As the Tele revealed earlier today, Dundee University students boast an average of 6.74 sexual partners each the second highest in Scotland.
We spoke to one student who admitted sleeping with over 60 people during her time at the uni.
The student, who wanted to remain anonymous to respect the privacy of her sexual partners, said: “I think my number seems high because a lot of people are not open about their sex lives.
“I believe more people would be in a similar position to me if they could follow their heart and do what they want, rather than stop themselves for fear of being judged.”
Although the 22-year-old met most of these partners in pubs, clubs or Dundee University’s student union, she wanted to clarify that alcohol was not necessarily a factor.
She explained that while her one-night-stands weren’t always intentional, they would generally result from a pleasant social encounter developing into a sexual one.
“Most of my sexual experiences were not on my list of things to do that day,” she said. “It just happened naturally.
“They were people I found interesting, whom I had spent hours chatting to and having a laugh with.”
She also stressed she was careful to let friends know she was leaving to hook up, rather than disappearing with a stranger during a night out.
Only one situation made her feel genuinely unsafe, where a man she had met suddenly became very quiet after they left the club and then abandoned her in his house. She immediately called a taxi home.
“After that, I admit I did feel shame,” she said. “I thought: ‘How could I have been so stupid to assume he was nice?’ But the truth is no-one blames you or suggests you feel shame after you are mistreated by someone in a similar non-sexual situation.”
As part of staying in control, she explained if she felt uncomfortable for any reason while talking to a potential sexual partner she wouldn’t go home with them or take them to her flat.
She said: “If I felt any of my partners were disrespecting me, or wanted anything more or less than I did, I simply left it at the end of our conversation in the pub.”
In many ways, the stigma attached to being a young woman who enjoyed casual sex was more difficult to deal with.
“Often when I share my sexual experiences with my friends, they make it out like that period of my life was a ‘wild phase’ and laugh it off,” she said.
“A lot of people still see sex as a taboo subject, which somehow is not equal to other types of life experiences in terms of worth.”
The student, who has never had a sexually transmitted infection, says that while her number of sexual partners might be high, she has no regrets.
“The number of people you have sex with is irrelevant,” she explained. “What matters is always doing what you feel is right.
“My number may be high compared to the average, but that’s okay.”