Allergies = Allergic to Sex

September 17, 2009

As if having allergies wasn’t bad enough, now a new study shows that those suffering allergies have less sex.

The new study, published in Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, found that 83 percent of people with allergies report that their allergies impact their sex lives and result in having less frequent sex.

The study of 700 people was conducted by Dr. Michael S. Benninger and a colleague, both from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr. Benninger says it’s understandable that people with allergies have less sex. He says, “"If you can't breathe, and your nose is running, and your eyes are itchy, and you're sneezing, and you feel awful and you feel tired, you don't feel very sexy."

The report did not ask participants why their allergies were hampering their sex lives, but suggested that it may be due to symptoms decreasing the “satisfaction of sexual activity" and that people suffering from allergies feel less sexy or may be “embarrassed by their symptoms” and “avoid intimate contact."

Dr. Benninger hopes the research will spur discussion between allergy sufferers and their doctors because “allergies should not be a factor that impacts intimacy and sexual activity."

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