Let’s Talk About Love
A brief illustrated guide to sex, health, and romance on Valentine’s Day.
Bet you didn’t know
- Shakespeare’s Juliet still receives around 1,000 letters every Valentine’s Day.
- Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine’s Day as women.
- Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day to get engaged after Christmas.
- More than 9 million pet owners will buy gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day.
- Teachers receive the most Valentine’s cards, followed by kids, mothers, and wives.
By the numbers
- 198,000,000 The average number of roses produced for Valentine’s Day
- £45.10 What the average British consumer spends on Valentine’s Day
- 8% Consumers who celebrate Valentine’s Day
- 11,000 The average number of children conceived on Valentine’s Day
- 53% Women who would end their relationship if they didn’t get something for Valentine’s Day
Getting down and dirty
- During the winter months, there are more Internet searches for:
- Online dating
- These results coincide with other search trends for:
- Birth control
- Condom sales
- Online dating websites are busiest between Christmas Day and Valentine’s Day.
- Condom sales are 20–30% higher around Valentine’s Day.
- More at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than in any other month.
- In the last decade, rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have reached a record-high.
- Valentine’s Day is a time to look after your sexual health, so be wise about sex with Sexwise.
Pressure to perform
- Sales of erectile dysfunction medication peak after Valentine’s Day.
- 1 in 10 men in the world are thought to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
- Over 20 million men have used, or are currently using, Viagra or other medications to treat ED.
- Causes of ED are:
- 80% physical
- 20% psychological
Only 33% of men with erectile dysfunction seek help and treatment.