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Females having sex at younger age

The average age of Shanghai female students having sex for the first time has gone from 19.5 years old in 2007 to 18.6 years old this year, according to data from the city's hotline for women with unexpected pregnancy.

Since its launch in 2005, the hotline 65876866 has received more than 50,000 phone calls and offered help to 4,400 pregnant students, said officials from the Shanghai No. 411 Hospital of the People's Liberation Army, which operates the hotline.

The venues where female students lost virginity are motels, love hotels and daily-rental apartments near their campus. About 31 percent of the students said they don't take measures like using a condom in sex.

"The popularity of such daily-rental apartments is a reflection of the rising prevalence of premarital sex among college students," said Yu Dongyan, who is in charge of the hotline service.
Half of the abortion seekers coming to Yu's hospital are unmarried women and female students account for about 30 percent of them.

A recent survey of more than 80,000 university students in seven cities found 14.4 percent of them have had sex experiences. Among these, over 25 percent of female students said they have had unexpected pregnancy.

"One student has had six abortions in her first two years in college," said Dr Cheng Xiaomei, a consultant of the hotline. "When we told her she may never be able to get pregnant and have her baby due to frequent abortions, she cried."

Doctors said sex education in school is necessary and female students must be told the risk of having unexpected pregnancy and complications of abortion.


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