The worst COVID lockdowns have made us more sexually adventurous

The pandemic has impacted our lives in so many negative ways. But as it turns out, for many couples in the world’s hardest hit areas, it’s done wonders for their sex lives.

If you’re in a relationship and you’ve spent COVID lockdowns with your significant other, chances are you fall in two camps: you’ve either had way more or way less sex than usual. But a new study has unveiled something curious about the pandemic’s worst-hit parts of the world.

UK-based health and beauty retailer SuperDrug (similar to Priceline here in Aus) surveyed 1,000 people from the United States and Europe, and 30 percent of respondents said had become more sexually adventurous with their partner since COVID-19 began in March.

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This includes sex toy usage among couples, which increased from 50.2 percent in 2017 to 63.3 percent in 2020, and also an increased interest in restrains and whips.

Indeed, the data backs up another survey by sex toy retailer Lovehoney, that found 54 percent of the 1,200 participants were enjoying more adventurous sex, while 43 percent of couples had reported more frequent use of sex toys, including vibrators, butt plugs, and love rings.

Lovehoney sex and relationship expert Annabelle Knight said at the time: “It’s great to see so many couples using sex as a way to boost happiness during lockdown. Those couples still living together are being more sexually adventurous and many are seeing an improvement in their sex lives, even if they have to make love a little more quietly so as not to disturb housemates or family.”

She added: “Inevitably, overall sexual activity has declined, because so many of us are obliged to live apart and cease physical contact, but many couples are sexting and enjoying video sex sessions through Facetime, Zoom and Skype to make separation more bearable.”

It makes sense, right? With the coronavirus lockdowns, couples were spending a LOT more time together, which can impact their… familiarity? with each other.

And as sex coach Georgia Grace told Body+Soul previously, practice makes perfect.

“The biggest misconception I see with couples is that they think good sex comes naturally. In reality, this is rarely the case,” she said.

“It takes intentional time and practice to learn how to have good sex with your partner consistently.”