The coronavirus pandemic is not only affecting our social lives but our sex lives.
As the Government announced a new three tier system of lockdown regulations, worries are rising about our collective mental health.
Couples who do not live together can be isolated from one another.
And Brits have been ordered to avoid sex unless you are in an “established” relationship with them, reports The Metro.
Now, a new study shows that people are concerned that they won’t regain their libido after a long dry spell.
The research, conducted by digital sex therapy app Blueheart, showed that 55% of Brits worried that they would never be interested in sex again.
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It’s not only singletons affected.
A whopping 41% of those asked said they were purposefully making themselves “unattractive” to their partners to avoid doing the deed.
This involved not showering or covering up in layers.
Another 29% distracted themselves from sex with TV and video games.
Of the 2,559 participants – all of whom were coping with low sex drive – only 20% had raised the issue with their lover.
Now, loss of sex drive can be normal.
Our libido is easily affected by grief, stress, job loss and illness.
A large 52% of those asked suffered from anxiety.
While a third felt bored by sex or numb to the idea of it.
Dr. Katherine M. Hertlein, couples therapist, sexuality educator and expert advisor at Blueheart, said: “Low libido – like many other forms of sexual dysfunction – can be a real taboo subject.
“People are ashamed to discuss how they’re feeling for fear of being judged, as culturally we put a huge amount of pressure on people (particularly young people) to want to have sex all the time."
She added: “Despite the ongoing narrative about an imminent “baby boom”, the recent months haven’t necessarily been a catalyst for many peoples’ libido.
“But low libido is incredibly common and also something that can be addressed with the right combination of help and support.”
If you’re unhappy with your sex drive then speak to your GP as they may be able to help.
Women should also look at their contraception, as some hormonal forms can affect libido.
The NHS recommends looking at the Sexual Advice Association for further help.