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"What is the first thing you would like to do when the confinement is over?" Asked an Instagram user (let's call her 'x'), a few days ago to members of her community. The most repeated responses: " Kiss, hug, touch and have sex again ."
The social distancing to which the coronavirus has condemned us has reminded the beast how important physical contact is in our lives. We are hungrier for skin than ever , despite the fact that fear, anguish and uncertainty are leaving us at a minimum that blood alteration that presumably causes spring.
In this scenario of virtual recipes, training and various therapies, romantic relationships are also reflecting the drastic change in habits imposed by the coronavirus . During the last two weeks, according to Badoo data, "in Spain there has been an increase of 12% in the messages sent through this platform", as explained by Pablo Delgado, director of Marketing for Spain and Latin America of this app dating.
This increase has not only been experienced quantitatively, but has also been noted qualitatively. The duration of the conversations between the users who managed to 'match' increased by 22% and the use of the video chat function in the application, by 9%, "In this delicate situation, we are observing how the connections and stories are each longer and more meaningful , which makes us think of the beginning of a new era in which people no longer enter this type of app just to find love, but also support and friendship, "adds Delgado.
But there is still more. Apparently, Badoo users in Spain are now spending more time than ever completing their profiles before embarking on the adventure of meeting people online. What's more, " 7% of users even update their profile every day ".
Virtual relationships are not the only ones that have grown during confinement. Porn consumption has also skyrocketed . After announcing that its Premium service would be free in Italy to make quarantine 'more bearable', Porn Hub registered an increase of almost 30% in the viewing hours of its users. A percentage far exceeded in Spain with a 61% rise after declaring the state of alarm .
WHAT ABOUT SEXUAL RELATIONS?
In a couple of weeks, the coronavirus turned our lives upside down and "the last thing we thought about was sexuality, but after the initial shock, doubts began. We didn't really know what the routes of infection were ; stress and anguish dominated everything. Obviously, I am speaking of confined people who are healthy, in principle, and who do not have contact with the sick or the population at risk, "explains sexologist Ana Sierra.
"I continue to consult and one of the things that is attracting me the most attention is the rethinking of the sexual life that many people are doing during these days. People who, in this period of introspection, are realizing their little or great deficiencies and that he is taking advantage of the moment to try to work on them, "says sexologist Ana Sierra.
After the initial dislocation, it seems that sexual desire is springing up again: "People confined in solitude are choosing to maintain relationships via 'sexting', dating apps networks, telephone etc. While couples who are going through the trance together continue to harbor doubts about what can and cannot be done . "
Furthermore, the awakening of the sexual appetite in the midst of the tragedy has a lot to do, according to the sexologist, "with the desire to experience sensations that make us feel alive, and there is no doubt that pleasure is one of the best ways to achieve it. "
Until now, taking into account that almost every day new things are being discovered on the subject, it is known "that the routes of infection are saliva, mucus and faeces, but not by intimate fluids." Therefore, the risk would not be so much in "genital contact, but in oral contact, that is to say, in kisses , something that, incidentally, goes against the traditional advice of sexologists of 'recreating oneself in the preliminaries and not get straight to the point. "
"The virus is spread mainly through the respiratory droplets of an infected person when they cough, sneeze, or speak very closely. These droplets can fall into the mouth or nose of those close to them or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. The kiss is a very common practice during intercourse, and the virus will be transmitted through saliva. Kissing with someone is, logically, the most risky thing, "says Dr. François Peinado, urological surgeon specializing in prostate, peyronie and sexual medicine.
"If you have relationships with your partner, it is convenient to do it in positions that minimize air transmission, that is, in which one of the people turns their back on the other and wear masks if they think it is convenient," adds Peinado.
FIVE BASIC TIPS FOR SAFE SEX
Ana Sierra, for her part, recommends that you carefully read the guidelines published by the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, including the following tips:
1. Find out about the routes of infection : up to now it is known that they are saliva, mucus and feces; intimate fluids would not be on this list.
2. Have safe sex: right now, your best sexual playmate is you. Of course, take care of hygiene more than ever, both your hands and the 'toys' (it is important to wash them with soap and water for 20 seconds) that you use. Forget about sporadic face-to-face relationships. There is no other option than to limit them to the virtual terrain.
3. Take care of yourself during sexual intercourse : avoid kissing and anal sex, even if you use condoms. Hygiene is, more than ever, of vital importance.
4. Avoid sex if your partner is not well : both if they have their own symptoms of coronavirus or if they are part of the population at risk.
5. Do not stop taking measures to prevent sexually transmitted diseases or unwanted pregnancies.
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