Let’s type about sex

When it comes to sex, the internet gets a bad rap. While we all know that the world wide web can help you to find the perfect outfit, keep in touch with your mates and discover what celebrities are doing/wearing/eating/thinking at any given moment, it’s not exactly renowned for positive representations of sex or providing reliable advice regarding sex.

However, following on from their highly successful ‘Sex Degrees of Separation’ campaign, LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor recently commissioned a survey that revealed an interesting insight into the preferences of Irish men and women when it comes to sex advice.

Of those surveyed, 68% of respondents under the age of 24 admitted they’d actually prefer to consult a website for contraceptive advice rather than speak to their GP face-to-face. While this could simply be a reflection of the tech-savvy younger generation, over a quarter of all the respondents expressed the same preference, showing age isn’t necessarily a deciding factor. Three in ten of the people surveyed stated that they consider carrying out their own research online to be the best way to obtain contraceptive advice.

 

A taboo subject

The survey also explored the attitudes of parents and how they feel about having a conversation about contraception with their children.

When asked, 12% of parents said they are ‘currently undecided’ about broaching this subject with their kids, with 4% of mums and dads admitting they would avoid the discussion altogether. The findings from the survey also revealed that 22% of respondents under the age of 18 said talking to a close friend is the best way to get contraception advice.

This could suggest that the apparent reticence some parents feel in approaching this ‘taboo’ subject with their children might be leaving our younger generation with no choice but to seek help and guidance elsewhere. Equipped with access to the internet from devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, it’s no surprise that young people are turning to the web to get clued up about their sexual health.

So, while contraceptive advice is readily available from a number of sources, including sexual health clinics and GPs, using reputable websites is also an option. LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor provides access to safe and trusted information and advice when it comes to sex, contraception and a range of other health-related topics.

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