Women in Conservative Countries That Value Virginity before Marriage More Likely to Engage in Premarital Anal Intercourse

Cultures generally shape the perception of people to different standards. Despite being fiercely contested, virginity is a sign of pride, dignity, and respect in many cultures, even though stressing virginity is likely to create and reinforce conventional constructions of virginity.



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Concerning sex, premarital relations are considered evil in many conservative cultures. Virginity is seen as noble and a gift only to a legal partner at marriage. With increasing access to sexual content, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to abstain from sex. Also, with more liberal world views, sex is no longer mystified. Fear of the act is limited in several cultures. However, so many cultures are still restrictive on premarital sex. There is outright shaming and sometimes cancellation of people, especially women, seen to engage in premarital sex. The reverence of virginity in these conservative cultures has given rise to various other premarital sex practices. These practices may be more unsafe than vaginal sex. However, in a bid to conform to cultural standards of “sexual purity,” many women now engage in forms of anal sex.

The rise of the term “technical virgin” has gotten more traction in literature. Technical virginity explains the action of abstaining from vaginal sex to indulge in other forms of oral or anal sex.

Various research shows many women substitute vaginal intercourse for non-vaginal sexual activities like anal sex to maintain their virginity. Also, the desire to avoid pregnancy increases the practice of anal sex. While many people are technically virgins, there is an increasing practice of anal sex to maintain the tag of virginity.

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Scientists have offered compelling explanations for the rise in technical virginity. The desire to carry out anal sex to prevent vaginal penetration is done more by “abstinence pledgers.” A study shows that people are more likely to substitute vaginal sex for oral and anal sex. The desire to abstain from premarital sex and maintain virginity has not prevented the rise of various other means of sexual satisfaction as anal sex. More concerning is the increase in hymenoplasties to conceal evidence of sexual activity. Hymenoplasty is a surgical procedure used to reconstruct the hymen, which is in the lower part of the vagina. This treatment is gaining prevalence because certain cultures see the hymen as a sign of virginity. Women choose this surgical technique to restore the original condition of the hymen for cultural and, in certain instances, religious reasons. The fibrous and elastic tissue known as the hymen is generally torn during a woman’s first sexual intercourse. Other activities, such as a physical injury, unexpected movements, the use of tampons, or sports such as horseback riding, might cause a hymen tear. Women in certain cultures now engage in premature anal intercourse to prevent hymen tears. The surge in anal penetration has led to the misconception that it is safe against pregnancy, sexually transmitted illnesses, and maintaining virginity. Anal sex has specific issues that have a reduced emphasis in these cultures due to the tremendous significance of being a virgin till marriage.

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Dangers of anal intercourse

The importance of virginity and conversations around it may have unexpected implications in these cultures. Premarital sexual behavior among teenagers and young adults is a vital topic in sexuality research, owing to the hazards of unplanned births and sexually transmitted illnesses in this demographic.

However, many sex education programs in conservative countries only promote sexual abstinence until marriage as a strategy for preventing sexually transmitted infections, while other forms of safe sex, such as condom use and non-penetrative sex, are frequently ignored and excluded due to religious and social norms. Female anal sex is a sort of heterosexual sexual behavior in which the penis, and other objects, are placed into the anus of a female partner.

According to research done in the United States, the per contact chance of HIV transmission is ten times higher for penile-anal intercourse than for penile-vaginal sex, as reported by the European Study Group on Heterosexual Transmission of HIV. Anal sex is becoming more popular among sexually active women, with an estimated global prevalence of 5-10%. The results mean to avoid premarital sex, women are more likely to engage in anal sex, increasing the likelihood of contracting HIV.

The anatomy of the anus is different from the vagina. These differences such as reduced elasticity increased bacterial deposition, and other features, also increase the risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases.

Anal intercourse may also aggravate existing hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are blood vessel locations inside and outside the rectum that can cause itching, minor bleeding, and pain. While hemorrhoids can be uncomfortable and painful, they are readily treatable and avoided. For some people, anal intercourse might aggravate pre-existing hemorrhoids.

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In rare situations, it is conceivable that a tear in the lining of the anus or rectum might get bigger with anal sex. This fissure can sometimes be so large that it goes beyond the intestine and into other areas of the body, and progresses to a fistula.

A fistula is a medical emergency because it permits feces from the colon to go to other parts of the body. Because fecal contents carry a high concentration of germs, having a fistula can bring bacteria into various body areas, causing illnesses and harm.


Anal sex has a lot of side effects and dangers. The desire by some cultural practices to engage in it is becoming increasingly prevalent. The prevalence stems from a desire to preserve virginity, or supposed chastity, until marriage. The lack of appropriate sexual education has caused an increase in practices with certain dangers. With the potential of more HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases risk, engaging in anal sex has not replaced safe sex. Cultural practices that promote virginity until marriage has failed to address the rising effects of premarital anal sex. The discrepancy between both ideologies causes a lack of reconciliation between sexual practices in conservative societies. Sociologists argue for better sexual education rather than only a forced idea of virginity until marriage.

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Prevalence and risk factors associated with female anal sex in the context of HIV/AIDS in the selected districts of Tanzania – PMC (nih.gov)

Saving Sex for Marriage: An Analysis of Lay Attitudes Towards Virginity and its Perceived Benefit for Marriage | SpringerLink

Going Most of the Way: “Technical Virginity” among American Adolescents – PMC (nih.gov)



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