Girls typically think of virginity as a gift, while boys think of virginity as a stigma.
The sexual behavior of adolescents is, in most cases, influenced by their culture's norms and mores, their sexual orientation, and the issues of social control such as age of consent laws.
In humans, mature sexual desire usually begins to appear with the onset of puberty.
Increasing levels of androgen and estrogen have an effect on the thought processes of adolescents and can be described as them being in the minds "of almost all adolescents a good deal of the time".
In 2002, a survey was conducted in European nations about the sexual behavior of teenagers.
Teenage girls who use the most common form of birth control pills, combination birth control pills with both estrogen and progestin, are 80% more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant than girls who were not taking them.
After their first act of sexual intercourse, adolescent girls generally see themselves in one of the following ways: as a gift, a stigma, or a normal step in development.