12/13/2011 09:06 EST

Canadian Sex Lives: Canadians Having Less Sex


Save sex for Saturday.

At least that's what a new study is saying. Canadians prefer to have sex on the weekends and on Saturdays in particular, according to an international survey released by Eli Lilly Canada this week.

Canadians between the ages of 46 and 60 have sex an average of 1.35 times per week, compared to the global average of 1.41 times per week. Canadians also don't enjoy spontaneous sex compared to other countries, according to the survey.

"This research reveals important information about the sexual behaviour of Canadians. When you compare our results to other nations, it's clear that Canadians aren't necessarily experiencing the most active or vibrant sex lives," said Dr. Gerald Brock, Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology from the University of Western Ontario, in a press release. "While work and family pressures are likely to be a factor in this equation, medical problems such as erectile dysfunction may also be playing a role."

In fact, erectile dysfunction affects approximately 40 per cent of men over 40, according to the survey.

These results may be a surprise to some, especially since in 2006, Canadians were seen as having the best sex lives, according to a study in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. In Canada, the United States and Australia, 80 per cent of men were reportedly the most sexually active -- defined in that study as having sex sex at least once in the year prior.

But it seems that when it comes to planning our intimate experiences, Canadians are slightly more prepared than other countries: 13 per cent of us plan sex an hour in advance, compared to the eight per cent who do so globally.

However, it is possible that scheduling sex in advance can lead to even less of it. Huffington Post women's associate editor Jessica Pearce Rotondi says a new list -- "The Sex in 7 Days Regimen" -- could be another thing for women to fret over. This list has a week-long cycle, including exercises and diets to follow before having sex. Some say planning ahead can be healthy for relationships while others say ridiculous lists like this may lead them to never have sex again.

The survey gathered responses from over 13,000 adults aged over 34 in 13 different countries, including more than 1,000 adults from Canada.

Sometimes it could be the surroundings. Here are seven ways to keep the heat up in the bedroom.

7 Ways To Spice Up Your Sex Life