While worldwide condom sales have fallen during the Covid-19 pandemic, unintended births may be expected in some countries

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For Malaysian company Karex, worldwide sales fell by as much as 40%.

Why? Hotel stays fell, the sex industry shut down almost completely, and governments bought far fewer condoms as they distributed far fewer condoms.

This hasn’t necessarily meant that people are having sex less. In some countries, it will mean more unintended pregnancies; perhaps a baby boom!

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Condom sales in China are bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels as the government lifts stay-at-home restrictions, according to Narasimhan.

https://nypost.com/2020/04/30/condom-sales-are-flaccid-as-coronavirus-keeps-hookups-on-lockdown/

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Outlook

Report Predicts 1 Million Unintended Pregnancies As Covid Hits Condom Sales

Released by a group of India’s most prominent condom manufacturers and suppliers, India’s first-ever Condomology report shows a 48% dip in condom sales in India during the lockdown in 2020.

Jeevan Prakash Sharma

Published: 28 May 2021, Updated: 28 May 2021 2:48 pm

India’s first-ever Condomology report, released on May 27, shows that condom sales dipped by 48 percent due to increased inaccessibility during the three-month lockdown in 2020. The annual decline in sales stays at 35%.

Released by Condom Alliance, a group of India’s most prominent condom manufacturers and suppliers, the report highlights how Covid-19 limited 25 million Indian couples’ access to contraceptives. Nearly 1 million unintended pregnancies are expected in a year as a result of the lack of accessibility to contraceptives.

Condom Alliance focuses on increasing contraceptive use and reviving contraceptive markets in order to align with the Government of India’s commitment to Family Planning 2020 among other things.

“The WORLD AIDS Day report 2020 also suggests there could be an estimated 123,000 to 293,000 new HIV infections and 69,000 to 148,000 AIDS-related deaths between 2020 and 2022 globally due to the pandemic’s long-term impact,” the condomology report said.

Ravi Bhatnagar, Founding Member, Condom Alliance says that it is important to address the challenge and make condoms more accessible during the pandemic.

“Many startups such as Dunzo and Delhivery have come up for home delivery of consumable and non-consumable products. Couples can use them to order condoms,” Bhatnagar said.

He also suggests that dating applications like Tinder and Bumble can play a significant role to educate people about the use of condoms for safe and healthy sex. 

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-condom-report-covid-hits-condom-sale-accessibility-emerges-a-major-challenge/383764

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Business Insider

Durex condom sales are slumping as ‘intimate occasions’ disappear during the coronavirus pandemic

Kate Taylor Jul 17, 2020, 2:16 AM

Sales of Durex condoms are slumping during the pandemic, according to parent company Reckitt Benckiser’s CEO Laxman Narasimhan. 

“The number of intimate occasions is down in a few countries because, if you think of it, the level of socialization is low, and so it has had an impact on Durex,” Narasimhan told CNBC. 

The coronavirus pandemic is destroying opportunities to have sex, resulting in a condom sales slump. 

Laxman Narasimhan, the CEO of Durex parent company Reckitt Benckiser, told CNBC on Thursday that the condom brand has seen sales decline during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The number of intimate occasions is down in a few countries because, if you think of it, the level of socialization is low, and so it has had an impact on Durex,” Narasimhan said. 

The pandemic has created new barriers around sexual relationships, as people shelter in place and avoid human interaction.

Many have found themselves wondering similar questions to that posed by BuzzFeed News in April: “Will Single People Ever Have Sex Again?” Wary of human interaction, some people are turning to AI-powered sex robots, sending sales skyrocketing by 50% during the pandemic. 

Narasimhan told The Guardian in April that even people who were already in relationships before the pandemic are having less sex, blaming anxiety related to the coronavirus for dry spells among UK couples. 

https://www.businessinsider.com/durex-condom-sales-slump-as-intimate-occasions-decline-2020-7

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The Guardian

Thu 30 Apr 2020 13.35 BST

Condom sales down as lockdown limits sex lives, says Durex maker

This article is more than 1 year old

Physical distancing rules to limit coronavirus spread taking toll on ‘number of intimate occasions’

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/30/condom-sales-down-as-lockdown-limits-sex-lives-says-durex-makers

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Condom companies are the latest victims of the coronavirus.

There’s no love in the time of coronavirus for contraceptive businesses, whose sales have taken a worldwide dive as isolationists abstain from sex during quarantine. The unfortunate news comes a mere month after COVID-19 concerns caused the globe’s biggest condom producer to shut down.

Laxman Narasimhan, chief executive of Durex’s parent company Reckitt Benckiser, attributed the flaccid profit margins to the stringent social-distancing precautions taking a “toll on the number of intimate occasions in the UK,” reports the Guardian.

Since March 23, the UK and other countries have been under a nationwide lockdown that, among other restrictions, forced couples to choose between quarantining together and isolating separately. Singles, too, have been faced with the prospect of abstinence or throwing caution to the wind with a risky Tinder hookup.

As a result, UK youths and their counterparts in Italy are having a lot less hanky panky than before, according to the Reckitt boss. Last week the hygiene giant sold a record amount of disinfectant as isolationists scrambled to stock up on anti-COVID supplies, reports Reuters.

The coronavirus isn’t just affecting casual hookups. Narasimhan says established UK couples are having less sex as well, which he calls a “manifestation of anxiety” caused by the coronavirus. Meanwhile, their US counterparts have resorted to cyber affairs to beat the boudoir doldrums, dispelling the notion that a couple that stays together lays together.

Fortunately, Reckitt Benckiser predicts that the nation’s flatlining condom demand will be back at full mast before long. Case in point: condom sales in China are bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels as the government lifts stay-at-home restrictions, according to Narasimhan.

https://nypost.com/2020/04/30/condom-sales-are-flaccid-as-coronavirus-keeps-hookups-on-lockdown/

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