- The survey found couples typically get intimate just 46 times a year
Britons have sex less than once a week on average – but one in three would dump their lover if they were a let-down in bed, a survey has found.
Couples typically get intimate just 46 times a year – once every eight days – and most are so coy that they talk about their love life even less.
In a survey of 2,000 adults, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) found couples talk about sex an average of 41 times a year and relationships 37 times.
Men were more comfortable talking about sex with their partner (42 per cent) while women were more comfortable talking about sex with their friends (40 per cent) than with their other half (35 per cent).
About one in five (22 per cent) do not feel comfortable discussing it with anyone, rising to two in five (41 per cent) among over-65s.
One in three (30 per cent) said they would break up with someone if they failed to impress between the sheets.
RCOT said this is a concern as almost half of adults (47 per cent) have seen their sex life hampered by illness, injury or disability at some point, the study found.
And two in five (41 per cent) say health problems have affected their relationship.
Experts say that with around half (48 per cent) of adults affected by long-standing medical problems, more support is needed to help Britons maintain stable relationships.
Meanwhile the top three causes of problems in a relationship are poor communication (26 per cent), stress (22 per cent) and financial pressures (19 per cent), the survey found.
RCOT’s Lauren Walker said: ‘Ahead of Valentine’s Day, the best place to start is by having a conversation with your partner about your relationship and your sex life.
‘It can be difficult and uncomfortable, so make sure you’re in a relaxed environment.’