Britain's biggest sex faux pas: Are you a misdirected thruster?

More than half of Britons claim their relationships have been put ‘under strain’ by bedroom mismanagement

Are you a misdirected thruster? Have you tried to talk dirty and got it horribly wrong? Fallen off the bed while in a compromising position or, worse, come out of the whole ordeal with… carpet burns?

You are not alone. New research has identified the top 10 mistakes that Britons make between the sheets, and with 51 per cent of people saying they’d experienced it during sex, "misdirected thrusting" came out on top.

But that’s not all that is turning Britons off; the second most common faux pas was the age-old cliché of calling out the wrong name of people in bed, experienced by 42 per cent of people, while falling off the bed came in at number three – happening to a worrying 39 per cent of people.

The research, conducted by an online UK pharmacy called UKMedix.com, which specialises in sexual health, found that more than half of the respondents’ relationships had been put "under strain" when they had experienced the various mistakes.

Little wonder, when the fourth biggest faux pas was getting dirty talk wrong, or simply saying the wrong thing, which 33 per cent of people said they had experienced, closely followed by the awkward situation of getting "caught in the act", something 31 per cent of people identified with.

 

A surprising 29 per cent of the 2,379 respondents had managed to sustain injuries during sex, ranging from getting cramp to carpet burn – and anything in-between, though a quarter of people admitted to breaking the bed or other "items".

An unfortunate 21 per cent of people said they had experienced their partner (or themselves) falling asleep during sex, which would go part-way to explaining why nearly half the respondents said the bedroom fails caused "arguments".

And last but not least, the final two bedroom faux pas in the top 10 are possibly the most elaborate: 11 per cent of people admitted to getting stuck in restraints or outfits, while nine per cent of people quietly owned up to "losing items in inappropriate places".

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