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Disadvantages of Pre-Marital Sex

The change in the 20th century of American society in the scope of premarital sex is the dramatic increasing of premarital sex behavior. According to the survey data, in the past, premarital sex rate was low, and premarital sex will often lead to marriage. Women born in the 1900’s, only 8% had premarital sex before the age of 20; women born from 1910 to 1919, the rate of premarital sex increased to 23 %.

According to the 1974 National Survey data, adults, 25 years of age, 97% of men and 81% of women had premarital sex. France in 1972, the survey indicates that 29 years of age, 75% of men and 55% of women have had sexual relations before marriage. The most extreme figures from Sweden, the ratio of men and women that have premarital sex experience is as high as 99%. In other words, in Sweden, people enjoy the high degree of sexual freedom and gender equality.

Premarital sex in general has occurred in students and those without a stable source of community among the youths. They have sex because sex is something curious for them, and they will not be responsible, or in any obligations.

When the sexual desire is gone, there are many detrimental consequences to those who engage in pre-marital sex. For starters, there are mental effects. Those who engage in pre-marital sex have a tendency to feel extreme guilt for their actions, which then develop into depression. This guilt carries onto adulthood and consequently, affects their future relationships and marriage.

In addition, after engaging in pre-marital sex, many suffer feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. In the event of a future relationship with another person, the ones who have had pre-marital sex also feel a pressure to continue to have sex with their partner.

Malaysian society is one that does not publicly condone such behavior. Those who do have pre-marital sex find themselves being stigmatized by society. These people are condemned and called unsavory names, which has a detrimental effect on their self-esteem and self-worth.

It is also an irresponsible sexual behavior. There is no responsibility involved in such relationships. The most vulnerable person in such relationships is the woman. Statistics can overwhelmingly prove that man has often cheated innocent women in pre-marital sex. According to Newsweek, today half of all American men and women in their thirties cohabited before marriage, many of them on the assumption that it is better to look deeply before they leap. But studies now demonstrate that couples who cohabit before marriage are more likely to divorce than those who do not. 

From the physical aspect, girls who eventually end up pregnant after having pre-marital sex are forced to face the harsh realities of having a baby at a young age.  If a young girl becomes pregnant, she places herself and her unborn child at further risk. Why? Because a young girl’s body may not have developed to the point of being able to handle childbirth safely.

Even if a teen mother escapes severe health consequences, she must still face the serious responsibilities that parenthood brings. Many girls find that fending for themselves and for a newborn infant is far more difficult than they had imagined.

 As abortion in the country is illegal, said girl would either have to move to another country to abort the child, or be forced to raise the child. This girl would still be emotionally unstable and unfit to raise a child. The pressures of such a responsibility can force her to take desperate measures, from self-inflicted abortions, to suicide.

Other than that, due to the fact that the person who is having pre-marital sex may not be having sex with a virgin, there is the risk of contracting an STD. Sexually transmitted diseases are among the most common infectious diseases in the United States today. STDs are sometimes referred to as sexually transmitted infections, since these conditions involve the transmission of an infectious organism between sex partners. STDs are sexually transmitted diseases which may or may not be fatal. An example of a non-fatal STD would be syphilis. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the spirochete bacterium Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum. The primary route of transmission is through sexual contact.

A fatal STD would be HIV/AIDS. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV stands for the 'Human Immunodeficiency Virus' and AIDS stands for the 'Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome'. AIDS is a serious condition that breaks down the body's defences against illness. This means that people with AIDS can get many different kinds of diseases which a healthy person's body would normally fight off quite easily. When that occurs, diseases such as influenza or pneumonia are likely to be very dangerous. From the religious point of view, Islam, which is the largest practiced religion in Malaysia, does not condone pre-marital sex. Pre-marital sex is absolutely forbidden in Islam, no matter whether it is with a girl-friend or a prostitute. Pre-marital sex is fornication.

Pre-marital sex is a sin punishable by the Islamic court. If an unmarried man and an unmarried woman are found guilty of fornication in an Islamic court, their punishment will be as the following: The woman and the man who fornicate scourge each of them a hundred whips; and in the matter of God s religion, let no tenderness for them seize you if you believe in God and the Last Day; and let a party of the believers witness their punishment. (24:2) If the unmarried man or woman commit fornication more than once, then they will be punished three times by hundred wipes, and if they are proven guilty for the fourth time, then they will be put to death.

In conclusion, pre-marital sex brings about many negative consequences. Therefore, youths nowadays should try to stay away from pre-marital sex in order to safeguard their emotional and physical health. 

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