Sex is a natural and normal part of life that nearly eveyone experiences at some point. However, the sex statistics clearly show that people have different opinions and experiences about the various aspects of sex. Whether it’s vaginal, anal, or oral sex we’re talking about, you can bet that each person will have their own story to tell. Research also shows that this also has something to do with people’s understanding of sex and the education they receive throughout their lifetimes. With this in mind, the statistics listed below will show you exactly what people think about sex and the state of sex education in the US.
Top 10 Sex Statistics and Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
- Both men and women lose their virginity at around 17 years.
- 42% of adolescents were exposed to internet pornography within the last year.
- 36.3% of women report having had anal sex sometime in their lives.
- More than half of women aged between 18 and 49 said they had masturbated within the three months before they were surveyed.
- 28% of Americans aged over 45 say they have sex once a week.
- The sexual education statistics show that 93% of American parents support sex education in middle school.
- 70% of boys and 78% of girls aged 15 to 19 report talking to a parent about sex.
- The chances of achieving their own orgasm lowers for men as they age, while it gets higher for women.
- 51% of adults in the US have unprotected sex.
- 3.9% of male and 5.1% of female Americans identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Sex Statistics by Age
1. The chances of achieving their own orgasm lowers for men as they age, while it gets higher for women.
According to studies following adults aged 18 through 59, it was reported that men have a lower likelihood of achieving their own orgasm with age. For women, the results were opposite, and it was shown they’re more likely to achieve orgasm during intercourse with age. However, age had no influence on whether their partner would achieve orgasm, regardless of gender.
2. Both men and women lose their virginity at around 17 years.
According to the Kinsey Institute, teenage sex stats show that gender doesn’t have much influence on when teens lose their virginity in the US. To be more specific, the average age for males is 16.8 years, and it’s 17.2 for females—just a small difference.
3. 28% of Americans aged over 45 say they have sex once a week.
If we take a closer look at the sex frequency statistics, we’ll see that while 28% of people have intercourse once a week, and 40% reports having intercourse at least once a month. A minority of Americans aged over 45, 22%, also reported that they engage in masturbation at least once per week.
4. Women lose their sexual appetite as they age.
According to the sex stats by age, women over 50 tend to lose interest in sex. Each year after 50, they experience a 5% decline in intercourse, and there’s a marked 7% yearly decline in the chance of receiving or giving oral sex.
5. 39.5% of high school students in the US report having had sexual intercourse.
According to the teenage sexual activity statistics from 2017, 37.7% of female high schoolers and 41.4% of male students had engaged in sexual intercourse. As far as racial background is concerned, a total of 38.6% of white (non-Hispanic), 39.4% of black (non-Hispanic), and 37.9% of Hispanic students reported having sex while in high school.
Pornography & Masturbation Statistics
6. When surveyed, more than half of the women aged between 18 and 49 said they’d masturbated within the previous three months.
Sex statistics confirm that the stigma around female masturbation is lifting, with more than half of women reporting they masturbate. Numbers were highest in the 25–29 age range. It was also shown that the rates decrease with age.
7. 42% of adolescents were exposed to internet pornography within the last year.
Pornography is everywhere, and adolescents aged 10–17 are often exposed. The worrying part is that 66% of those exposures were reported as unwanted.
8. Around a third of women in relationships report that they’ve recently masturbated.
Even though women show a decline in sexual behaviors as they age, sexual statistics in America show that one-third of those in the 60–69 age group masturbate on a somewhat regular basis.
9. 25% of men reported visiting a pornographic website within 30 days of being surveyed.
In comparison, only 4% of women reported visiting explicit websites within the same time period. In general, 14% of people said they’d used a pornographic site sometime in their lives.
10. 43% of Americans say that watching pornography is morally acceptable.
However, the majority, according to these recent statistics about sex, say that they consider pornography to be morally wrong. A mere 1% say that it depends on the situation, and another 1% state that they have no opinion on the matter.
11. 39.4% of women report having masturbated with a partner at some point in their lives.
