New Survey Finds More than Half of Americans Report Sexual Difficulties


National Coalition Launches New Guide to Address Sexual Concerns and Increase Pleasure

WASHINGTON and BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Dec. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — While many predicted that widespread COVID vaccination would result in a major improve in sexual exercise (aka “Hot Vax Summer”), a brand new survey discovered over half of Americans (ages 18-35) reported sexual difficulties throughout the pandemic, together with low sexual curiosity, mismatched intercourse drives, and hassle orgasming. Led by Kinsey Institute Research Fellow, Dr. Justin Lehmiller, the outcomes underscore how the COVID pandemic continues to have an effect on our lives, even within the bed room – and surprisingly reveals that for singles, avoiding intercourse altogether was the commonest resolution for coping with sexual difficulties. The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), consisting of 200+ main well being/medical organizations and consultants, at present launched a Guide to Sexual Concerns and Pleasure to assist Americans get pleasure from extra satisfying intercourse lives throughout the ongoing pandemic and past.

Logos for the National Coalition for Sexual Health and the Kinsey Institute.

“Loads of individuals assume sexual difficulties take the best toll on older Americans,” Dr. Lehmiller says. “However, our research revealed that experiences of sexual difficulties had been unexpectedly constant throughout age teams, together with amongst youthful adults. While bodily well being points usually tend to trigger difficulties in older populations, psychological points usually take a serious toll on younger adults’ intercourse lives. During the pandemic, younger adults felt disproportionately harassed and lonely, each of that are identified causes of sexual issues. Since younger adults are additionally much less prone to be in established relationships, they could be much less comfy discussing sexual issues with their companions, which may make it more durable to search out options,” Dr. Lehmiller added.

While individuals in relationships nonetheless skilled sexual difficulties, they fared higher general than singles throughout the COVID pandemic, with 42% reporting extra satisfying intercourse lives vs. solely 20% of singles. So, what is the secret sauce? It appears communication is vital, and selection is the spice of life. As the survey confirmed, 47% of individuals in relationships elevated their communication with companions to take care of sexual issues vs. solely 15% of singles. And, 60% of individuals in relationships tried new sexual actions vs. 42% of singles. Sometimes the answer is so simple as making an attempt new sexual actions and/or utilizing new merchandise, comparable to intercourse toys and lube.

Solid communication between companions is important, however intercourse life begins with understanding and exploring your individual physique, what arouses you, and what provides you pleasure. Since pleasure is never included in American intercourse ed, and disgrace is commonly related to speaking about intercourse, it is no shock that the majority of us really feel ill-equipped.

The new Guide to Sexual Concerns and Pleasure, which incorporates many assets, is an effective place to start out for self-education. For many individuals, a pleasurable intercourse life is vital to general well being and well-being. In reality, it could possibly make you are feeling good, improve intimacy, increase your temper, scale back anxiousness, enhance sleep, and even lower ache.

And since speaking about intercourse, and significantly pleasure, is taboo in lots of American households, our upbringing usually would not assist both. “Growing up, your dad and mom most likely by no means taught you that intercourse ought to really feel good, or that masturbating, foreplay and utilizing lube might improve sexual pleasure,” in keeping with intercourse therapist and licensed sexuality educator Dr. Tameca Harris-Jackson. “Desire and arousal are very subjective experiences, and a few individuals can take longer than others to get turned on. So, it is essential for individuals to speak with their companion(s) about what feels good, what they like and do not like, and revisit that often as sexual needs and intercourse drives can change over time,” defined Dr. Harris-Jackson.

While COVID might have exacerbated sexual difficulties, organic components comparable to power well being situations, uncomfortable side effects from medicines, and age-related adjustments may also have an effect on sexual need and functioning. If you assume your sexual issues could possibly be rooted in bodily causes, it is likely to be finest to start out by seeing a well being care supplier. Yet, in keeping with this survey, solely 5% of girls and 13% % of males indicated that they consulted a health care provider or therapist for sexual difficulties throughout the pandemic.

