‘Teen Mom 2’: Kailyn Lowry Admits She Became Sexually Active When She Wasn’t ‘Physically Or Emotionally’ Ready

Kailyn Lowry has been sharing her experience as a teen mother with the world since she first appeared on 16 and Pregnant.

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Now that her sons are starting to get a little older and Lowry has some distance between now and when she became pregnant with her first son, she has a clearer vision of why things happened the way they did.

Though Lowry’s not the most open Teen Mom 2 star on the show, she does open up sometimes in her podcast and has opened up big-time in the books she’s written.

In Pride Over Pity, Lowry writes about realizing she wasn’t ready at all to become sexually active when she did. But she understands why she sought out “boys for love so early.”

“I needed appreciation. I needed to feel worthy. Most of all I needed support,” she writes.

Kailyn Lowry’s first boyfriend

Lowry started dating her first boyfriend in eighth grade. At the time, some of Lowry’s friends were already sexually active.

“I felt pressured into wanting to get rid of my virginity, too,” she wrote.  

Lowry and her friends had been learning about sex in school via their sex education program, but it apparently wasn’t enough to make the reality TV star feel fully knowledgable.

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“The little knowledge I had just made me curious and experimental, not frightened,” she wrote. So she and her boyfriend experimented.

Lowry writes, in detail, about losing her virginity on “the concrete sidewalk.” 

She describes the interaction as “stiff.” 

Kailyn Lowry thinks she was too young to be having sex

Now, Lowry believes she was too young to be sexually active.

“Why does losing your virginity have to be so weird? I barely had any inclination then as to why, but in retrospect it is so obvious. I was too young to understand that I wasn’t ready–physically or emotionally–for sex,” she wrote.

Lowry continued: “I believed then that I had to have sex to keep up with my friends, so I just wanted to get the embarrassing virgin sticker off my forehead. Now, I wish I hadn’t ripped it off so quickly. Virginity isn’t a Band-aid.”

At the time, though, Lowry was happy to have rid herself of the “embarrassing virgin sticker” on her forehead.  

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“Now that it was over, I was relieved. I was actually comforted by the thought that I was somehow a “new” girl. In the end, my first boyfriend and I were together for a year, which is a lifetime if you’re in the eight grade. The few more times we had sex, it was still awkward and strange. The extremely uncomfortable nature of these experiences convinced me that this kind of intimacy should be reserved for long-term relationships only,” she wrote.

Despite feeling as though she was too young to be having sex, Lowry doesn’t regret “losing [her] virginity” the way she did.

“Although I wish I had reserved my first time for someone very special, I refuse to regret something I can’t change now,” she wrote.

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