How do Brit women really feel about one-night stands, and abortion? A UK survey tries to find out.
The poll asked almost 1,000 women, all of them married or in long-term partnerships, searching questions about every aspect of their intimate lives.
Almost half of women in their 30s (46 per cent) and 40s (45 per cent) have had casual, one-off sexual encounters, while those in their 50s are not far behind - more than a third have had casual sex, reports The Daily Mail.
Women in 40s are the least remorseful: surprisingly, three-quarters of them say they have no qualms, while 65 per cent of those in their 50s also have no regrets.
While 16 per cent of 20 to 29-year-olds have caught a sexually transmitted disease, in that age group, 44 per cent of women said they wished they had never had their encounters, compared with 37 per cent in their 30s, 26 per cent in their 40s and 35 per cent in their 50s.
While 23 per cent of the youngest age group in our survey (20 to 29-year-olds) admitted having had an abortion, surprisingly, similar numbers of women in 40s and 50s - 22 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively - have also had terminations.
Meanwhile, the figure for the over-60s - for many of whom abortion was illegal during their child-bearing years - was nine per cent.
Dr Andrew Fergusson, a former GP and now spokesman for the Christian Medical Fellowship, said, "We have reached a point where abortion is seen as just another method of contraception. For years, the effects have been swept under the carpet and evidence is only just beginning to emerge of real physical and psychological implications for some of the women who have abortions."
"There is also evidence of increased suicide attempts and episodes of depression among women who have had abortions," he added.
Although 56 per cent of women say they do not regret their abortions, many are, it seems, beset by a complex amalgam of emotions after them. 67 per cent of 20-yr-olds do not have misgivings about their abortions.
However, the majority of women - 64 per cent - in the 40-49 age group do mourn their decision to end a pregnancy.
But the Royal College of Psychiatrists says there is no clinical evidence that women suffer psychologically as a result of early abortions.
"The risks to psychological health from the termination of pregnancy in the first trimester are much less than the risks associated with proceeding with a pregnancy which is clearly harming the mother's mental health," its report stated.