Scientists in America have claimed the secret to happy relationships, a good education and a well-paid job is to wait until your 20s before you have sex.
The surprising finding is the result of a study conducted by scientists at the University of Texas entitled "Does True Love Wait? Age of First Sexual Experience Predicts Romantic Outcomes in Adulthood".
They followed 1,659 same-sex siblings between the ages of 16-29 with those who lost their virginity before they were 15 classed as "early", between 15 and 19 as "on-time" and those older than 19 as "late".
Those classed as "late' were found to score higher in educational attainment, household income and relationship satisfaction later on in life, even when external influences were taken into consideration.
They were also found to have had less partners and were less likely to be married.
Dr. Paige Harden, head of the study, believes there could be several possible reasons for findings.
"People who have their first sexual encounter later also have certain characteristics (e.g., secure attachment style) that have downstream effects on both sexual delay and on relationship quality," said Harden.
"They could be pickier in choosing romantic and sexual partners, resulting in a reluctance to enter into intimate relationships unless they are very satisfying.
Secondly, Harden suggested that people who had sex later avoided situations, such as heartbreak or abuse, that might affect their view of relationships later in life.
Finally, Harden explains that it’s possible that “individuals who first navigate intimate relationships in young adulthood, after they have accrued cognitive and emotional maturity, may learn more effective relationship skills than individuals who first learn scripts for intimate relationships while they are still teenagers.”
Health Benefits Of Sex
Besides being fun and pleasurable, sex also offers many health boosts many of us take for granted. Take a look at these surprise benefits of having regular sex...
Sex... Wards Off Illness
According to research from <a href="http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1.asp" target="_hplink">Wilkes University</a>, making love twice a week releases an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which helps protect the body from infections and illnesses. Other research suggests that frequent ejaculations in men reduces the risk of prostate cancer later in life. According to the <em><a href="http://www.bjui.org/default.aspx" target="_hplink">British Journal of Urology International</a></em>, men who ejaculate five or more times a week, had a lower risk of prostate cancer.
Sex... Burns Off Calories
It doesn't take an expert to connect an energetic love making session with burning calories. Just thirty minutes of action under the sheets burns off around 85 calories. After 42 half-hour sessions, you could burn 3,570 calories, which is the equivalent of 1lb in weight. By having sex three times a week for a year, you could burn off the equivalent of 5lbs a year. Who needs a diet?!
Sex... Relieves Pain
During sex, a hormone called oxytocin is released when the body climaxes, which increases the level of endorphins that acts like natural a pain relief. This causes the body to relax. Many notice their aches and pains, like swelling, inflammation, headaches and menstrual cramps, disappear after sex and gradually improve with regular action.
Sex... Helps Beat Depression
Women who have regular orgasms are generally more relaxed, less depressed and mentally, physically and emotionally satisfied. Regular sex also helps the body sleep better as it relieves tension plus it helps the brain produce serotonin - the chemical that gives the body a 'mood' lift and is commonly found in antidepressants.
Sex.. Keeps You Young
Regular sex releases a surge of plethora chemicals into the body, also known as the 'happy hormones', and they contain testosterone. As we age, the level of testosterone decreases, so the more sex you have, the more your hormone levels increases. This surge of hormone help keep bones and muscles healthy - plus it keeps skin looking plump and youthful. In women, regular sex also helps keep the pelvic floor muscles healthy, which decreases the chances of not-so-sexy incontinence later in life.