Condom sales soar as Covid restrictions are lifted

Condom sales spike in the US and UK as we finally approach the end of the Covid-19 lockdown

Condom sales soar as Covid restrictions are lifted. Suparat Malipoom / EyeEm/Getty
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Condom sales have skyrocketed on both sides of the Atlantic in the past few months—and we fully approve. 

As Covid-19 restrictions ease and the vaccine rollout speeds up in the US and UK, it looks like people everywhere are desperate to get back to socializing—in the sheets, that is. While there's absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of self-pleasure (all hail rabbit vibrators), nothing can beat the feeling of some good old-fashioned human canoodling. 

Condoms have been flying off the shelves in the US, with sales increasing by over 23% from March 2021 to April 2021. CVS, the country's largest drug store, revealed that they have experienced a 'substantial growth' in condom sales in the past few weeks. Walgreens, the second biggest pharmacy in the US, has enjoyed a rise in sales of the disposable contraceptive too.

The UK has also seen a major spike in online purchases of condoms, with Superdrug's sales for the rubber contraceptives jumping by 65%. Other sexual health products like lube, STI testing kits, and emergency contraception have also become more popular in the past month. Superdrug believes these sales will continue to grow in the build-up to June 21, the government's scheduled date for the final day of lockdown. 

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This recent inflation of condom sales is no surprise. Covid-19 restrictions have affected countless people's sex lives, impacting single individuals and couples living apart in particular. Now that it's safe to hook up again, many people are putting down their vibrators (temporarily!) and dialing up the in-person intimacy. 

Ruby Rare, a sex educator and body-positive advocate, explains why we're so hungry to jump back into bed again. "We’re craving that sense of freedom, of getting outside our bubbles and meeting new people for all forms of connection, including sex," she tells Metro UK. 

The lovemaking expert also emphasizes the importance of sex for our health and wellbeing, especially after a year in lockdown. The chronic lack of physical contact hasn't been great for our self-esteem, leaving many of us "touch-starved." 

Luckily, we've had plenty of time to research the best sex positions during the downtime, and are more than prepared to put them into practice. 

"We’re also ready to have fun and sex is a wonderful way to tap into that, which isn’t emphasized nearly enough." 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.