Meanwhile, 19.8% reported having masturbated with a partner within a year of being surveyed, and 19.1% reported the same thing for the one-month time frame.
12. In comparison, 57.5% of men state that they’ve masturbated with a partner sometime in their lives.
Within the year before being surveyed, 35.5% of men had masturbated with someone else, while 18.4% did so within the previous month.
Sex Education Statistics
13. 93% of American parents support sex education in middle school.
If the majority of middle schooler parents supporting sex ed wasn’t enough, you’ll be happy to know 96% of parents of high schoolers are also on board. Both groups of parents support a wide range of topics being covered in sex ed, with puberty, healthy relationships, contraception, sexual orientation, and STDs included.
14. However, teens are even less exposed to important and timely information than they were in the past.
The sex education statistics here are, perhaps, more demoralizing. According to data from between 2011 and 2013, 43% of teenage girls and 57% of teenage boys didn’t receive any information about birth control before they had sex for the first time.
15. Only 20% of middle schools taught all 16 topics recommended by the CDC.
Even though parents are supportive, 2014’s data shows that fewer than half of all high schoolers and the vast minority of middle schoolers received the education and instruction essential to their sexual education.
16. 70% of boys and 78% of girls aged 15 to 19 report having talked to a parent about sex.
Informal sex ed statistics between 2011 and 2013 show that most teens talked to a parent about at least one of six important sex topics. These included how to say no, birth control methods, STDs/STIs, how to get birth control, condom use, and HIV prevention. However, we have to keep in mind that the knowledge parents have about these topics may be incomplete or inaccurate.
17. 14% of Americans believe that abstinence-only programs should be taught in schools.
The majority of Americans may not believe in abstinence only. However, the 14% who do also believe that schools shouldn’t teach children anything about condoms and other types of contraception.
Oral & Anal Sex Statistics
18. 36.3% of women report having engaged in anal sex at some point in their lives.
According to the same study, 13.2% of women reported having had anal sex recently when surveyed. These statistics disregard ethnic, racial, and religious differences, as women of all backgrounds participated in the study.
19. 83% of men and 82% of women report having had oral sex with a partner of the opposite sex at some point in their lives.
Same-gender oral sex statistics show that about 6% of all men reported having oral sex with another man.
20. Sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted through oral sex.
STIs can spread through oral sex, especially if the person performing oral has a cut in their mouth, which makes it easy for the virus or bacteria to get into the bloodstream. HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, HPV, hepatitis A and B, and even intestinal parasites like Giardia and E. Coli can all be spread through oral sex.
21. 18% of heterosexual men report having engaged in insertive anal intercourse.
Furthermore, sex statistics in the US also show that 15% said they’d received analingus. A somewhat higher percentage, 24%, said they’d performed analingus before. Another 24% admitted to receiving anal fingering.
22. 84.6% of women say they’ve received oral sex sometime in their lifetime.
(Statista – Female Oral Sex)
Data from 2015 also shows that 49.2% of women had received oral sex in that year. And in the month before they were surveyed, only 31.8% reported having received oral sex.
23. Men aren’t too far ahead, with 85% stating they’ve received oral sex at some point their lives.
(Statista – Male Oral Sex)
In addition, 60.9% said they received oral sex sometime in the year before they were surveyed, while 38.4% reported receiving oral sex sometime in the past month.
General Sex Statistics in America
24. The average number of sexual partners in America was 10.7 in 2005.
Globally, Turkey was in the lead with 14.5 partners being the average in the country. Of the countries listed, India was in last place with 3.
25. 55% of people feel they have “traditional” sex lives, and of them, 3 in 10 would like something more adventurous.
If we look into this deeper, we’ll see that four in ten (especially men) would like their partner to be more adventurous.
26. The unprotected sex statistics suggest 51% of adults have unsafe sex.
Meanwhile, 45% of men aged between 18 and 24 report using a condom during vaginal sex. Only 6% of Americans still believe that using birth control is not morally right. Of course, this does nothing to change the fact that the main reason women take the pill is birth control.
