Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
Believe it or not it’s not just lust and physical attraction we crave, Aussie lovers are searching for advice when it comes to the emotional aspects of sex, a survey has revealed.

The Durex Sexual Wellbeing Global Survey reveals that greater knowledge about sex brings with it an increased sexual wellbeing, and what Australians feel they have missed out the most in their formal sex education is learning about the emotional aspects of sex.

The call for a greater focus on the emotional side of sex, which may include love, respect and the shared enjoyment of giving pleasure to one’s partner comes from men (63%) as well as women (67%) and across all age groups, particularly the older generations - with only 19% being taught about these at school.

Some 59% of those aged 16-24 say they would like to have received more information on the subject, as do 66% of the 35-44 year olds.

While the results show that more than half (51%) of Australians who had formal sex education say they are satisfied with their overall sexual wellbeing, two thirds or 66% of Australians wish their sex education had been more emotionally inclusive – the highest percentage than any other nationality in the world.

The results also show that out of Australians who hadn’t received the same level of sex teaching only 40% of them were satisfied with their sexual wellbeing.

While the Australians who had sex education are more satisfied than the British or the French (both 47%), we are less so than the global average (59%) and nationalities such as the Malaysians (73%), Americans or our Trans-Tasman rivals in New Zealand (both 54%).

At the same time it is not only the emotional aspects that seem to be lacking in some sex education. There are also other gaps that are preventing adults from getting the most from their sex lives.

Around half (52%) of all those who had sex education at school say they didn’t learn about sexually transmitted infections and 48% weren’t told about contraception.

Despite the demand for wider knowledge, school sex education is seen as a major source of information for 55% of those who received it – a higher proportion than any other source. However, almost as many (52%) give the credit to friends, 41% to books and 40% to their partners for teaching them what they know.

Love, dating and relationship expert Samantha Brett commented: “The findings of this survey highlight the importance of young people and adults receiving a well-rounded education in sexual wellbeing that takes in both the emotional and physical elements of love-making.

“The results are particularly pertinent, showing as they do that those who have received their sex education in recent years feel very similar to the generation before them and the bottom line is that the more you know and understand, the greater your confidence, ability and likelihood to enjoy your sex life to the full.”

‘Knowledge and Education’ is the fourth in a series of reports generated by the Durex Sexual Wellbeing Global Survey. Previous reports have focused on ‘Satisfaction’, ‘In the Bedroom’ and ‘The Big O’ – which can all be found on www.durex.com.au

Sam White, Marketing Manager of Durex Australia, added: “Our earlier research found that having a fulfilling sex life contributes to a person’s overall sense of wellbeing and general health.

“These latest results bring that back to the education they receive – from whichever source it might come – and the key part this plays in helping them to achieve the knowledge they need to be able to have a fulfilling sex life.”

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Aussie lovers are searching for advice when it comes to the emotional aspects of sex



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