In India, for example, one study suggested that for each year menarche was delayed, the age of marriage increased by nine months.
Sexual activity in general is associated with various risks.
In Tolman's interviews, girls who sought sex because they desired it felt like they had to cover it up in order for example, they blamed their sexual behavior on drinking to not be judged by others in their school.
Instances such as these show the difficulties that can arise from not exploring how society's perspective of gender and sexuality affect adolescent sexuality.
O'Sullivan and her colleagues assessed 180 girls between the ages of 12 and 14 on their perceptions on what their first sexual encounters would be like; many girls reported feeling negative emotions towards sex before their first time.
The risks are higher for young adolescents because their brains are not neurally mature.
In interviews, girls said that they viewed giving someone their virginity as like giving them a very special gift.
This process leaves young girls unassertive about their own sexual desires and needs because they focus so much on what other people expect of them rather than on what they feel inside.