As Meg Ryan famously demonstrated in "When Harry Met Sally," women can -- and do -- fake orgasms in bed. But a new survey suggests that it's men who are more likely to fake the Big O -- and that's not the only thing they're lying about between the sheets.
Polling more than 1,200 of its readers, Australia's The Sunday Telegraph discovered that 23 percent of men admitted to faking an orgasm with their partner, compared to just 20.6 percent of women.
That finding corroborates a recent U.S. survey that showed out of 1,080 men, nearly one in four had admitted to simulating a climax in bed.
But men are faking much more than just orgasms. The Aussie survey found that men were also more likely than women to fake an "I love you" during sex -- 25.4 percent of the men polled copped to lying about their feelings in the heat of the moment, compared to just 6.1 percent of women.
And while more than half of respondents admitted they'd faked being in the mood while with their partner, it was men who were more likely to play it up -- 32.5 percent of men admitted they had done so, opposed to just 19.9 percent of women.
So why are so many men lying in the sack? Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, told NBC News that men are motivated by several factors.
“Men tend to fake for similar reasons that women fake," she said. "To help their partner's ego, to not hurt their partner's feelings, to end sex so that they can go to sleep or go home."