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Poll Says Korean Women First Have Sex at Age 21 and Are Lax With Contraception

This doesn’t seem to be a very scientific way to determine a statistic but regardless it is a lead story in the Chosun Ilbo:

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Korean women first have sex at the age of 21.5 and hope to have their first child at 31.9, according to a straw poll marking 2012 World Contraception Day.

The poll by 11 international NGOs among 100 women in their 20s or 30s each in eight Asian countries and sponsored by Bayer HealthCare was released on Monday.

The Asia-wide average age when women first have sex is 22, and their average favored age of first childbirth 30.

The age when Korean women want their first child is the highest in Asia, but many are lax with contraception. Some 67 percent of Korean respondents said they have had sex without contraceptives at least once, and 14 percent they were unaware of the risk of pregnancy.

Asked about their preferred method of contraception, 48 percent said condoms and 15 percent contraceptive pills. Sixteen percent answered they have no plans to use contraception.   [Chosun Ilbo]

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  • Liz
    5:27 am on November 27th, 2012 1

    It’s a good thing Asian women age well. They look about twenty at thirty anyway. Not surprised they don’t like oral contraception. Hormones, whether injected or ingested (not unlike a soy latte, but more like 15 soy lattes a day) tend to make women fat (also neurotic and nutty).

  • Stephen
    6:47 am on November 27th, 2012 2

    Lead story? It’s dated 26 September 2012. Some people have been fluffing this story of Korean women’s sex lives, to bring it to the top of the Chosun totem pole.

    (Pedantry on my part but Teadrinker seems to have missed it)

    Cue 1 … 2 … 3 …

  • Teadrinker
    1:59 pm on November 27th, 2012 3

    A poll conducted on 100 women? That’s their lead story? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • JoeC
    2:46 pm on November 27th, 2012 4

    Several years ago there was a big deal about Korea cracking down on abortion doctors and strictly enforcing the law. I wonder if or how that had changed attitudes towards and uses of contraception.

    As far as I know, it is still a very big social taboo for a woman to become an unwed mother in Korea.

    5:58 pm on November 27th, 2012 5

    Teadrinker for the win!

  • kushibo
    8:28 pm on November 27th, 2012 6

    Korean women talking to a poll about their sex habits.

    So many possibilities…

  • Teadrinker
    3:12 pm on November 28th, 2012 7


    Whether they were fully honest or not, the sample is not statistically significant and so the results must be ignored. 100 people is not representative of a population of millions. Heck, such a small sample is hardly enough to conduct a pilot study on their questionnaire.


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