COVID-19's Effect On Women's Sexual Function 1

COVID-19’s Effect On Women’s Sexual Function

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Four years later after the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus has penetrated every angle of human health. Several studies show that COVID-19 which mutates swiftly has a critical effect on major organs of the body including the heart, brain lungs and even the immune system. Recent research shows that the vaccine is also bound to affect sexual function.
A lot of people might not have experienced a resurgence of sexual vitality after recovering from the disease. Although only a few reports have focused on COVID-19’s effect on sexual health, new research shows that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is likely to impair numerous aspects of the reproductive system.
Speaking to IndiaToday.In. psychiatrist Dr Sneha Sharma asserted, ” The need for a species to reproduce comes after the safety and survival of an individual. So, of course, when we were all struggling to survive, sex took a backseat,”
According to a recent study that was published in The Egyptian Journal of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery, women who contracted COVID-19 faced sex problems most of which were related to psychiatry six months later after suffering the illness.
According to a study from Assiut University, Egypt that was conducted on 62 women, 58% of the participants experienced sexual dysfunction. The researchers concluded that after 6 months of the infection, the frequency of sexual intercourse declined. The authors of the study wrote, “Sexual dysfunction was associated with renal illness, COVID-19-related oxygen therapy and fatigue, post-COVID-19-vaccination myalgia, and headache.”
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Several factors could contribute to sexual dysfunction during the COVID-19 pandemic, for several young adults psychological and economic stresses caused by unemployment or dropping out of school. Separation from sexual partners and inaccessibility to health care services could also increase the occurrence of unfavourable health outcomes. The studies also show that the COVID-19  pandemic contributed to a great increase in anxiety and a drop in sexual activity which was largely attributed to isolation and lack of sexual desire due to stress.
According to a meta-analysis of 21 studies published in the journal BMC Public Health in January 2022 a significant reduction in sexual function, which includes factors for instance sexual desire, arousal and pleasure, for both sexes following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In terms of sexual desire, females faced more challenges as compared to males.
According to Dr Sneha Sharma, “The stressors during the pandemic were unevenly distributed among the two sexes with women being disproportionately involved in household and child-rearing responsibilities.”
Psychiatrist Dr Naren Prahlada Rao, Kauvery Hospital, told IndiaToday that long working hours also blurred the lines between personal and professional life and were responsible for the effects caused by COVID-19.
Dr Rao shared, “These factors along with increased sexting and masturbation have led to decreased sexual satisfaction,” In addition to this, stress and depression that resulted from the loss of close people also had an impact on sexual arousal and sexual satisfaction.
Women have faced a setback in their sexual health after the Covid-19 illness. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of sex therapy and treatment to revive the spark of sexual desire. Experts advise women to take their sexual health with utmost seriousness and seek help if need be.
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