For occasion, ongoing erectile dysfunction generally is a signal of an underlying well being situation like coronary heart illness or Type 2 diabetes that wants remedy. Certain antidepressants, comparable to some SSRIs which improve serotonin within the mind, can scale back your intercourse drive or inhibit your means to expertise pleasure. All kinds of components – comparable to childbirth, breastfeeding, menopause, uterine fibroids or endometriosis, and even medicines for colds, allergic reactions and melancholy — can all trigger vaginal dryness, which may result in painful intercourse.

“Talking about sexual issues may really feel awkward, which is not any shock, given the tradition we stay in. But, struggling in silence and never addressing your issues may be even worse. If your well being care supplier would not convey it up, you can begin the dialog by saying one thing like, “I’m having some hassle with my intercourse life,” or “My intercourse life is not what I would like it to be.” An excellent well being care supplier will take care of your complete physique, together with your sexual well being. And if they do not, it could be time to search for a brand new one,” in keeping with Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, MD, CEO, Power to Decide.

While intercourse—in many various kinds—can do wonderful issues in your temper, thoughts, and emotional intimacy along with your companion(s)—widespread psychological well being situations, comparable to melancholy, anxiousness, and low vanity, may cause sexual difficulties. Similarly, sexual trauma can have a major influence on an individual’s emotional and bodily well being, usually affecting sexual need, arousal, and the flexibility to orgasm. And, for some, even wonderful, satisfying intercourse with a loving companion generally is a triggering expertise. Speaking about any of these issues with a licensed psychological well being skilled (e.g., social employee, psychological well being counselor, psychologist, intercourse therapist or a pair’s therapist) can’t solely assist you enhance your intercourse life, but in addition your general psychological well being and well-being.

“Contrary to in style perception, intercourse remedy is discuss remedy. You hold your garments on, and there’s no bodily contact. Sex therapists are licensed psychological well being professionals with specialised coaching who may help you tackle a range of issues that is likely to be hindering your intercourse life, comparable to untimely ejaculation, ache throughout vaginal penetration, or why intercourse went from thrilling firstly of a relationship to feeling like a chore,” mentioned Dr. Harris-Jackson.

Sex therapists are skilled to take heed to your issues and suggest a range of problem-solving strategies that assist your wants, together with companion communication methods, reflective and sensible homework actions, and exploring new choices for sexual expression. To discover a intercourse therapist close to you or one who can present assist nearly, try the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists’ referral directory.

Developed by the National Coalition for Sexual Health, the Guide to Sexual Concerns and Pleasure helps individuals perceive widespread sexual issues and take motion to handle them. Available on-line, this free information contains: widespread sexual issues and their causes; sensible options, comparable to self-education, companion communication, and looking for well being care and/or remedy; scripts for speaking with companions and professionals; and assets to study extra.

About the National Coalition for Sexual Health
The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), with over 200 members, together with main nationwide well being, medical and client organizations, is working collectively to enhance sexual well being and well-being throughout the lifespan. For extra info:

About the Kinsey Institute
For virtually 75 years, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University ( has been the premier analysis institute on human sexuality and relationships and a trusted supply for evidence-based info on crucial points in sexuality, gender, and replica. The Kinsey Institute’s analysis program integrates scholarly fields together with neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, historical past, and gender research. The Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections embody over 500,000 objects spanning 2,000 years of human sexual habits and are a vacation spot analysis assortment for students and college students. Kinsey Institute outreach contains touring artwork exhibitions, public scholarship, analysis lectures, and a human sexuality training program.

* Methodological Notes: This survey was independently funded by Lovehoney ( and carried out by Prodege ( amongst a demographically consultant pattern of 2,000 U.S. Adults age 18-45, with an oversample of 200 respondents who determine as LGBTQ, by way of a web-based survey, from May 27, 2021 to June 5, 2021. The pattern was balanced to make sure dependable and correct illustration of the U.S. inhabitants on age, gender, family earnings, area, and ethnicity. Results of any pattern are topic to sampling variation. For functions of this press launch, solely knowledge from the 18-35 demographic are offered.

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