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Is lockdown affecting your sex life?

Is lockdown affecting your sex life?

Lockdown has affected us all in many ways. As we continue to adjust to our new normal, we decided to take a look at the impact that lockdown has had on our sex lives. We surveyed 1,000 adults from across the UK and got to the nitty gritty about how their desire has been impacted by Covid-19.

Sexually frustrated? You’re not alone

If you’ve found yourself feeling sexually frustrated, you’re not alone. 14% of the people we surveyed said they’d been feeling the strain while socially-isolating. And it seems as though men are finding it slightly harder than women, with 17% of men admitting to feeling sexually frustrated, compared to 11% of women.

For people self-isolating on their own, the lockdown has put a complete stop to their sex lives. While for those still living with their partner, things aren’t always easier. 20% of UK men and 13% of women said the lockdown has had a negative impact on their sex lives.

77% men, sexually frustrated, lockdown.

Working from home?

For many Brits, this will be their first experience working from home for a prolonged period of time, which introduces its own hurdles to overcome – one of the biggest being distractions. 13% of the men we surveyed admitted to watching pornography during their normal working hours, compared to 5% of women. 19% of men and 7% of women also admitted to having masturbated during their working hours.

14% of men admitted to watching pornography during their normal working hours, raising concerns about the impact of lockdown on individuals' sexual habits.


Finally, 8% of men admitted to sliding into the DMs of someone they fancy on social media, compared to just 4% of women.

Sex drives around the country

With the whole country on lockdown, sexual friction is being felt everywhere. But according to our survey, some cities are feeling it more than others.

Edinburgh and Southampton came out as the sexual frustration capitals of the UK, with 20% of residents in each city saying they’d felt frustrated during lockdown. At the other end of the scale, things are looking good for Leeds, with only 7% of residents saying they’d felt sexually frustrated.

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When looking at the impact lockdown has had on our sex lives, it’s still not good news for people in Southampton. 29% of residents said the lockdown has had a negative impact on their sex life, followed by 21% of Bristolians. Whereas in Sheffield, only 3% of people said there had been a negative impact, followed by 4% of people in Liverpool.


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But it’s not all doom and gloom! While many of us have been feeling sexually pent up, others have taken the opportunity to release some tension while working from home. 19% of the people we spoke to in Norwich and Plymouth said they’d had sex during their usual working hours, followed by 17% of people in Edinburgh!


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Putting relationships to the test

While some people will be self-isolating with their partner, this doesn’t mean they won’t face their own challenges. A major change in your daily routine, as well as the ongoing uncertainty, can have an impact on your emotions and sex drive.

25% of couples self-isolating together said they felt as though the lockdown has had a negative impact on their sex life, and 17% admitting to feeling sexually frustrated because of this. 10% even said they’d argued with their partner about how much sex they’ve been having (or not having).

However, its not all bad news. 12% of the couples we spoke to said that the lockdown has had a positive impact on their sex lives, with 19% saying they’ve been having more sex since it began. 20% even said they’d taken a break to have sex during their normal office hours.

Finding ways to cope with the distance

When we spoke to couples who were not self-isolating together, 38% said they’d been feeling sexually frustrated. Luckily, thanks to the wonders of technology, there are plenty of ways couples can stay in touch.


25% of couples have had virtual romantic experiences during lockdowns.


22% of the couples we spoke to said they’d had virtual dates, using video-conferencing tools like Skype, Zoom and Houseparty, while 24% said they’d sent gifts to each other while they’d been separated. Meanwhile, 33% of couples self-isolating separately said they’d dealt with the distance by sexting, with a further 17% saying they’d shared revealing images with each other.

Just remember, you’re not alone in all of this. If you’re struggling with the distance, or you’re concerned about your relationship, take the time to share your feelings with your partner.

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