Home > Sex > Sex tips 31 May 2013 What's your number? Do you tell the truth when asked how many sexual partners you've had? Many people don't. 0 Shutterstock Check Are you a sex addict? » Ask Sexologist » Join Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for sex? » SEE: What happens to your body during sex? How porn addiction can affect your sex life In any relationship the topic is sure to come up at some time: how many were there before me? A recent study shows that many people will skew the numbers: Why people lie about sex. One of the most compelling reasons why we don't want to tell the truth about this relates to social norms about what's acceptable. In Western society, men are supposedly admired for having multiple sexual partners, and tend to lie if they think the number isn't high enough. Women, on the other hand, will trim the number down, as they are supposed to be a little more circumspect about leaping into bed.In truth, these decisions are very much personal ones, depending on upbringing, religious beliefs, opportunity and a host of other factors. Ultimately it doesn't matter who slept with who previously, as long as both partners have the same expectations and intentions in this encounter. And of course, it's important to remember to use a condom, get tested for STIs and stay safe, because whatever the number, there's a chance you could have picked up something nasty from a previous partner.Do you have an expectation when it comes to the number of previous partners your new bedmate should have had? Is it different for men and women? Write to us and you could be published on Health24.Picture: group of people from Shutterstock Health24 More in Sex SEE: What happens to your body during sex? More: SexSex tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.