Men 'are more likely to talk about sex'

Men are more likely to talk about taboo subjects than their female counterparts.

This is according to new research from Santander Insurance, which suggested males find it easier to discuss matters such as sex and condoms.

It was demonstrated that despite books such as 50 Shades of Grey placing such matters firmly in the public consciousness, people still do not feel comfortable opening up about bedroom-related issues.

The study revealed 56 per cent of respondents find sex the hardest topic to talk about with friends and partners, with death and money coming in second and third place - with 29 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.

And for each of the top three taboo subjects, it was shown that women are markedly less confident than men with regard to broaching them.

Steve Burton of Santander Insurance said: "Despite there being numerous ways to communicate these days, people still find it tricky to talk about the taboo subjects of sex, death and money."