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Taking Care of Your Sexual Health Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Mark Surrey, MD, a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, told Health that the COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and can be transmitted through saliva and intimate contact.

Karen Cruz
Karen Cruz


With the concept of social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, is having sex during this time a good idea? Mark Surrey, MD, a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, told Health that the COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and can be transmitted through saliva and intimate contact. But is not transmitted genitally. Sex, as we know, involves direct physical contact between two people and since kissing and heavy breathing happens while having sex, it could contribute to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. You might find the following tips helpful in practicing safe sex while reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

Masturbation Is Safe and Is a Better Idea

Solo sex is not just satisfying, it is also a safer option nowadays. Ensure to wash your hands at least 20 seconds with soap and water before and after masturbation. Also, if you will be using sex toys for more pleasure, ensure that they have been sanitized properly. As The New York City Health Department puts it, YOU are your safest sex partner.  

Do the Social Distancing Sex

The word “social distancing” might have been the most abused word nowadays since there is really a need to keep on reiterating that social distancing is one of the key way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. If your partner isn’t living together with you, it is not a good idea to meet for sex. Come up with other ways to be intimate without having physical contact. Phone sex or sexting through words and images might be an alternative for now. Video sex might be a better idea since you get to see your partner and this one is definitely COVID-19 safe but beware as this might be risky; definitely not always socially safe. With the possibilities of videos or images leaking and being sent to other people without consent, ensure that your partner is someone you can trust to keep the activity private and secure.

Ask Your Partner About COVID-19 Symptoms

To keep yourself protected from the COVID-19 virus, limiting close contact is a best practice, especially with those who live outside your household. But if you are someone who believes that sex is most satisfying and pleasurable only when you do it personally with someone, that is fine but you have to be more vigilant. Checking and asking for COVID-19 symptoms and actually getting tested for it should not be offending, rather it will be beneficial for both parties. Both you and your partner can enjoy the sexual activity with the assurance that neither of you is carrying the virus.

Abstain From Sex When One Is Not Feeling Well

Automatically, once you feel sick, you should isolate yourself from people and avoid close contact. Of course, you and your partner should not have sex if you both do not feel safe because of this. Postpone for a few weeks or once you have been tested for the virus using swab test or saliva test. It is your responsibility to keep the people close to you from contracting any illness during the pandemic.

Put on a Face Mask or a Face Covering

You might find it weird and uncomfortable but is essential to stay cautious at all times even during sex. A face mask covering your nose and your mouth adds a layer of protection from the virus during sex. Since the virus can be spread orally, panting and heavy breathing can cause the virus to spread, especially if both you and your partner have acquired COVID-19 unknowingly. Your face mask can at least help to stop the virus from spreading.

Wash up Before and After Sex

This does not only make you smell nice for your partner, but it is also a best practice to protect yourself from the virus. Besides washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, taking a bath is also a good idea since it at least rinses of the dirt and the germs you may have acquired from going outside. Ensure to sanitize before and after having sex.

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