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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sexual behavior of the population. The vision of the east and the west

  • Ibarra, François Peinado1
  • Mehrad, Mehri2
  • Mauro, Marina Di3
  • Godoy, Maria Fernanda Peraza4, 5
  • Cruz, Eduard García6, 7
  • Nilforoushzadeh, Mohammad Ali2
  • Russo, Giorgio Ivan3
  • 1 Department of Urology, Hospital Quirón Salud Juan Bravo, Madrid, Spain, Madrid , (Spain)
  • 2 Skin and Stem Cell Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Tehran , (Iran)
  • 3 Department of Surgery and Urology Section, University of Catania, Catania, Italy, Catania , (Italy)
  • 4 Department of Andrology, Fundació Puigvert Barcelona, Spain, Spain , (Spain)
  • 5 Director Healthy Pleasure Lab London United Kingdom. Spain, Spain , (Spain)
  • 6 Department of Urology, Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Barcelona , (Spain)
  • 7 Member of Healthy Pleasure Lab. Madrid, Spain, Madrid , (Spain)
Published Article
International Brazilian Journal of Urology : official journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Sociedade Brasileira de Urologia
Publication Date
Jul 27, 2020
Suppl 1
DOI: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2020.S116
PMID: 32550703
PMCID: PMC7719991
PubMed Central
  • Review Article


The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way of life around the World. The state of alarm has forced the population to stay at home, radically changing both interpersonal and partner relationships; work at home, social distancing, the continued presence of children at home, fear of infection and not being able to physically meet with others have changed most people's sexual habits. We conducted a review by exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sexual behavior in the population from three different countries: Iran, Italy and Spain from each country's perspective. The impact of the coronavirus will be very important in the sexual life of the people and we will attend in the next months or years, to some changes in the relationships at all the levels. The pandemic will negatively affect sexual behaviors due to multiple contact restrictions. In the future, we will be able to assess these effects in more detail.

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