Teenage sex 'leads to bad moods' in later life
Having sex during teenage years could lead to bad moods, changes in brain development and smaller reproductive tissues, according to scientists.
Researchers from Ohio State University College of Medicine found that these changes can occur because the sexual experience is taking place while the brain is still developing.
Three groups were used altogether – 40-day-old hamsters, equivalent to 16 to 20-year-old humans, which mated, adult 80-day-old animals that also had sex and a control group that didn’t.
Various tests were conducted four months later to measure the animals’ moods and the results indicate that teenage sex can affect them.
The 40-day-old hamsters, for instance, didn’t put much energy into swimming when they were placed in water, which can be a sign of depression, and frantically explored a maze – a sign of anxiety.
What’s more, researchers found that sexual activity had also affected the brain and diminished reproductive parts.
Mood swings: Researchers found that teenage hamsters that had sex were more anxious and depressed later on in life