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Coronavirus crisis: COVID-19 pandemic 'causing surge in sex toy sales'

Coronavirus crisis: COVID-19 pandemic 'causing surge in sex toy sales'

A New Zealand adult toy store has reported a surge in sales of vibrators, lubricants and batteries — and says it’s all down to the coronavirus.

Adulttoymegastore owner Nicole Relph says the sales spike was first noticed after the World Health Organisation declared COVID-13 a pandemic.

“We’re hearing from our customers that they’re stockpiling batteries and lubrication in case they’re stuck inside due to self-isolation,” she said.

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“Our customers have told us they’re avoiding crowds and they want something to do while they’re stuck at home. They’re also not on Tinder or going on dates because they’re worried about COVID-19.”

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The tongue-in-cheek statement pointed to research completed in 2018 that showed masturbation can strengthen your immune system.

“It has been known for a long time that orgasms help you relax your body and calm your mind meaning a better sleep which in turn means more time for your body to rest,” Ms Relph said.

“Rest is crucial in maintaining a high-functioning immune system. And when you climax your body gets that rush of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin — all of those feel good hormones”.