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What is mostly known and accepted as the most current understanding about sexual orientation, states that the very core roots of adult sexual orientation develop between middle childhood and early adolescence; that it is based on multiple factors we still do not totally know or understand, which shape how we experience this attraction at the emotional-romantic, psychological and sexual levels. it's believed that these orientations could develop with or without any previous sexual experience. Each person is unique, thus different people have different experiences behind their sexual orientation development. Experiences related to family, social circles, culture, first sexual experience whether they happen to be consistent with future sexual orientation and more, do play a role next to genetics and hormonal factors, but there is no clear understanding on how much each of these factors impact in such process, specially due to how fears, prejudices, stereotypes, discrimination and other sources of stress impact on the shaping of sexual orientation. Reality is that most times we do not choose our sexual orientation, but find ourselves feeling and experiencing it in particular and very personal ways.