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‘Reverse cow girl’ searched for by Britons more than 60,000 times in the last month

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on nearly aspect of our lives – including the way we are having sex. 

Searches for positions which do not require face-to-face contact have increased in numbers compared to before the virus struck, research shows. 

In the past month, ‘reverse cow girl’ has been searched for by Britons more than 60,000 times and ‘doggy’ has been looked up 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’. 

It comes after sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust advised sexual partners to avoid kissing, wear a face covering and choose positions which are not face-to-face during sex. 

The statistics were compiled by cleaning firm End of Tenancy London, which wanted to see which positions were most popular. 

The term ‘sex positions’ has been Googled 2.7 million times in the last month alone.

Placing third on the list of searches for non-face-to-face positions was the ‘spooning’, which also had 18,100 searches, up from 14,800 in January. 

Also in the list of nine is the ’69’ in fourth, with 12,100 searches in the past month, up from 8,100 in January.

The ‘wheelbarrow’ in fifth was searched for 880 times, up from 590 times in January. 

During the nationwide lockdown, couples who lived apart were ordered not to visit each other. 

But although couples can now see each other, they could minismise risk by having sex in all of the researched positions – whilst still following the Terrence Higgins Trust’s advice. 

The charity also suggested couples engage in ‘phone sex’ and use sex toys to replace in-person intimacy while the virus remains a threat.  

The guidance came after research carried out by the sexual clinic found that 84 per cent of people had abstained from sex outside of their immediate household because of the lockdown restrictions. 

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

In the guidance, the charity also advised the best sexual partner during the pandemic is yourself or someone you live with.  

Potential sexual partners were told to discuss Covid-19 and ask if they or anyone in their household have had symptoms or tested positive.

The charity also recommended not having sex if you feel unwell and to isolate if you have symptoms.

Sexual partners were advised to wash their hands for 20 seconds before and after sex to help reduce the risk.

Due to the ways Covid-19 is spread, the charity further recommended not kissing and wearing a face covering during intercourse. 

THT’s medical director Dr Michael Brady said: ‘Sex is a very important part of life and asking people to avoid sex indefinitely is not realistic.

‘That’s why, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we all need to find ways to balance our need for sex and intimacy with the risks of the spread of Covid-19.

‘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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