It's not what you think.
While sex can be very enjoyable, it does come with its own set of worries, especially if it's with a new partner you've just started dating. Will they still be attracted to me once they see me completely naked? Is it safe to be intimate with them or will they agree on wearing a condom?
But women aren't the only ones who have fears and worries when it comes to sex. Men have them, too.
The U.K. site SuperdrugOnlinedoctor wants to help people with certain sex worries they might have; in fact, their website says they "take the hassle out of visiting your doctor for common issues or embarrassing moments."
Some of the services and treatments they offer include erectile dysfunction treatments, contraceptive pills, Chlamydia treatments, the morning after pill, STI treatments and test kits, and hair loss treatments, so it's not surprising that they would conduct studies about the issues that concern their customers the most.
They recently conducted a study where they surveyed 2,000 participants and asked them questions that related to their sexual fears. 1,212 participants were identified as male and 916 participants identified as female. The participants were from the United States (1,009) and Europe (1,072).
The participants were asked to rank each specific sex-related fear on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most serious concern. The number #1 biggest sex fear for men was having intercourse with a partner who has a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI).
The male and female participants had some fears overlap and others that didn't. For example, the second largest sex fear for men is that their partner won't have an orgasm/won't be satisfied and that fear is way down the chart at number 8 for women. Women's number one fear (that her partner won't want to wear a condom) doesn't even make the top ten for men.
Both European men and American men match up on number 4 (premature ejaculation) and number 5 (that their partner will find their naked body unattractive).
Overwhelmingly, the fear about a partner having an STI and possibly getting one from them both rank high.