How Often Are College Women REALLY Having Sex?

This post shares results from our Complete College Life Survey Series where we collected over 10,000 responses from women at 300+ colleges.  Check out even more of the results here.

Let’s talk about sex. Or maybe not?  It turns out four out of 10 college women are still virgins.  And of those who are no longer virgins, the most common age to lose their virginity was 18.  So no, you’re not the only one who hasn’t had sex yet!

When it comes to birth control, a full 45 percent of college women are on the Pill, but a lot of the time they’re taking it to regulate their period and help with cramps or acne—not just for birth control. College women are clearly adopting a “better safe than sorry” approach when it comes to pregnancy, with almost a third having taken a pregnancy test, despite that only 2 percent have ever actually gotten pregnant.

College women are taking safe sex seriously when it comes to STDs too, with 86 percent reporting using condoms (woohoo!).  STDs among college women are low, with only 4 percent reporting having had one.  

 

Infographic by Erica Maybaum

Don't miss the rest of our survey results - check them out here