Sex regrets: Two-thirds of Brits would change first sexual experience if they could

·Contributor, Yahoo Life UK
·3-min read
First-time sex: Adults revealed what they would change if they could. (Getty Images)
First-time sex: Adults revealed what they would change if they could. (Getty Images)

Everyone remembers their 'first time', but more than two-thirds of us would change our first sexual encounter if we could, a new study has revealed.

Not having sex with the right person is what people regret the most about their first sexual experience (71%) while more than half of those surveyed regretted being drunk when it happened (57%).

As part of an ongoing study into the reality of first-time sex more than 2,200 sexually active UK adults were asked about their experience of losing their virginity.

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People spoke about their regrets over their first sexual experiences. (Getty mages)
People spoke about their regrets over their first sexual experiences. (Getty mages)

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The survey initially found that 68% of UK adults – more than two-thirds – would change their ‘first time’ if they could. Separately, almost a third admitted that they wish they’d waited longer to make their sexual debut (32%).

Other regrets include not being in a location where they felt comfortable (61%), or worryingly not using any contraception (44%)

Some of the other answers given included ‘I regret my underwear/lingerie choice’ (11%), while a few respondents even cited they ‘were disappointed with how quickly the sex finished’ (8%).

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Tracey Coates, Sexual Wellness Expert for adult toy brand Ricky.com, has shared her top tips on how to make your first time as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

“There are often two camps when it comes to losing your virginity – it was either a toe-curling tale to tell or a sensual experience that lasted for hours. The truth is, no one is guaranteed a perfect first time, however you can certainly prepare to make the best of it,” she says.

“Firstly, there’s a lot to be said for being ready in your own head, so make sure it’s the right time for you. Secondly, get rid of any expectations you might already have from TV or movies, because the first time we have sex is typically not our best. It’s also important for you to decide what kind of sex you want to have and what to do with your body – you’re not just constricted to penetrative sex alone.

“Another great way to prepare yourself for sex with someone else is to explore and experiment with what turns you on and where you like to be touched, before you introduce a partner into the mix. Finally, choosing a partner you trust and feel comfortable with is vital, as is enthusiastic consent and boundaries, as well as ensuring you plan for safe sex.”

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