Sex during the lockdown: how Covid-19 has changed our relationships
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Sex during the lockdown: how Covid-19 has changed our relationships

FOCUS: Sexual dysfunctions.

At the moment, we do not yet know the precise effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has on sex. While the virus has been found in the semen, faeces and urine of positive patients (but not in vaginal fluid), it cannot yet be established with certainty if the disease is transmitted sexually. And we still do not know what effects the pandemic and the lockdown have had on sexual dysfunction.

This is partly due to the fact that most dysfunctions by their very definition must have persisted for at least 6 months to be officially declared. It is still too soon to have definitive proof of an increase of this type of disorder. But to give an example, experts from the ESSM point out that a decrease in sexual desire does not necessarily point to a dysfunction if there is not also a lengthy enough period of “significant discomfort.”

On the other hand, even an increase in masturbation does not indicate a compulsive sexual disorder. But one thing can be said: we know without a doubt that mood, the quality of the relationship and environmental factors greatly influence the sexual function and satisfaction. And so, it does feel safe to assume that the pandemic, with all its negative effects, will have brought about a higher risk of developing, or worsening, sexual problems.

But it could also bring about the opposite result. The quarantine could have allowed some coupled to spend more time together, with more intimacy, and therefore improving their sex lives. We still need more focused and detailed studies to know the results.

HFTHQ 20-46

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