The impact of COVID–19 pandemic and restriction measures on sexual behaviour, couple relationship and psychological well-being in Latvia

Ieva Briedīte (Coresponding Author), Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne, Gunta Lazdāne, Dace Rezeberga, Ināra Kantāne, Elizabete Pumpure, Ieva Pitkevica, Marta Laura Graviņa, Darja Mihailova

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Abstract

Purpose: Since the beginning of COVID-19 restrictions, almost all domains of people’s lives have been affected, including couple and family relationships and sexual life. There are various factors that are likely to influence the partner availability, intimacy, emotional well-being, contraception access and interpersonal tension.

Materials and methods: Behavioural cross-sectional online survey (I-SHARE) combined with structured interviews with the aim to determine the impact of
COVID-19 social restriction measures on sexual health and psychological well-being and behaviour was conducted.

Results and conclusions: Results showed increase of tension and its negative impact on frequency and satisfaction with sex life. Frequency of sexual intercourse decreased more for people who did not live with their partner. Increase of alcohol consumption and loss of job decreased satisfaction with sex life. Controversial data about contraception availability and intimate partner violence were obtained showing no impact in survey, but revealing contraception access restrictions and intimate partner violence increase during qualitative research interviews.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1000327
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021

Keywords*

  • Covid-19
  • Sexual health
  • sexual behaviour
  • relationship
  • intimate partner violence

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.4. Reviewed scientific article published in Latvia or abroad in a scientific journal with an editorial board (including university editions)

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