27. Approximately 3.9% of male and 5.1% of female Americans identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.
The sexual orientation statistics show an increase in people who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community as of 2017. The numbers have been rising since 2012, when only 3.4% of men and 3.5% of women declared themselves as lesbian, gay, transgender, or queer. The fact that the LGBTQ+ population is becoming more accepted in society may be having a notable impact on these American sex statistics.
28. There are differences between fantasy and reality.
Sexual fantasies are normal and healthy, but not all of them come true. There are three most common fantasies in the US, and those are cheating, having a threesome, and having sex at work. While 16% of people report actually cheating on their partners, 30% have fantasized about it. 21% of people have daydreamed about having a threesome, while 14% report doing it. When it comes to stats on sex at the office, 12% of people did it while 10% just fantasized about it.
29. 16.9% of men over 50 use a drug to help with their erectile dysfunction.
Erectile medication is taken by almost 17% of men over 50, according to data from 2010. It was also estimated that 4% of men have used erectile medication sometime in their lives. Only 1.4% reported that they currently use erectile drugs.
30. Between 60% and 80% of young adults report experiencing hookups.
The college sex statistics are in, and they tell us that most North American youth have experienced a hookup. This is a period of developmental transition into adulthood, where exploring sexuality and romantic intimacy, including hookups, are considered typical behavior.
31. Even though the effect of hookups are mostly positive, 27.1% say they’re embarrassed after it happened.
24.7% report having emotional difficulties after a hookup, while 20.8% experience a loss of respect, and 10% report difficulties having a steady partner. Still, thanks to the sexual revolution of the 60s and the normalization of the culture by the media over the years, 82% of men and 57% of women report being generally glad they’ve done it.
32. Premarital sex statistics say over 9 out of 10 Americans have sex before marriage.
According to a study conducted by Lawrence Finer, 99% of respondents reported having sex before the age of 44. And 95% said that they had sex before marriage. Finer states that premarital sex is normal behavior that has been present in the US for decades, proven by the fact that the rates are high even among those born in the 1940s.
33. 83% of men report enjoying sex a lot.
In comparison, only 59% of women have stated they enjoy sex greatly. Men are in the majority when it comes to thinking about sex every day, at 70%, while only 34% of women report thinking about sex daily.
34. For those curious about the average sex duration, statistics indicate that intercourse lasts between 3 and 7 minutes.
According to a 2005 survey by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, vaginal intercourse that lasts one to two minutes is considered too short. Sex that lasts between 10 and 30 minutes goes too long, while sex therapists say anywhere between 7 and 13 minutes is ideal.
What ethnicity is the most sexually active?
(The Daily Beast)
According to a paper published in 2006, African Americans have more sex than Caucasians. The paper reports that the polled African American men reported having sex 65.8 times per year, compared to Caucasians, who claim to have sex 60.8 times per year.
How many times a week should you have sex?
There is no perfect, exact number of times you should have sex. Everybody is different, and sex drives can vary significantly from person to person. However, what science does claim is that you shouldn’t put pressure on yourself, or your partner, to conform to some magic number.
How often do 50-year-olds make love?
The frequency of making love depends on the couple, of course. However, a survey conducted by writer Chrisanna Northrup, sociologist James Witte, PhD, and relationship expert Pepper Schwartz, PhD, has some telling results.
According to their survey, 31% of couples have sex several times on a weekly basis; 28% only a couple of times per month; and 8% only make love once a month. This leaves 33% who don’t have sex at all.
As you can see from the sex statistics above, this is a very complex topic with a lot of perspectives to take into account. What we can conclude is that the stigma around sex is lifting in our society—this includes premarital and anal sex, as well as female masturbation, which are all becoming more normalized and accepted as times goes on.
- ABC News
- American Psychological Association
- CBS News
- The Daily Beast
- Guttmacher Institute
- International Society for Sexual Medicine
- Planned Parenthood
- Psychology Today