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Major report answers how often people have sex – and what stops them

A major new report has uncovered the sexual health of the nation, with a study involving 5,000 people.

The report is part of Time to Raise It – a new movement backed by the Men’s Health Forum, Brook and relationship expert Sarah Louise Ryan to remove the shame and stigma associated with erection problems.

The 5,000 person study looks into attitudes towards intimacy and erection problems amongst men and women in the UK.

It found almost half of Brits (46%) are craving greater intimacy in their relationship – Gen Z are craving it the most.

26% of Brits said that erection problems have prevented them from being intimate with a partner and a quarter of men experiencing EP are under the age of 35 and in their so-called ‘sexual prime’.

64% said having sex more regularly makes them feel ‘loved’, 54% said it made them feel more stable and 50% said it resulted in better communication.

A Couples Connectivity Map features the top passion points in the UK where Brits are having sex the most and least with London topping the list and those in Wales, the East Midlands and the South East craving intimacy the least.

The study has been created to normalise EP and encourage people to start talking about intimacy.

Martin Tod of Men’s Health Forum said: “An estimated 5 million men in the UK experience erection problems (EPs) and it is not just affecting older men, but those in their 20s-30s.

“Despite this, there’s little research in the public domain about the current incidence levels of EPs.

“This report, one of the largest of its kind on intimacy, seeks to change that, bringing to light the reality of EPs and encouraging men and their partners to take the first steps towards finding a solution together.

“On the surface the realityof EPs for many men is bleak. Not only can EPs be a sign of underlying conditions which if left unchecked can cause further problems such as heart disease and diabetes, but the sense of failure and perceived loss of masculinity that many men feel as a result of EPs can also cause them to retreat from themselves, their partners and life.”



Brits are sexually active around six times a month, that’s 73 times a year. Millennials (25 – 34-year olds) who have grown up with fairly liberal attitudes around sex are having it the most – averaging around 131 times a year, while Gen Z (18 – 24-year olds), are intimate on average 91 times a year.

Busy lifestyles lead the way (28%) as the top barrier getting in the way of our love lives followed by mental health issues such as stress and depression (24%).

Over a quarter of Brits (26%) said EPs have prevented them from being intimate with a partner.

And despite popular opinion, younger British men aren’t exempt – a quarter (25%) are under the age of 35 and in their so-called ‘sexual prime’.

To find out more on how you can get involved, visit the Time to Raise It Facebook page.

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