Sex gives exactly what we need most during the coronavirus epidemic: it reduces stress levels, improves mood, increases immunity and positively affects many aspects of our health.
More sex, more health
Having sex brings to our body a lot of positive changes. These advantages are, but in the context of the coronavirus epidemic, they have a double power. First, sex improves our immunity. According to the research of scientists from the University of Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania, if we have sex at least once a week, the level of antibodies – immunoglobulin A (IgA) in the body increases by as much as 30%. So we are less likely to get infections.
Other studies have also shown that sex lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and is also good for the heart.
How does sex relate to the coronavirus?
Coronavirus spreads like the flu. If a sick person speaks to us, coughs or sneezes in our presence – we are at risk of becoming infected. Even if we live with an infected person, we can keep a distance, not talk, be in another room. But we are as close as we can when we have sex, so it’s hard to avoid contamination. Of course, I am talking about a situation in which we have intercourse with someone who is a carrier of the coronavirus, but is unaware of it and has no symptoms. If somebody has symptoms and is not feeling well, avoid sex as well.
Is sex possible without being infected.
There is no such thing as reducing the risk of coronavirus infection during sex. If we exchange body fluids with an infected person, we cannot avoid infection. There is no higher risk of contracting coronavirus than sex, it is a close enough situation that there are no barriers.
On internet there is a a list of allowed sex positions that allow you to keep a safe distance. There is no such thing as a safe position in the context of the coronavirus. Using a condom is also not effective. They protect against sexually transmitted diseases, but do not protect against the coronavirus at all.
Sex with unknown person
Huge risky, most definitely, is casual sex now, with an unknown person. From a medical point of view, every sex with a casual partner is called “Risky sexual behavior”, very dangerous also outside the coronavirus.
Any sex with a partner that we do not know or know little is the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, which in the end may turn out to be much more dangerous than the coronavirus- HPV, HBV, HCV, HIV, syphilis are a much higher risk. Regardless of whether we sleep with a wife, husband, fiancé or a regular partner, we know something about this person, we know where she has been, we have confidence and we can count on him to tell us if there is any something disturbing. In the case of casual sexual contacts, we do not have time for such questions.
Sex reduces stress and anxiety
During Corona epidemic we are stressed. We work often from home, does not go outside, the social contact has been rapidly decreased with friends and co-workers. We are afraid about future, job and family members.
Sex has a calming effect and reduces anxiety. Dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin improve our mood, increase empathy and help build a close bond with your partner.
During sex, the level of cortisol, the main stress hormone, also drops significantly in our body. The rule here is simple: more sex, less stress.
Additionally, sex is a one-time dose of optimism: there is prostagladin in the male sperm, a hormone that acts as an antidepressant.
So maybe the time of being forced to stay at home is a good opportunity to rebuild this closeness, both when having sex, but also simply during time spent together?