With the advancing technology and the impact it has on the quality of life, it has become necessary to assess the factors that influence health. Sexual health is considered as one of the most paramount issues in the health sector of society. The reason lies behind the high prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus or HIV and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS, sexually transmitted infections or STIs, unwanted pregnancies due to premarital sex and the risks associated with it.
What research says about Premarital Sex:
Based on extensive research and different studies, it has been estimated that globally 50% of the 35.3 million population of those who are HIV positive have acquired the disease before they turned 25.
Every day around 5,00,000 young people, which includes the majority of young women, turn out to be infected by STI. Some of these infections include herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea.
More importantly, unwanted pregnancies caused by unprotected sexual contact in teenagers bring in the risks of unsafe abortions which bring heavy consequences to the physical and mental health.
Premarital Sex and Adolescents
Sexual intercourse performed before marriage is called premarital sex. World Health Organization (WHO) defines a person in the age group of 10-19 years as adolescents. It has been found in a study that more than two-third of adolescents have sexual intercourse in their teens. There are a lot of reasons associated with premarital sexual behaviour in adolescents caused by the upsurge in physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.
Studies also show that late adolescents in the age group 18-19 tend to have more premarital sexual behaviour than early-stage adolescents. Also, male adolescents show more sexual relationship than female.
Reasons why premarital sex isn’t acceptable
According to institutional behaviour of premarital sex, the rules and regulations of the community, family, culture and religion do not permit premarital sex. Thus, the sexual health of adolescents leads to a direct or indirect impact on their health including regrets, loss of respect, depression, loss of family support, substance abuse and even suicide.
The family relationship also has a direct relationship between premarital sexual behaviour in the adolescent period of people. Studies prove that parental relationship also an important factor in premarital sexual behaviour of their children. Parents should take care of their children and provide them with proper support and care during this period. They expect an understanding behaviour from their family members otherwise they tend to hide their feelings. We should help out our children and have a friendly relationship with them to help them avoid premarital sex for their healthy and happy future.
From the above information, it is clear that good family relationships are one of the main factors. We should take care of our kids and help them understand why this is not good for them or what is the right time to get into this. Good guidance is all we need to offer to save our kids and teens from STDs and bad experiences of life.