Brits are happy to discuss sex with colleagues or parents as they ditch prudish image, study finds 0 112

BRITS are ditching their “prudish and stuffy” mentality and are happier to discuss sexual wellness with their work colleagues – and even their parents.

Research of 2,000 adults found more than a quarter enjoy talking freely about intimate things and think the days of keeping them a secret are over.

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More than half also believe it’s important to openly discuss sex, with 41 per cent becoming more open to talking about the topic in the last decade.

And six in 10 reckon more discussion on sexual wellness can only be a good thing.

It also emerged more than half of adults feel that more open conversation about sex could give people the confidence to tackle sexual wellness issues, reduce taboos around sexually transmitted infections and help improve safer sexual practice.

The study was commissioned by industry body Love Fresh Berries to mark the launch of ‘Luberry’ – a free limited-edition lubricant that raises awareness of the connection between blueberries and sexual wellness.

It also found men are almost three times more likely to have tried certain foods to improve their sexual wellness than women.

Yet, the overall proportion of adults trying foods to improve it remains low at just 12 per cent, with only one in six aware that blueberries can have a positive effect. 

Nutritionist Dr Emma Derbyshire, advisor to Love Fresh Berries, said: “Blueberries are a convenient, refreshing snack that are easy for couples to nibble on throughout the day –  and there is some evidence that they could aid dopamine release in the brain, which may boost libido.

“What’s more, blueberries contain resveratrol – a naturally occurring antioxidant that could have potential therapeutic effects for men with unexplained fertility, with ongoing research needed.”

The survey also found a quarter of adults talk about sexual wellness at least once a week, with men (32 per cent) almost twice as likely to discuss the topic than women (18 per cent) within this period.

But 43 per cent of Brits are happy to explore the topic with friends – and one in six will even speak about it with colleagues.

Another 55 per cent feel liberated by being able to talk freely about what goes on in the bedroom, with the same number believing it’s important to discuss it openly.

Of those, 44 per cent believe talking freely about the topic will create a more open and positive society, with 49 per cent of women feeling this way compared to 37 per cent of men.

However, it’s not until you reach the age of 33 that you become confident talking all things sex, according to the OnePoll data.

Behavioural Psychologist Jo Hemmings, who is supporting the Love Fresh Berries campaign by industry body British Summer Fruits, said: “It’s encouraging to see research that shines a light on Brits’ shifting attitudes toward these topics – and the creation of ‘Luberry’ is a fun way to get Brits thinking about the relationship between food and their sexual wellness.

“Further research is needed, but blueberries contain antioxidants which may help to reduce oxidative stress – thought to be a risk factor for male infertility.

“While their high concentration of flavonoids may benefit anxiety and quality of life for mothers in the postnatal period as well as helping reduce the risk of erectile disfunction in men.

“By normalising the discussion around sex we can help lift the taboo on important sexual wellness issues that many suffer with in silence when they shouldn’t have to.”

Chief Executive of The British Urology Foundation, Rebecca Porta, added: “It is really encouraging to see a study into sexual wellness and findings that show a general openness towards discussing such an important topic.

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“So many factors can impact sexual wellness, from physical and mental health to emotional issues.

“Good communication, setting aside time to spend with your partner, adopting a healthy lifestyle and making a few changes can all help.

“Remember to talk to your GP if you have concerns or worries about your sexual health”.

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My bitter ex told lies to my friends about my ‘small manhood’ after I dumped her 0 47

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger.

She never complained when we were together, but last week she told the girls in our group that being with me was “like kissing a soggy lettuce leaf” and that she “literally didn’t feel a thing when we were having sex” because I’m so small.

My ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger

I’m 25 and she’s 24. I think part of it is jealousy.

She knows a couple of the other girls fancy me and I think she’s trying to sabotage any chance I have with them.

Not that I’m even planning anything.

She’s so insecure and has a vicious tongue on her.

I’m tempted to let each of her so-called friends know what she really says about them in private.

Even her best friend gets a nasty critique every time she posts anything on Instagram.

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Her top is either too short, or her hair looks like wire, or her laugh is fake . . . it goes on and on.

I don’t regret splitting up with her but this last trick has really infuriated me.

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You could maybe reply with: “Let’s just say she never complained when we were together and nor have any of my other exes.”

Your friends will soon see her behaviour for what it is – jealous insecurity.

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DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner said he was on a work trip two months ago, but he had actually got married and been on honeymoon.

Our relationship had become a bit predictable, but we still had regular sex and nice days out with our two young sons.

My partner lied about his work trip – he was really on his HONEYMOON

I’m 32 and he’s 37. Our sons are four and two.

When he returned from his “work trip” he blamed me for his cheating, saying I had let myself go and didn’t pay him enough attention.

He then told me he’d “traded up” for a better model. It didn’t stop there.

He said that his wife, who is 27, is absolutely stunning and makes him feel special.

Apparently this woman was a barmaid he’d met on a golf trip and they had been seeing each other for six months.

He told me all this, then marched upstairs and packed his games console and his clothes and drove off out of my life.

The thing is, we always talked about getting married but when we had kids there always seemed something better to spend our money on.

Mutual friends have told me he has moved into a new-build home on the other side of our small town and his wife has plenty of family money.

My sons are really missing him and I don’t even know how I feel.

Sometimes when he comes to visit the boys I beg him to come home.

But other times I’m so angry with him, I refuse to let him in.

Now he is accusing me of stopping him from seeing his children.

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Surely he can’t just show up when he likes?

I’m a mess and need to start getting a grip for the kids’ sake.

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This man sounds selfish and immature, and quite frankly the way he has treated you is emotionally abusive.

It won’t feel like it now, but you really are better off without him.

He is behaving like he still lives in your home, by just turning up unannounced.

Tell him firmly that you would encourage a good relationship between him and your sons but he can only collect them with prior arrangement.

Start to put down your boundaries.

I’m sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out, which you could pass to him to help explain why you need to co-operate for the future wellbeing of your children.

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