According to a new study , women who are sexually active early in their adolescence--specifically, before age are more likely to divorce. Researchers at the University of Iowa used the responses of 3, women who are married or have been married at some point in their lives from the National Survey of Family Growth to examine the relationship between the age at which they had their first sexual experience, and the success of their first marriage. At first glance, the findings seemed alarming: multiple outlets including this one , reported that up to 47 percent of women who lost their virginity during their teen years divorced within 10 years of getting married--implying that women who lose their virginity during adolescence will inevitably face conflict in their later adult relationships. In short, the study's conclusions were less about the correlation between when a girl loses her virginity and her risk of divorce than it was about how the nature of the first sexual experience affects later romantic relationships. While some of the initial reports about the study alluded to this point, they often did not explore it completely, so we decided to go to the source--lead researcher Anthony Paik--to shed more light on this surprisingly complicated study. Anthony Paik: [I looked at] the association between the timing of first sex and divorce.