Irish women tend to be more open about discussing sex with their partner, compared to Irish men, research has found.
According to the findings, 57% of women in the 25 - 44 age group are open about discussing their sexual relationship with their partner, compared to just 37% of men in the same age group.
Furthermore the older a person gets, the less likely they are to discuss sex with their partner.
The research shows that the majority of people having sex believe it is an important part of their lives, with 42% rating it as important because of the closeness it brings to a relationship.
"This research confirms that sexual activity is an important part of life and relationships and the absence of this due to a medical condition, such as erectile dysfunction, can cause upset and tension", said Dr Stephen Murphy, chairman of the Sexual Dysfunction Information Bureau, which released the findings.
He added that in most cases, erectile dysfunction can be resolved with treatment and the issue should be discussed with a doctor.
The research found that overall, just 39% of Irish adults discuss their sexual relationship with their partner. However those who do discuss sex with their partners tend to be more satisfied with their sex life.
The Sexual Dysfunction Information Bureau (SDIB) is made up of a group of Irish health professionals representing general practice, urology and psychotherapy.
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