COVID and Your Sexual Health

By Dr. Drai
By Dr. Drai

It’s been two years since Coronavirus hit the scene and we know more now than we ever have about COVID and its effects on the body. Similar to the Zika virus, there has been much concern about COVIDs effect on sexual health. So, what do we know about COVID and sex? Read on to learn more.

In order to understand your risk for contracting COVID during sex, you must first understand how COVID is spread. COVID is a respiratory virus and is believed to be mainly spread through respiratory droplets during close contact. It is important to keep this in mind as you engage in close sexual contact.

As we all know, foreplay often involves lots of touching and kissing. Being in close contact as well as exchanging saliva during kissing can certainly increase your risk of contracting COVID from an infected partner. Additionally, the moaning, groaning, and heavy breathing associated with sex can allow for the spread of respiratory droplets.

Though COVID has been found in semen and feces, it is unclear whether you can contract the virus through sexual intercourse. It is, however, important to use condoms and dental dams during oral sex to prevent spread.

Overall, there’s still a lot to learn about COVID but there’s a lot we know. Given the close proximity that you must be in to engage in sexual activity, you are definitely at risk for contracting COVID. Also, just like with an STD, you can’t always look at someone and tell if they have COVID. Therefore, in addition to wearing your mask, socially distancing, and keeping your hands washed, use condoms when engaging in oral sex. Be safe and protected as we continue to fight the pandemic.

Until next time #GYNEGirls and #Preggos…

Dr. Drai

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