What Is Sex For The First Time Really Like? 13 People On What They Didn't Realize Until They Actually Did It

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Before you have sex for the first time, you can have some really weird perceptions about it— or just not understand it all. I didn't realize a penis had some bend do it, so I couldn't see how you could have sex in any position other the woman-on-top without his penis breaking off. But it turns out, I'm not alone. An AskReddit thread about misconceptions about sex that people had and things they didn't realize about sex until they actually had it will make you feel better about all the questions your teenage self had.

And you know what? It's nobody's fault. Sex is confusing, and not everybody gets comprehensive sex education. Even if you were like me and had decent sex ed, it's not like they go into the details about how sex works. You're not getting an instruction manual, you're getting an aerial view. And we pick up weird impressions from the media and porn all the time — there were so many people on this thread saying they assumed semen would be really sticky like glue or that they didn't realize all the noises that would happen. It's totally natural. But seeing what people thought will make you feel better and give you a laugh in the process.

1This Beautiful Innocence

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I kind of wish that was what it meant — that we were all just stuck together until we orgasm.

2The Mess

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This. All of this.

3The Dribble

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It sure can swim.

4What?

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OK, I definitely didn't know that.

5We're Not Tunnels, People

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And when you reach it, we know.

6The Cramps

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And how they can immediately kill the mood — and leave you writhing in pain.

7The Queef/Orgasm

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This is beautiful.

8Noises

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Squelch, squelch, slap, groan, squelch.

9Doggy Style Confusion

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You were not alone in this, my friend.

10The Shakes

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Everyone orgasms differently — and some of them are intense.

11SHOWER SEX IS A LIE

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THANK YOU.

12The Lost Condom

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Yeah, that's never a fun night. Thank god those vaginas have an end point.

13The Heat

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Now that's a surprise.

So if you thought sex was done through the belly button, like one of my friends, or didn't understand where everything goes — you weren't alone. Sex is really confusing until you get there. And sometimes even after that.