Adults born prematurely twice as likely to remain virgins, study suggests

Adults born premature are twice as likely to remain life-long virgins compared to babies born at full-term, research suggests.

Analysis of studies covering up to 4.4 million adult participants has shown that those who were born pre-term are less likely to form romantic relationships, have sex or experience parenthood than those who were born full-term.

Researchers at the University of Warwick believe this is partly due to premature birth being associated with people who are more withdrawn and shy, socially excluded and less likely to take risks in adolescence.

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