06/12/2010 10:20 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

One In Four Rarely Uses Contraception With A New Partner

One in four people forget about contraception A quarter of people have unprotected sex with new partners. Photo: Flickr, MM S

That first flush of romance can make even the most level-headed among us lose our heads when things get steamy.

At least that's the finding of a survey by the Co-operative Pharmacy, which quizzed 3,000 people about their sexual habits. The survey discovered almost a quarter of people never or only sometimes use contraception when they sleep with a new partner.

It seems all that excitement makes people forget about protecting themselves against sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies, as the main reason cited for not using contraception was getting carried away in the moment. And a surprisingly frank one in 10 even admitted they just couldn't be bothered about using contraception.

It looks like relationships are going out of fashion for some people too, with 11 admitted they mostly had quick flings, while 2 said they'd waited until they were 16 to have sex (though that implies an awful lot don't).

Do you think getting carried away in the moment is a poor excuse for not being responsible about sex?

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