By the time you’re in your mid-20s, sex is something that you’re pretty accustomed to – regardless of whether you’re experienced, an amateur or even a virgin. Most people you know are getting down and dirty regularly, and you’ve been there for them through pregnancy scares, condom splits, and, sadly, one too many f*ckboy or f*ckgirl encounters.
Chances are, they’ll have had your back through these things too.

When you’re older, you realize that the sex education you had as a teen did nothing to prepare you for the reality of doing the deed. Only straight sex was discussed, the plethora of birth control options available most likely weren’t, and consent was reduced to a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
So you were forced to figure things out as you went along, learning from your friends and partners. However, if you’re looking to up your sexual knowledge (and indeed your knowledge of relationships), here’s 16 sex things that every woman should know by the time she’s 25.

1. It’s okay to be a virgin

Sure, most people have popped their cherries by the time they’re 25, but if you’ve chosen to wait for marriage, or the right person just hasn’t come along yet, that’s totally okay. You should never feel pressured into doing something just because everyone else is doing it.

2. Skimpy lingerie isn’t worth it

You might look hot when you’re clothes have come off, but after you’ve been wined and dined all night with a small piece of lace creating a rash between your buns, well, it’s a bit of a mood killer. Sometimes granny panties are the best option.

3. Lube is incredible

Whether you’re using it to self-pleasure, making sex go a little bit smoother, or even when performing oral, lube really does do wonders for your sex life. After all, sometimes you’re vagina isn’t quite wet enough, and, let’s face it, more lube means condoms are less likely to break.

4. Give your partner advice during oral

It takes two to tango, and it takes two people who communicate to tango successfully. If your partner is going down on you, they want to get you off, and they’ll certainly be grateful for a little bit more advice as they try to turn your vagina into a shooting star. So if something needs to be changed, tell them!

It’s no secret that your mid-20s are a stressful time. You’ve only just begun to establish yourself as a fully-fledged adult, and this can come with a host of problems. However, when life gets a little bit too hectic, some fun between the sheets can be exactly what the doctor ordered – regardless of whether it’s solo or with a partner. It’s been scientifically proven that orgasms reduce stress and help you to sleep better.