Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 43–54 | Cite as

Sexual behavior of Colombian female university students

  • Heli Alzate


The results of a survey of sexual behavior conducted among 113 female students of Caldas University, Manizales, Colombia, are reported. Among other findings, cumulative incidence of masturbation was 68.1% and that of premarital coitus 33.6%. On the other hand, 56.4% of the nonvirgins professed to have had oralgenital contacts and 28.2% of them said that they had experienced anal coitus. While 96.5% of the students admitted contact with pornographic materials and 40.4% had been sexually aroused by these materials, 18% of those subjects who had been exposed to “romantic” (nonsexually explicit) materials professed to have been sexually aroused. As to contraceptive practices, many students never used any contraceptive method, and 11.4% of the coitally experienced respondents admitted to having had an induced abortion. This study also shows a negative correlation between religiosity and the subjects' sexual behavior. Highly significant sex differences in sexual behavior among Colombian university students are also revealed when this study's findings are compared with data from male medical students.

Key words

premarital sex sexual behavior cross-cultural intercourse abortion female sexuality 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heli Alzate
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineCaldas University School of MedicineManizalesColombia

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