Can omicron impact your sex life?

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You might get the shock of your life after reading the headline, but even experts believe that Covid-19 and its variants like Omicron are making your sex life less pleasurable.

And it’s happening again! Yeah! We are referring to the surging numbers of Covid-19 infected people. Sigh. A quarantined life has not been a good experience for anyone. Covid-19 has had a 360-degree impact on our lives, and this surely is bad news: the new variant Omicron has even entered our bedroom.

So, if you have been experiencing a dry spell, blame it on Covid-19, because as per experts, Omicron has an impact on your sex life.

Omicron impacts your sex life, both mentally and physically

According to Dr Chirag Bhandari, founder, and director of the Institute of Andrology and Sexual Health, as Covid cases rise at a tremendous rate, the virus has severe consequences on our physiological as well as mental well-being.
The worst news is that your male partner is more at risk because new research suggests that Covid-19 might lead to erectile dysfunction (ED).

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ED is no laughing matter. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

“Being in the right frame of mind is also an important part of being able to engage in sexual activity. In general, stress, anxiety, and depression can be potential causes of sexual dysfunction. As these emotions become heightened during the prolonged pandemic, more people might experience ED, premature ejaculation, or anorgasmia (orgasmic disorder) as well,” says Dr Bhandari.

Also, read: So, can sex with your partner give you Covid-19? We’ll let this doctor answer that for you

The virus causes a high level of inflammation in the body as a defense response. The high level of inflammation can cause small blood clots to form, as well as inflammation of the lining of the blood vessels. These two features combined can disrupt blood flow – one of the most important factors in achieving an erection. There is also evidence to suggest that the coronavirus has an impact on the testicles.

The virus enters cells with the help of a protein that is prevalent in the testicles. The testicles are where the majority of testosterone is made in men, and so Omicron may cause decreased testosterone levels in the body. Lower testosterone levels can contribute to erectile dysfunction, as well as decreased energy, libido, and muscle mass.

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Dear women, you must know how to approach the topic of ED with your partner. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

But with the latest technology and the help of professionals in this field, every sexual and reproductive issue can be tackled with ease. This also includes the aftermath of Covid and Omicron that has caused sexual health issues like ED, premature ejaculation, or anorgasmia (orgasmic disorder). With the right procedures and treatment in the field of sexual and reproductive health, such issues can be resolved.

Here’s how you can get your libido back after Covid-19 infection

First and foremost, take the help of an expert. Only an expert can confirm whether your problem is physical or mental, and accordingly you can make way for the treatment.

Apart from that, communication is very important. If only you are facing the problem, discuss it with your partner. This will not just boost your self-esteem but will also help your partner to restore the lost passion.

Small tricks like meditation can also help tackle stress. Other than that, a healthy routine and a clean diet can help in improving your health, stamina, and your libido too.

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When it comes to covid-19, it’s better safe than sorry. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are some women who shared their low libido tales with us

Natasha, 31, teacher

Well, I’m not sure whether it was Covid-19 or Omicron but post infection, there have been a lot of bodily changes that I have witnessed. Fatigue, being one of them. Post-Covid-19, I hardly have the energy to do daily chores, so making out is not even on my list. It’s been a dry spell for me, maybe because there is nothing exciting that’s happening to ignite that spark.

Sudipta, 33, marketeer

My husband and I were both infected at the same time. I hadn’t noticed it till the time my husband came and pointed it out. That was the moment when I realized that we had stopped making out, as much as we would earlier. After consultation with an expert, we found out that stress was the issue behind my partner’s sex drive as well as my libido. Now, we have started therapy on my doctor’s recommendation. Fingers crossed, I hope everything goes well.

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