Sexual and Reproductive Health during COVID-19 (coronavirus)
In 2020 we conducted an online survey that explored the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on the sexual and reproductive health of people aged 18+ who were living in Australia. We wanted to answer questions like: are people having more or less sex during the pandemic? Are people still using dating apps to hook-up? Will we have a COVID-19 baby boom? Can people still access essential sexual and reproductive health products like sanitary items and contraception? Are people putting off going to their doctor for a sexual health check? You can read some of the findings from our surveys in our study summaries below.
This study has been approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee, ID: 2056693.2. You can read more about the study in our Plain Language Statement. You can contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
We are a team of experienced sexual and reproductive health researchers from the Sexual Health Unit in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, the Department of General Practice and the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH).
Professor Jane Hocking (Lead Researcher)
Study Summary: Survey 1 (23rd April – 11th May 2020)
Study Summary: Survey 2 (11th – 29th June 2020)
Study Summary: Survey 3 (13th – 31st August 2020)
Study Summary: Survey 4 (24th November – 18th December 2020)
Love during lockdown: findings from an online survey examining the impact of COVID-19 on the sexual practices of people living in Australia, published in Sexually Transmitted Infections, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2020-054688
Contraceptive use and pregnancy plans among women of reproductive age during the first Australian COVID-19 lockdown: findings from an online survey, published in European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Healthcare. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13625187.2021.1884221
‘I didn’t want to visit a doctor unless it was extremely necessary’: perspectives on delaying access to sexual and reproductive health care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia from an online survey, published in Australian Journal of Primary Health, doi: https://doi.org/10.1071/PY21239
Changes to pubic hair removal practices during COVID-19 restrictions and impact on sexual intimacy, published in Culture, Health & Sexuality, doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2022.2056246
Access to period products during the first nation-wide lockdown in Australia: Results from an online survey, published in Women & Health, doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2022.2057631
Sexual behaviour during COVID-19: a repeated cross-sectional survey in Victoria, Australia, published in Sexual Health, doi: https://doi.org/10.1071/SH21235
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