Coronavirus: Has COVID-19 impacted your sex drive? Here’s how you can find out

Coronavirus: Has COVID-19 impacted your sex drive? Here’s how you can find out

Coronavirus is not just a respiratory illness. It is an ailment that has also impacted our psychological being and altered people’s idea of love, relationships and sexual desires.

Many factors can cause low sex drive in people. From an unhealthy relationship to a physical condition to many stress-inducing factors, the science behind decreasing sex drive could be anything.

However, given that we are living through a pandemic, a situation that has distanced us from our loved ones, frustrated us with restrictions and filled us up with fear, it is only natural to feel low on love, a primary reason why are sex drive may have suffered during this time.

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Sexual intensity is driven by love, passion and intimacy. A lot depends on the level of emotions one experiences and the libido in your body. While it may be displeasing at times, loss of interest in sex and sexual activities is completely normal, considering libido levels may go on and off from time to time.
Chronic illness, stress, troubled relationship, alcohol and drug abuse and aging may be some of the primary reasons behind low sex drive.

Additionally, at a time when we’re all dealing with the implications of the deadly virus, it is also important to acknowledge the stress and anxiety people have experienced during this time. While there is no solid evidence to prove the same, a Chinese study published in July in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that out of the 459 participants, one in four people experienced a decrease in sexual desire basis coronavirus pandemic.

While there is no direct link between the coronavirus disease and sex drive, experts have indicated that the global pandemic may have affected us in a way that has lead to lower sex drive in both men and women.

Some of the things being anxiety, stress, unhealthy lifestyle habits, lower self-esteem and more. Here’s a detailed glimpse of how COVID-19 may have affected our sexual desires and libido.
04/7Do stress and anxiety play a role?

When your body is under stress and anxiety, it releases hormones called cortisols and epinephrine, which in excess amounts can lower sex drives.

While only small scale research has been conducted to analyse the implications of the pandemic on people’s anxiety and stress levels, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that the current pandemic may cause stress and anxiety in people. This in turn could suggest that indirectly the COVID crisis may have led to decreased libido in men and women.

05/7Life in quarantine may have made it more difficult

Surely, for some of us, this pandemic has been a great way to bond with our family members. However, life under lockdown may not be that charming, if it continues to stretch for a long period of time.

While living together has its own perks, it can cause privacy issues for couples who have been staying with their family for a long time.

In addition, for couples, who live together, spending every hour of the day together may also lower the spark and may lead to a loss of interest in sex.

06/7No access to the outside world may have added to your sexual woes

Pre-COVID era was all about working during the weekdays and going out over the weekends. Any free time would mean either a date night or romantic vacation to get away from the daily hullabaloo. However, since the onset of coronavirus, our romantic life may have suffered due to the lockdowns and COVID restrictions.

Lack of excitement, passion, adventure may all have reduced your sexual desires, leading to a lack of sex drive.

07/7How to boost your libido during this pandemic?

At a time when COVID-19 has become more unpredictable than ever, it is important that we continue to maintain a positive mind and stay healthy at all times. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, avoiding alcohol or cigarette smoking are some of the things you and your partner must avoid.

Also, communication is key during that time. Whether you’re dealing with COVID anxiety or feel the need to clear the air in your relationship, talking to your partner or a therapist can help a lot.