In survey data released by the makers of EpiCor, an immune ingredient for dietary supplements, two-thirds of Americans admitted they don't try to maintain their normal sex life while experiencing cold and flu symptoms. The anonymous public survey was conducted online on January 30 through Toluna QuickSurveys. Five hundred responses were received.
The survey asked participants their opinions on how cold and flu symptoms affect their romantic and sexual behavior. Results of the survey found that:
- More than a third (36.8 percent) of respondents claim to have used a cold or flu, or would use the excuse of a cold or flu, to get out of a date
- 57 percent of participants said they would rather have sex while having a broken arm than with a severe cold or flu
- 35.2 percent said a runny nose would keep them from kissing their partner
- More than a third have missed one or more romantic dates because of a cold or flu
- 55.4 percent of participants said they would not have sex with someone they desire if that person had the cold or flu
- More than half of participants said they wait at least one and up to seven days or more to have sex after their partner has gotten over a cold or flu
Studies have shown how colds and flu can affect the quality of life through missed school, poor sleep and lost productivity at work, but no studies have been conducted to measure how colds and flu affect an adult's love life. Forty percent of respondents in the survey reported getting two or more colds per year. The results of the survey suggest that illnesses might have a greater effect on quality of life than previously studied. According to the CDC, peak cold and flu activity typically begins in January and reaches its height in February.
The participants in the survey were 51 percent female and 49 percent mail. Nearly two-thirds were married or in a steady relationship. There was a relatively equal cross section of age with 31 percent being 18 to 34-years-old, 38 percent being 35 to 54-years-old and 31 percent were 55-years-old or older. The survey was sponsored by Embria Health Sciences.