masturbation, were reported by those surveyed as their most recent sexual experience. Also reported were more experimentation and the faking of plenty of orgasms.
Americans are also experimenting more not only in bed, but also in various locations – like on the coffee table, or the kitchen floor; with same-sex partners. Around 7 percent of respondents identified as “other than heterosexual,” and about 15 percent of adults had a sexual history that included same-sex partner, oral sex.
Sixty percent of men had masturbated at least once in the last month. Fewer women, with half of those in their 20s, reported doing the same.
Researches used the Internet to circulate their survey, which they believed increased more factual responses as well as the fact that eliminating face-to-face contact may have yielded more open disclosure.
“The era of wham-bam, thank you ma’am is over,” Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor at the University of Washington, told Bloomberg. .
While 85 percent of men indicated that their most recent partner had reached orgasm, only 64 percent of women confirmed that they did. Genital discomfort during their last sexual experience was reported by one-third of the women, compared to a only 5 percent of men.
“I think it’s a combination of people being too embarrassed to work out an issue or too careful about shaking up the system by giving accurate feedback,” Debby Herbenick, who co-authored the research, told ABC News. “Men take a lot of pride in ‘giving’ a woman an orgasm … so in the beginning, faking it could be about encouragement.” In general, it suggests that a lack of communication is happening between partners.
83% of Teens said they use condoms during their most recent encounter. Only 22 percent of older American adult males reported condom use.
“Younger kids have grown up with the AIDS threat,” Schwartz said. ” … Older people don’t have the same health attention, in part because no one wants to know about their sexuality at all.”
Condom use among black and Hispanic communities is also higher than it is among whites, which suggests that public health interventions in the two groups are having a positive impact.
Experts note that the findings have positive implications for everyday Americans, by reassuring them that what they do sexually isn’t really all that uncommon.
“That’s why this is so important,” Monica Rodriguez, president the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, told The New York Times. “It gives us a sense of what’s really happening, instead of all this, ‘Well, my sex life must not be normal, because I don’t do this or only do this.’
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