What is an appropriate age for sex?

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To be honest there is no way anyone can answer this question for you except to say once you are of legal age, then the decision is up to you to make when it seems right with the right person and for the right reasons.

I was eighteen and it was two years after we had been together that we decided to have sex. It should really be at an age when you are sure that you are ready, no other time but that. Don't do it if you have questions about how you feel about him or her, sex is a very serious experience and the first time can be beautiful if everything is ready. If not, then it can be an experience you will regret and that may have long term impacts on your thoughts about healthy natural loving sex. If you are hesitant about doing it, wait.

It all depends on the person. Some people are mature enough and feel emotionally stable with sex at an earlier age, while others don't feel ready for it until they are 18 or older. If you don't think you're ready, say no. It's your virginity, give it to someone who really cares about you, respects you, and appreciates you, or save it for someone who does.

I lost my virginity at age 17, to someone who was 14. Neither of us had any problem with it, and we had a nice relationship too. It's all dependent on personal development.

I had sex when I was 14 and now I am 16 and have a 2 year old daughter named Sarah. So if you do decide to have sex and do not want to be like me, then you should have protected sex. But it is your life to live, I would not change mine now because of Sarah and my boyfriend is her dad, and we are still together and we had and still have a good relationship. So wait until you are in a stable relationship.

For the age that I let my daughter, it was 17 years old. But it depends, because some can't wait and they think that it's time because they really love someone (at least they think that). My mom let my older sister have sex at the age of 13. I thought she was crazy. So that is why I tell my kids now: Once your virginity is gone it is gone for good. Save it until the time and person is right.

I would say don't do it at a young age. My mom and I used to always fight about that & I told her I would never do it. So I met a boy I thought I loved & I lost my virginity at 13. Well my mom found out & I felt so bad cause she was not mad, she was hurt. And seeing her cry got to me & I have emotional problems with it everyday. I have no trust from my mom now. So I would say the best is to wait until marriage.

I don't know how to answer that. All I can say is that you do it when you are ready. Now don't be stupid & do it just to feel mature because it is really immature to do it at an age when you are not ready. Now I do believe in waiting to get married to have sex and I would be really hard with the crazy teens out there. They want it now! Not later! And if they can't wait, then they don't care about you. That's what I think! And I want to have my "V card" (virginity) until marriage with the right person.

I think the perfect age is 18 or older because if you have it earlier your mom may kick you out.

Age is not really material here, except to talk about the age of consent, which varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. That is generally 18, though some countries make it illegal for sexual contact of any kind between unmarried people, so you should check your local laws. What I have to offer is this... In order to properly choose to have a sexual liaison with someone else, you need to be old enough, and knowledgeable enough, to make a decision that could potentially affect the rest of your life. Do not underestimate the risk of emotional and spiritual attachment, pregnancy and its associated child support payments, legal issues, disease, even death. Sex is not something you just have and then walk away from, contrary to what your raging hormones may tell you.

At times we all have "needs" and "wants". Sometimes you may want sex at an early age, I am 13 and want to have sex with my boyfriend whom I love!

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