Nicole was 18 when she began dating her then-boyfriend who would soon become the father of her first child — despite the pair never having sex. Despite this, the supply teacher from Hampshire, UK, ended up welcoming a baby girl, earning her the nickname 'Virgin Mary'. Nicole and her boyfriend were keen to start a sexual relationship but weren't able to progress to penetrative sex. Nicole had never been able to insert a tampon and, despite being told by doctors that she was 'fine' and just 'extremely tight', she knew something wasn't right. Later on during her pregnancy, Nicole was diagnosed with vaginismus, a medical condition that causes the vaginal wall muscles to involuntarily constrict which makes tampon use, pap smears and penetrative sex difficult or impossible.
Having sex too soon is the biggest regret of young people losing their virginity, a survey of British sexual behaviour suggests. More than a third of women and a quarter of men in their teens and early 20s admitted it had not been "the right time" when they first had sex. The latest National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles poll says many people may not be ready at that age. The Natsal survey, carried out every decade or so, gives a detailed picture of sexual behaviour in the UK. When asked in more depth, most said they wished they had waited longer to lose their virginity. Few said they should have done it sooner. Most had had sex by the time they were 18 - half had done it by the time they were turning