The long-term side effects of Covid can ruin your love life as loss of taste and smell is linked to a drop in sex drive, a leading psychologist warns.
- Psychologist says Covid sufferers may need family counseling in the future
- Dr. Robert King said loss of smell, symptom of Covid, can ruin relationships
- He said research has shown that if a woman’s sense of smell changes, it can change attractiveness.
- His research showed that women who are attracted to their partner’s scent experience better orgasms.
A leading psychologist has warned that Covid-19 sufferers may need future sexual therapy or marriage counseling if the virus damages their sense of smell.
Loss of smell and taste is a common symptom of the coronavirus. Sometimes this is temporary, but other patients have reported long-term problems.
Dr. Robert King said that smell is so important to the power of attraction that losing it – or changing it – due to the coronavirus can destroy relationships.
He warned that women could suffer the most.
Dr. Robert King has warned that Covid patients may need sex therapy or marriage counseling in the future if the virus damages their sense of smell (file image)
He added that previous research has shown that if a woman’s sense of smell is altered by factors such as birth control pills, it can “drastically change” her attraction to a partner.
Dr. King’s own research found that women who described their partner’s scent as attractive experienced more intense orgasms.
An expert from University College Cork in Ireland said his study found that the scent of an attractive partner was better than any other characteristic at predicting “energetic, deep and energetic orgasmic responses”.
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Other studies have shown that women have more cells in the area of the brain that is sensitive to smells than men.
Dr. King said it’s likely that women have evolved these extra brain cells to pick up signals that will help them find a biologically compatible partner so they can produce healthy babies.
He added: “While what exactly a partner’s sense of smell signals is not disputed, it is not disputed that smell matters, especially for women, whose increased sensitivity to smells and a 40 percent increased density of … nervous tissue. [in this area] presumably doing something important.
“Therefore, it is likely that sex therapists, marriage counselors, and others like them will see the effects of Covid in the coming months and years,” he wrote in a letter to the scientific journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Some scientists believe that a person’s natural scent conveys information about their immune system.
It is believed that we prefer the smell of a potential partner whose immune genes are so different from ours that we are likely to have a healthy baby.
Women may have developed greater sensitivity in this area because their “reproductive investment” – nine months of pregnancy – is longer than that of men.”
If a woman’s child dies, she will be less likely to reproduce again and therefore will not pass on her genes.
Dr. King said, “Thus, [natural] selection has rewarded especially choosy women.”
In a 2021 Italian study, a 29-year-old woman who had Covid-related loss of smell told researchers: “Without any smells and with this strange bitter taste when we kiss, my boyfriend became a complete stranger to me. My sex drive is gone… I left him.”