A new poll has revealed that many British people are still too embarrassed to talk about issues relating to sexual health.
The survey, which was conducted by the Departments of Health and Children, Schools and Families, found that 26 per cent of 16 to 50-year-olds never talk about contraception.
Almost one-third of respondents said that they never discuss any sexual health issues with their partner, meaning that the important topic of sexually transmitted infections has never been broached.
Sixty-two per cent of people only talk about sex and relationships if they can turn the subject into a joke and 27 per cent admitted that they are too embarrassed to ask what they really want.
Dr Pam Spurr, a sex and relationships expert, claimed that Britons have overcome a "long-held aversion" to talking about sex.
However, she noted: "We've still got some way to go before we swap jokes and banter for the open, honest and informed conversations about sexual health and relationships that most of us would like."
The Family Planning Association recently launched a new book designed to help parents communicate with their children about sex and relationships.
The book advises parents on how to give their offspring guidance about puberty and sexual health.