COUPLES who romped regularly in lockdown were much less likely to suffer the blues.
Lovers were 32 per cent more likely to develop anxiety if restrictions put a stop to their nookie.
Sex-starved pairs barred from meeting up also had a 34 per cent increased chance of suffering from depression, a study found.
The results highlight the potential impact of the ban on people from different households meeting for romps.
Researchers from the University of Rome Tor Vergata polled 7,000 Italians with an average age of 33 about their sex lives and mental health.
They found those who continued to have sex during lockdown were less anxious, less depressed and had generally happier relationships.
Dr Daniele Mollaioli said: “The Covid-19 lockdown dramatically impacted on the psychological, relational and sexual health of the population.
“Sexual activity played a protective effect, in both genders, on the quarantine-related plague of anxiety and mood disorders.”
Earlier this year, Government adviser Prof Neil Ferguson resigned from his role after infamously breaking lockdown rules to meet his married lover.
The scientist, whose doomsday modelling spooked Boris Johnson into action, allowed Antonia Staats to twice visit his home.
The study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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