This week the government introduced new measures in England that prevent people from socialising (or gathering) with one person from outside of their household in a private space.
The new measures mean that sex in your house with someone from outside of your household is illegal during the coronavirus lockdown.
Up until now the person visiting a house for sex would have been the one in breach of the measures.
But now both people would technically be able to be prosecuted under the law, with Amendment Regulations introduced in Parliament.
While we haven't been able to get close to anyone from outside our household for months, this news may still have been a cause for concern for some people hoping restrictions would be lifted soon.
As such, sex-positive journalist and YouTuber Nadia Bokody has shared some top tips with Mirror Online on how to survive this 'sex ban'.
The Australian sexpert sympathised with all those who are on their own during this time or are separated from their significant other.
She said: "Sex is a fundamental human need, and so it's absolutely reasonable that there are a lot of people struggling with the strict restrictions around meeting a partner for sex. However, we need to be smart and safe.
"As crushing as it is for single people and those separated from their significant others right now, there are alternatives to stay sexually connected and have a sexual release.
"Masturbation is freely accessible to everyone and completely safe. If you're especially sexually frustrated, you're not going to do yourself any harm by masturbating multiple times a day – something a lot of readers often ask me about. Trust me, you won't injure yourself masturbating frequently, just use personal lubricant to avoid excessive friction if you're planning on getting off several times a day.
"I strongly encourage people to take up regular masturbation during quarantine. Besides easing sexual tension, it's a great stress reliever in these difficult times we're living through, and research additionally suggests it naturally boosts immunity, which is all the more reason to do it!
"Also consider mutual masturbation with your lover over a Facetime call or video chat. Set the scene by dimming the lighting and dressing sexy before the call, then unleash the dirty talk and undress and touch yourself. While it's admittedly not going to compare to in-person intercourse, phone or video sex is a great way to nurture your sexual connection with your partner, and keep you from climbing the walls in quarantine."
As well as masturbation, Nadia goes on to suggest that people test out new toys and technology.
"For people with partners, there is now incredible technology to allow you to maintain a sexual connection from afar," she explains.
"Remote control couples devices and vibrators such as WeVibe's wearable Moxie vibrator, which can be controlled via an app on your partner's phone – even if they are in a completely different country to you – are an incredible way to maintain a hot sex life while you're separated."
She adds: "We've been taught there's only one way to have sex, and that that involves in-person penetration. In reality, sex exists on a spectrum.
"You can have sex on your own via masturbating with your hands or toys, you can have virtual online sex, watch porn, fantasise or even join an online sex party.
"By abandoning the idea that sex is simply a penis penetrating a vagina, and is in fact something you can experience solo, you can allow yourself to explore the many pleasurable layers of a full and diverse sex life and educate yourself on what kinds of touch your body enjoys most in the process."
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