The British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL) is one of the largest and most comprehensive sexual attitude and lifestyle surveys in the world. The survey takes place approximately every ten years and gives important insights into the sexual health of the British adult population. Very few people now deny that humans are sexual beings from birth and that a healthy sexuality is part of an overall healthy upbringing and lifestyle. With this in mind, studies such as NATSAL provide crucial information not just for health professionals, but for policy makers in general.
Northern Ireland is not included in NATSAL, therefore comprehensive data on if and how the sexual attitudes and lifestyles of people in Northern Ireland differ from the rest of the UK are not available.
However, with funding from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive (OMDFMNI), sexual health questions wer