The Top Sex Position Searches During Lockdown (and Current Sex Guidance)

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on nearly every aspect of our lives - including the way we are having sex.

When the UK lockdown began on 23 March, people who did not live in same household were not allowed to meet. Those in new relationships were given just a day to decide whether they would move in together or quarantine themselves separately.

In late April, the effects of the isolation were already being seen. The boss of Reckitt Benckiser, which owns Durex condoms, noted that people were having less sex.

The CEO said that condom sales fell in UK as the lockdown and stay-at-home policies limited opportunities for sexual activity. He also said established couples were being less intimate than usual.

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Most Popular Sex Position Searches

It turns out that the coronavirus has also had an impact on our favoured sexual positions as Brits have taken to Google in huge numbers to research sex positions without face-to-face contact.

A home cleaning firm, End of Tenancy London, carried out research that shows that in the past month, since the lifting of the lockdown, UK internet searches for sexual positions where the partners don’t face each other have soared. 

In the month of July, 'reverse cow girl' was searched for more than 60,000 times and 'doggy' more than 18,100 times. In contrast, in January, before the March lockdown, there were 49,500 searches for 'reverse cowgirl' and 14,800 searches for 'doggy'. 

Placing third on the list of searches for non-face-to-face positions was 'spooning', followed by the '69', with the 'wheelbarrow' in fifth place.

Position

Searches in July

Searches in January

Reverse Cow Girl 

60,500 

49,500 

Doggy

18,100 

14,800

Spooning 

18,100

14,800

69 

12,100

8,100

Wheelbarrow 

880 

590

Flatiron 

320 

110  

Leapfrog 

210 

110  

The Shard 

90

90

Stand and Deliver 

10 

10 

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Current Sex Guidance

The findings come as the Terence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity, has released new advice on having sex while managing COVID-19 risk.

The Trust released its guidance after its own research revealed that 84% of people had abstained from sex outside of their immediate household during the lockdown restrictions. 

After several months of the lockdown and its partial easing, the Trust said it was no longer realistic to ask people to completely refrain from sex. 

The Trust now advises that we all need to find ways to balance our need for sex and intimacy, with the risks of the spread of Covid-19.

Specifically, it advises;

  • Someone in your household remains the best choice of consensual sexual partner
  • Try to sticking with one partner or as few partners as possible
  • If either person is feeling unwell, then they shouldn’t have sex
  • Avoid kissing
  • Wear face masks
  • Consider phone sex and sex toys as alternatives to physical intimacy
  • Favour positions where you’re not face-to-face
  • Use condoms or dams for oral sex and rimming
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds before and after sex to help reduce the risk

The Trust also advises that now is a good time to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) before starting to have sex again.

Dr. Michael Brady, Medical Director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said: 

“We’re clear that abstaining from sex is the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus. But we hope by issuing this advice we will help people to manage the risks of COVID-19 while also being able to have and enjoy sex.” 

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This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.

Written by Dr. Mike Firth, GP and Medical Director

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