“Genetic factors…”explain around 25 percent of the differences in the age when people start to have sex”.

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The genes likely influence such factors as the age at which puberty hits, and whether or not you posses a risk-taking personality. Previous research had shown that people who start having sex at a young age are more likely to underperform at school and have poorer physical and mental health. Early onset puberty has been linked to a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

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