More than one in 10 British people don't realise that a woman
can still get pregnant if she has sex standing up, according to a
Nearly one in five – 19% - are also unaware that a
woman can get pregnant during her period, or if the man withdraws
before ejaculation, according to the government-commissioned
While 11% believe that sex standing up is an effective
contraceptive method, more than a third – 37% - never talk
about contraception with their partners at all.
Lack of knowledge
"In spite of our love of talking about sex and relationships,
the survey suggests it's our lack of knowledge that is causing
confusion," commented sex and relationship expert Dr Pam Spurr.
Other findings from the poll of 2,000 people aged 16-50 include that 31% never discuss sexual health with partners, while 17% don't know that infections like herpes and genital warts
are resistant to antibiotics.
More than a quarter – 27% - admit to being too
embarrassed to ask the questions they would really like, while 47% never discuss their sex lives with their friends.
No serious sex discussions
Even when they do talk about sex, 62% turn the discussion
into a joke, said the survey, commissioned by the Department of
Health and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
"I'm encouraged to see that we've overcome a long-held aversion
to talking about sex," said Spurr.
"But we've still got some way to go before we swap jokes and
banter for the open, honest and informed conversations about sexual
health and relationships that most of us would like." – (Sapa/AFP, November 2009)