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Age at which young men have their first sexual experiences in France 2013

In 2013, the average age for the first sexual intercourse among French boys was 17 years old and 3 months. For years now, the average age for the first sexual experience remained stable. Young French, regardless of their gender, begin their sex life at around 17 years old.

First sexual experiences

According to the source, if French boys aged between 15 and 24 years old declared masturbating for the first time at the average age of 14 years old, their first oral sex experience occurred at the age of 17 years old and 8 months. Looking at the same data for girls it appears that young women masturbate for the first time a little bit later, aged 15, while they practice oral sex at the age of 17 years and 6 months on average. When it comes to the first sexual intercourse the younger generation in France mention love and tenderness as the most important reason to have sex for the first time, as well as desire. Regarding contraception, the condom seems to be the most commonly used contraceptive method during the first sexual experience, while the contraceptive pill appears to be a popular contraceptive method later, in the twenties.

Pornography among younger generations

In 2006 a survey conducted by Ipsos showed that 42 percent of boys aged 18-19 years old in France had already used websites to watch pornographic films or images. Seven years later, in 2013, this had increased to 71 percent. It may be stated that pornography consumption is becoming more prevalent today. Thus, in 2014, almost 30 percent of men in France declared that they have sometimes visited pornographic websites. Studies have not yet shown the impact of pornography on sexuality, but in 2017, 38 percent of French male teenagers and 34 percent of females admitted that pornography could have some impact on their sexual education.

Average age of first sexual experiences of men aged 15 to 24 in France in 2013, by type of experience

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Release date

October 2013



Survey time period

September 3-9, 2013

Number of respondents

1,021 respondents

Age group

15-24 years old

Special properties

Metropolitan France

Method of interview

Computer-assisted web interviews (CAWI)

Supplementary notes

* The question was formulated by the source as follows: "In your life, have you ever arrived ...? "

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