Number of girls in US having sexual contact with other girls is higher than ever before since the last decade, while teenage pregnancy has decreased, new study has revealed.
New analysis of the U.S. National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) has revealed the surprising shifts in the sexual activity, the Daily Mail reported.
A comparison of NSFG data in 2002 and figures from 2006 to 2008 indicated that 11 per cent of 17-year-old girls in the more recent statistics had engaged in contact with other girls, compared with just five per cent in 2002.
The same girls also maintain that they have had significantly less heterosexual sexual contact, at just 46 per cent in 2006-2008, compared with 63 per cent in 2002.
The decrease in some way some way explains the drop in the number of girls who have been pregnant from 18 per cent to 12 per cent.
“Factors that may account for this drop include our findings that more were waiting until later in adolescence to become heterosexually involved,” Dr. Nanette Gartrell, NSFG lead author, told the Windy City Times.
“More were using emergency contraception if they were heterosexually active, and perhaps even that more were engaging in same-sex behavior.
“It will be interesting to see if the next cycle of NSFG data collection reveals whether these changes are a long-term trend,” she added.
According to Huffington Post , the findings follow a study by Boise State University, which found that 60 per cent of heterosexual women have been sexually attracted to other women, while 50 per cent confessed to having had same-sex fantasies.
The study has been published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour.