Containment does not equal unfortunately, not reconciliation, according to a study that shows that only 40 % of Brits have had at least one sexual relation per week in isolation.
The serious study was conducted by researchers from the University of Anglia Ruskin, and published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. On a sample of 868 British, 39.9 percent said they had at least one sexual relation per week since the beginning of the confinement. The finding surprised the researchers.
“Starting our work, we expected a high level of sexual activity during the isolation at home, but, on the contrary, we observed a very low level. It is interesting, ” says Dr. Lee Smith, a professor in the department of public health and physical activity of the british university.
Anxiety and stress
According to the study, young men who are married and who consume alcohol are more likely to share moments rogues in the containment. Conversely, older people and those living alone are the ones who are most likely to see their sexual life fall flat in period of pandemic.
“This low rate of sexual activity can be explained by the fact that people currently feel anxious and are not in a state of mind to engage in the act” assesses Dr. Smith, raising the difficulty for people living alone to meet potential partners.
But beyond the observation, the impacts of the slowdown of sexual activity raise some concerns among experts. Since the benefits of an active sex life have been widely demonstrated in the past, the study confirmed that 60 % of the british population is deprived of these benefits.
“An american study has shown in the past that the frequency and quality of sexual intercourse were protected against the cardiovascular problems. […] Conversely, another study showed that inactivity sexual could be linked to 22 problems of health among people of 55 years and over “, one can read in the report of the researchers.
This is why the latter have come to the conclusion that it is important for the authorities to promote a sexual life healthy and active, even in the time of a pandemic.
“Interventions should take account of the messages of sexual health positive to mitigate the negative consequences of self-isolation on health “, concludes the team led by Dr. Lee Smith.