A third of Aussie couples love this X-rated activity

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A steamy survey has lifted the lid on Aussies' sex lives. Photo: Getty Images.

A steamy survey of Aussies' X-rated habits has revealed the top three most popular bedroom activities for couples.

The research, which was conducted to mark the release of season 3 of Netflix's raunchy dramedy Sex Education, lifts the lid on what goes on between the sheets Down Under.

The eye-opening survey saw people spill secrets about their sex lives such as what turns them on, their go-to fantasies and just how good they think they are at doing the deed.

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A third of Aussies in relationships (33 percent) get a kick out of using sex toys under the covers while 31 percent enjoy watching porn together to set the mood. For 27 percent of couples, it's a bit of role-play that gets things going.

The popularity of both role-play and partners watching porn together was a surprise for Aussie sexologist Aleeya Hachem, who tells Yahoo Lifestyle that it's a sign that these activities are becoming more normalised just as the use of sex toys has in recent years.

"What it goes to show is that people are willing to experiment and try new things within their relationship," she says.

While 30 percent of women surveyed said they were partial to dressing up, 13 percent of male respondents said they'd prefer to get involved in a little ménage à trois.

As for their ideal third member of that threesome, the survey also revealed a strong preference for someone closer to home. Two-thirds of Aussies (59 percent) admitted to having sexual fantasies about their friends or work colleagues as opposed to celebrity crushes (27 percent) or an influencer (21 percent).

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Two-thirds of Aussies admitted to having sexual fantasies about their friends or work colleagues. Photo: Getty Images.

But, as Aleeya explains, just because someone fantasises about something doesn't necessarily mean they're going to act on it nor does it indicate a subconscious sexual orientation.

"I do a lot of work with my patients around shame associated with sexual fantasies, particularly women in heterosexual relationships who fantasise about other women and I'm like, 'No, no, no. Just because you fantasise about women doesn't mean it makes you a bisexual or anything like that because it's a fantasy'."

And there's no need to feel 'guilty' about having sexual fantasies involving people outside your relationship, and you shouldn't feel like you have to tell your partner if you don't want to.

"Your mind is a safe space to explore those fantasies and you don't have to share it with your partner, I think that's really important to know as well," Aleeya says.

We're also a humble bunch when it comes to gauging our sexual prowess. Just one in 10 Aussies rated themselves as a 'great' lover while nearly a third (32 percent) rated themselves as 'good'.

Millennials have proven themselves the boldest generation with 59 percent of respondents aged 23 to 38 years claiming they're either 'great' or 'good' lovers.

When comparing the sexes, more Aussie women (16 percent) than men (11 percent) rated their bedroom efforts as either 'great' or 'good'.

"I think that shows that we're, we're very progressive and love it, but more confident in knowing what we want, and asking for it and then experiencing pleasure with that partner

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