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Quarantine Doesn’t Have to Wreck Your Sex Life

For intimate partners who are staying home together to avoid infection with the coronavirus, sex offers a fun way to fight the boredom of self-isolation. For those with no partner at home, look for alternate ways to relieve sexual tension. 

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the everyday lives of most Americans. Social distancing, depending on how faithfully you’re following its mandates, keeps us at least six feet away from those we encounter in day-to-day life. And to minimize possible exposure to this potentially deadly virus, it’s advisable to stay in your home with your immediate family members or other loved ones, venturing out for only the most essential errands, such as food shopping and critical medical appointments.

At first glance, it would seem that this novel coronavirus might deal a devastating blow to the love lives of those who are heeding the advice of medical experts and sequestering themselves in their homes. But it doesn’t have to be so.

In fact, popular TV doctor Mehmet Oz, M.D., a highly regarded cardiothoracic surgeon, suggests that sex might very well be the antidote to the inevitable boredom of self-quarantine.

In a recent interview with TMZ, Oz said that nothing cuts the tension of self-sequestration “like a little sexual healing.” After all, there’s only so many Netflix series you can binge-watch and self-improvement projects you can pursue.

COVID-19 and Its Symptoms

The novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 is believed to have originated in the Chinese province of Hubei, or more specifically in the province’s capital city of Wuhan, a city of nearly 9 million people.

The primary target of COVID-19 is the respiratory system. Infections with the virus have led to illnesses ranging from relatively mild cold-like infections to severe respiratory infections leading to death. Particularly susceptible to more severe virus-related illness are those who are elderly or who suffer from preexisting conditions such as heart disease and chronic respiratory illnesses.

Symptoms tend to appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common symptoms are fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms experienced by some COVID-19 patients include a sudden loss of smell and/or taste and digestive issues, such as a loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Does the Virus Spread Through Sex?

This novel coronavirus is too new to have been studied extensively. So it is not yet clear whether COVID-19 can be spread through semen or vaginal secretions, according to VeryWellHealth.com. However, that question is probably moot since it’s inevitable that sexual activity also will bring you into close contact with your partner’s respiratory secretions.

Sexual activity during the current quarantine is clearly least perilous for partners who are living under the same roof and are exposed to one another’s respiratory secretions during the normal course of life.

While the absence of COVID-19 symptoms is not proof-positive that an individual is uninfected with the virus, it’s nevertheless a positive sign. It’s to be hoped that no one would engage in sexual activity with a partner who is showing typical symptoms of the virus.

Coronavirus microscopic shot.

In less than six months, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has spread from China to hundreds of other countries. 

Do You Live with Your Partner?

Having sex with an intimate partner who shares your home — and thus is undergoing the same rigors of self-quarantine as you — is probably safe as long as both of you are conscientiously practicing social distancing and carefully sanitizing on your rare excursions outside the home.

TheGuardian.com interviewed Julia Marcus, M.D., an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, about the advisability of sex between housemates. “If you live with a regular sexual partner and you don’t have any symptoms, or likely exposure,” she said, “sex might actually be a really great way to have fun, stay connected, and relieve anxiety during this potentially stressful time.”

No Sex Partner at Home?

The advice for those who don’t enjoy the convenience of an intimate partner at home is to exercise extreme caution and perhaps forgo partnered sex until the worst of the pandemic has passed.

For those growing frustrated with the sexual isolation imposed by self-quarantine, Carlos Diaz-Rodriguez, a professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, offers some suggestions. He was also interviewed by TheGuardian.com.

Looking for ways to work off some of that mounting sexual tension? Diaz-Rodriguez, a public health scientist, says “other forms of expressing eroticism, such as sexting, video-calls, reading erotica, and masturbation will continue to be options.”

A Good Time for Positive Change

For the hundreds of thousands of men who are suffering from the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, this period of quarantine offers an excellent opportunity to make some changes in your lifestyle. After all, excess weight, an unhealthy diet, smoking, and a lack of exercise are all factors that increase your risk of ED.

Trying to tackle a multiplicity of bad habits all at once is probably a certain recipe for failure, but if you can identify one or two of these behaviors that troubles you most,  now would be a good time to concentrate on them.

  • If you’re a smoker, use this time to kick the habit. It’s not easy, but it can be done, as thousands of ex-smokers will be happy to tell you. If you can’t envision giving up nicotine without a crutch, try one or more of the many smoking cessation products.
  • Tired of your “couch potato” existence? Get up off that couch and start doing a little exercise. There are a number of exercises you can do at home without any special equipment. And you can also go out and walk, providing you take care to avoid close contact with others.
  • If you’ve been suppressing your inner gourmet chef aspirations, see whether you can’t cook up some heart-healthy meal choices that the whole family will enjoy. If cooking isn’t your thing, planting a backyard vegetable garden could be a positive step toward a healthier diet.

Ordering ED Drugs Online

Even if you’ve never ordered ED medications online before, now’s the perfect time to do so. Avoiding trips to your local pharmacy eliminates yet another point of possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus. And as many before you have already discovered, ordering your ED drugs from eDrugstore.com could even save you both time and money.

Prices posted at eDrugstore cover not just the drugs you’re ordering but a bundle of added-value services as well. Shipping and handling are free, so that spares you the hassle of trips to and from the pharmacy.

For men who don’t have a prescription, eDrugstore’s complimentary online consultation service is the perfect solution. It will set up a telemedicine consultation between you and a physician licensed to practice in your state. If the doctor decides you’re an appropriate candidate for an ED drug, a prescription will be authorized.

The doctor’s prescription is then sent by eDrugstore to a licensed U.S. pharmacy to be filled, after which it’s shipped to the destination of your choice. If these services sound appealing to you, visit eDrugstore’s Erectile Dysfunction page to learn more.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+