New research from the Guttmacher Institute may debunk the idea that religion and sex don't mix. Using data gathered from a 2006-2008 survey of more than 7,000 US women ages 15-44, this report found that women of a variety of religions — Protestant, Catholic, and Buddhism included — are having sex and using contraception.
These findings are released in the midst of the Planned Parenthood funding debate and help the organization's cause as they show that women from all backgrounds depend on birth control. Maybe even a religious version of the "I have sex" video is in the works? See five of the surprising stats on religious women and their sex lives:
- Despite the Catholic church being against contraception, only two percent of devout Catholic women rely on natural family planning.
- The number of never-married 15- to 19-year-olds who have had sex is 42 percent, with similar numbers across all denominations.
- Ninety-nine percent of all sexually active religious women have used contraception other than natural family planning.
- More Evangelical than Catholic or Protestant virgins give religious or moral reasons for abstaining from sex, 63 percent vs. 31 and 36, respectively.
- Sixty-nine percent of sexually experienced women of all denominations are using "highly effective methods" including sterilization, a hormonal method like the pill, or IUD.
What has been your experience with religious beliefs and sexuality?