Should You Tell Her You’ve Never Had a Girlfriend?


If you're starting to see someone you like, your dating history (or lack thereof) may cause you to start to worry. Knowing whether or not you should tell her can certainly be stressful. Here's the truth:

You should tell her you've never had a girlfriend before

The potential downside of lying is greater than the supposed benefits of her believing a fake dating history. There is nothing wrong with having no dating history. While you don't have to bring it up right away, honesty is the best route forward.

We'll dig deeper into why you should tell her, whether to include you're a virgin (if you are), and more on what to be honest about.

Mentioning that You've Never Had a Girlfriend

Suppose you've built up an image with her that you're some cool, experienced guy. It's understandable that you would want to uphold that.

However, it's likely at some point she'll find out the truth about you anyway (and that's a good thing).

There's nothing wrong with playing it cool, but there's a line in the sand for when you're being dishonest.

It's unlikely the girl you're after will stop liking you after telling her you dated before.

Here are the main reasons why you should tell her:

  • It builds trust. Although she may understand why you would lie about it, it's not a good way to start a potential relationship.
  • The upside of lying is minimal. Her believing you've dated other women isn't going to change much.
  • Lying could blow up in your face. Keeping track of a lie is difficult. What if she asks a detail about your history that you weren't prepared for?
  • She will likely find out the truth at some point. You may not make it obvious that you've never dated anyone. But odds are, with enough time, she'll end up clueing in.

Qualities like having integrity, knowing yourself well, and being comfortable with yourself are attractive to women. These aren't talked about nearly enough, but they're important traits that can outweigh many personal "downsides."


Women like it when a man puts himself out there and owns who he is (despite social pressures or expectations). Confidence can overcome many of these "shortcomings."

If she believes it's not an issue for you, then I doubt it will be an issue for her.

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When or how should you tell her you've never dated?

When or how you tell her you've never dated is mainly up to you.

While you want to be confident with telling them, it doesn't mean you should advertise it on your dating profile or anything. It's not something they need or should necessarily know right away. So, don't feel guilty about not disclosing it from the start.

It will likely be brought up naturally at some point, though. Typically the topic of ex's will come up, which is as good a time as any to let her know. If she instead asks you very early on, you should still tell her.

If you're struggling to own up to it and be completely open, at least just say how you:

"just never met anyone you liked enough/really connected with."

It's not ideal, as dishonesty can backfire, but it's better than making up some fake story about past relationships.

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Should You Tell Her You’re a Virgin?

It's generally best to avoid being upfront about it.

It shouldn't be a huge deal, but it's still ideal to not go out and advertise that fact.

When/if the topic comes up, you should be truthful and straightforward though. She may be able to tell otherwise when you hookup- so lying could backfire.

However, depending on your age, there's a reasonable chance she's a virgin too. According to National Health Statistics, nearly 30% of women 15 - 24 haven't had sex (PDF link).

Even if she isn't (and you're around that age bracket) there's a strong chance she's only done it once or twice.

The difference between never having had sex versus doing it a few times isn't that big.

You may think she's had all the experience, but she's virtually as new to it as you.

If your age and situation are relevant, check out the Easy Guide to Losing Your Virginity in Your 20s.

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Should You Always Be Honest With Your Dating History?

Being honest in your relationships is easier and better for the health of it (whether it's about your dating history or not). Not doing so almost always guarantees you'll be worse off in the long run, regardless of your situation.

Any fabricated bits of information you've told her could blow up in your face as time passes. It's challenging to keep track of, and any slip ups are clues for her to find out.

Being straightforward with who you are from the beginning means no question can throw you off. Nothing she says will have to be analyzed to fit your "story." This will end up being better for both of you.

You want to be comfortable in your own skin, even if you may worry about what she'll think.

This is worthwhile for just about everything (outside of dating too). It's an essential part of life and personal growth. Sam Harris's book called Lying has an interesting deeper look into the psychology behind it.

Dating Dilemma Decisions

It's understandable to be unsure about telling her you've never dated before. However, it won't likely matter at all in the long run.

It's best to own who you are, "flaws" and all. Who cares if you're a late bloomer- we're all on different paths. Just make sure the path you're on is open and honest with any women who come along.

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