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Physical intimacy during the time of Covid-19: Here’s what you need to know

Published on:20 April 2021, 17:01pm IST
Covid-19 has changed the way in which we do everything, including how we experience physical intimacy. These sexual health tips will help you navigate these tough times.
Geetika Sachdev
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It is important to practise safe sex, especially during the pandemic. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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The world is going through an unprecedented health crisis, and although there’s a lot that’s going on in our minds, we can’t deny that physical intimacy is one of them. It’s a pandemic, and that means we are more cautious than ever. Social distancing and mask wearing, frequent hand washing and sanitizing has really left us wondering, if physical intimacy can really be achieved during this time?

Let’s break it to you: you can have sex, but there are certain guidelines you must follow. It’s highly likely that things might not be as pleasurable, and that’s pretty obvious. Before we get to the various solutions for safe sex, it’s important to remember that healthy sexual activity is still as important as it was before the pandemic. 

Unfortunately, there has been a sharp decline in the frequency of sex, reported journal Leisure Sciences. Yes, it’s scary at this point, but we can’t discredit the fact that sex is a great workout, and makes us feel relaxed. It also eases tension and anxiety, promotes good sleep, and causes the brain to release endorphins and oxytocin. Research says that any physical connection, even a little hug or kiss that goes on for 10-20 seconds releases feel-good chemicals. During these stressful times, physical intimacy can become a huge mood-booster. 

So without further ado, let’s get down to understanding sexual health tips to experience physical intimacy during the pandemic.

1. Consent is key

Yes, you might be keen to hold your partner’s hand, cuddle them or have a steamy sesh in the bedroom. But remember, consent is even important now; probably even more than it was pre-pandemic. That’s because we all have various concerns and apprehensions around touch and close contact. We are forever on the edge, and less sure of what our partners are comfortable with. So, whatever is going on in your mind, make sure to discuss with your partner, and gauge their comfort level, before you engage in anything.

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A relationship is about love, not control. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Speak about testing

If you see even the slightest symptoms of covid-19, get yourself tested, and also make sure to be honest with your partner. It’s true that there’s a higher chance of contracting the virus, if you engage in physical intimacy with someone, so make sure you discuss testing, especially if you decide to hook up with someone. There should be a clear-cut discussion about everything — close physical contact, kissing, sexual activity, as well as when were last tested for covid-19.

3. Be aware of the risks

This is a time when it’s important to be as transparent as possible; not that we suggest anything else, otherwise. If you live with your partner and engage in physical intimacy, your chances of spreading coronavirus isn’t as high. This is provided you are following all the guidelines such as avoiding crowds, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, when stepping out. But in case either of you do not follow the protocols, and are in crowded places without a mask, the risk is much higher. Also, make sure a condom is used when you have sex — it reduces the risk of exposure to covid-19 and other sexually transmitted diseases.

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The jury is still out on whether covid-19 can spread via sexual transmission. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.
4. Make technology your ally

You might be staying apart from your partner, and it’s highly likely that you want to have sex with them. But, how about making use of sexting or video dates to get intimate? Research shows that it has served as an effective way for many people to maintain intimacy. Of course, we agree there are some risks involved here, especially when you share personal images or nude photos. In case you find yourself in this situation, make sure to file a report with the cyber crime department.

5. Try to know your partner better

This time is hard, we know, but we need to find our silver lining. Isn’t it? So, try and enjoy online dates with your partner or a potential interest, share a meal online, and if it’s hard not to meet, try to see each other outdoors, stay masked and maintain social distance.

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When it comes to covid-19, it’s better safe than sorry. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Last but not the least, if nothing works, remember you are your safest sex partner. So, get hold of vibrators or any other sex toys, and enjoy! But make sure to sanitize and disinfect these toys regularly, because as we know, covid-19 can live on surfaces for days.

So ladies, worry not! Follow these sexual health tips and remember: this too, shall pass.

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.