A new survey carried out by Lloyds Pharmacy Online Doctor reveals that three in five British men often tell their partners that they are too tired for sex.
The survey, which involved nearly 2,000 people, also found that nearly half of the men said that they were "not in the mood" for sex while 20 percent used the excuse of headache which is usually associated with women. Some of the other reasons given by men to avoid sex included pets watching, busy watching TV or playing videogames.
Just over 7 percent of the men admitted that they were no longer able to get or maintain an erection, underlining the possibility that erectile dysfunction could be the real reason for the excuses.
The survey, which was carried out as part of the first TV adverts in Britain that promote erectile dysfunction service, also found that just over 16 percent of the women who took part in the survey had any indication that the inability to maintain an erection could be a problem.
"Erectile dysfunction can affect any man at any stage in his life but it doesn't have to mean the end of intimacy. Despite remaining a taboo among men, it's more common than people realise, and can be brought on by many different circumstances. Erectile dysfunction can be symptomatic of a more serious undiagnosed underlying health problem, such as diabetes or heart disease, so it's worth getting it checked out", Lloydspharmacy Online Doctor Tom Brett said.