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- Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 2:00PM
The most nerve-wracking sexual position has been revealed.
Known as "69 standing up", it involves picking up your partner, or being picked up, while performing oral sex.
For 56.8 per cent of women and 42.7 per cent of men, the very idea of taking part in this fills them with fear. Women may be more anxious than men as, in heterosexual relationships, the position will likely involve them being picked up, which runs the risk of them being dropped.
The least dreaded positions include missionary, cowgirl and doggy style.
Experts recommend couples boost their desire for one another by occasionally trying out new moves between the sheets, no matter how tame or adventurous these may be.
Nearly 10% of couples are not adventurous at all
The second most dreaded sexual position is anal, which 54.5 per cent of women and 30.5 per cent of men would be nervous to try, followed by the "kneeling wheelbarrow", which is anxiety-ridden for 24.8 per cent of women and 18.6 per cent of men.
Results also reveal European men are more anxious about masturbation, oral sex and 'dirty' intercourse than those from the US.
In total, nine per cent of couples do not consider themselves to be sexually adventurous at all.
Superdrug conducted the research by asking 1,000 people in relationships from Europe and the US which sexual positions make them feel the most anxious.
"Mixing up your routine keeps things lively and fresh"
Sex and relationships expert Annabelle Knight told Netdoctor: "Mixing up your routine is a sure-fire way to keep things lively and fresh.
"You don't need to be swinging from the chandelier every single session, however, trying something new every now and then has been proven to increase your overall desire and, in turn, boost your libido.
"The next step you should take is to write down three scenarios or positions you'd like to try and then compare notes. The idea is you exchange lists and each chooses a new position to try.
"Most couples find that they've written down at least one similar thing."
This article was first published on Daily Mail and is republished here with permission.