Young people born prematurely are less likely to find a love partner and have sexual intercourse than those who were not. The ones born prematurely, tend not to consider themselves attractive and most of them, are still living in their parent’s house. Young ones born before the term, are more shy and scared to take risks than those who were born on term, explained researcher Tuija Mannisto from the National Institute of Health Welfare from Oulu, Finland.
The duration of a pregnancy, is usually of 40 weeks, and the babies that come into the world after 37 weeks are considered to be born at term. Immediately after birth, the premature babies are likely to have difficulties in breathing and digesting the food. Some of them might encounter weakened vision or hearing, diminished cognitive skills, and poor social and behavior skills.
An experiment conducted in Finland, researched the questionnaire filled by Finish people born between 1985 and 1989, with the average age around 23 years old. 149 out of them had been born earlier than the term, earlier than 34 weeks and 248 were close to the end of the preterm, between 34 and 37 weeks and 356 of them were born at term.
Comparing the results of the ones born on term with the ones born late preterm, showed that preterm individuals had 20% less chances to have ever lived with a love partner and 24% less chances to ever had sex. Similar results were shown in the ones born earlier than the term. Another difference noted by researcher, was the fact that a lot of those born preterm were still living with their parents.
When they were asked to rate their sexual appeal on a scale from 0 to 10, early term individuals rated themselves the lowest grade. Ten was the highest grade of sex appeal, full terms persons, rated themselves an average of 6.9, late preterm 6.5 and early preterm graded themselves 6.2.
The findings don’t affect the most just the ones born very early preterm, but even those born a week earlier, noted researchers in their study.
Regardless of the final results of the study, at the end of the day, what truly counts is the education and social economic status of the family, stated a doctor who wasn’t involved in the study, Kristi Watterberg, a neonatologist at the University of New Mexico.
A premature born person, in the United States, having a mother that works several jobs who doesn’t afford proper child care, should have it much worse than a premature baby, born in Finland, added Watterberg, reffering to Finland’s good economic status.
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