While rarely addressed by the media, sexual health took a significant hit during lockdowns and as a consequence of social distancing. In the present study, Mollaioli et al investigated the psychological consequences of the lockdown which took place in Italy at the beginning of 2020. Via structural equation models, the study team highlighted the potentially beneficial effects of sexual activity on anxiety and depression. While the study is relying on self-reported data, the findings might help re-interpret the association between sexual and psychological health in a time of crisis.
Mollaioli D, Sansone A, Ciocca G, Limoncin E, Colonnello E, Di Lorenzo G, Jannini EA. Benefits of Sexual Activity on Psychological, Relational, and Sexual Health During the COVID-19 Breakout. J Sex Med. 2021 Jan;18(1):35-49. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2020.10.008. Epub 2020 Oct 23. PMID: 33234430; PMCID: PMC7584428.