Sex in space? It’s a taboo topic for space agencies… but it will happen!

Humanity is getting closer and closer to interplanetary travel and wider space exploration. More accessible travel, open to ordinary people, tourism that will lead to much more human space. Sex off Earth seems to be a taboo subject for space agencies.

Now, a group of Canadian scientists has proposed developing “sexology in space”.


Sex in space, is it a forbidden subject?

The topic is a thorny one, since off-Earth sex is taboo in aerospace agencies. However, a group, led by Simon Dubé, a researcher at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, published an article at the end of last year, called “The Case for Space Sexology”.

According to what was written, the scientists argue that “although space science may take us into outer space, it will be human relationships that will determine whether we flourish as a space-occupying civilization.”

The thesis also argues that life in habitats spacecraft can influence astronauts’ reproductive and sexual functions, restrict privacy, impose new abstinence and intimate hygiene protocols, and increase the risk of interpersonal conflicts.

Despite this, they say that little attention is being directed to the sexual issue in space.

To fill this gap, there is a proposal for the development of a new field of study, the so-called sexology of space.

To move forward, organizations in the field must stop shunning sexual topics and fully recognize the importance of love, sex, and intimate relationships in human life.

The scientists wrote in a joint text published in September 2021 in the online scientific journal “The Conversation”.

As they are from Canada, the researchers propose that the country’s space agency, CSA, be a pioneer in the development of the theme, to be a pioneer in a subject that seems to distance the other agencies.

Image beds in space inside the ISS

A controversial subject at NASA

This issue has been a hot topic at NASA. In fact, the space agency say it now that “it may be time to study sex in space, as experts say it is ‘crucial’ for long-haul missions to the Moon and Mars.”

So, if in the past the space agency considered that sexual activity in space could disturb the harmony of the crew and, as such, cause problems in the accomplishment of the missions, today the matter is changing.

One of the arguments to justify NASA’s lack of interest in the matter will be the fact that this institution is a public agency that is financed by state funds. As a result, there is pressure from conservative parliamentarians for funds not to be invested in this type of study.

“No investigation has ever explored intimate relationships, nor the human experience of sexual functions and well-being, whether in space or on space analogues, nor how this can affect crew performance.

Dubé said in an interview with American site Mic.

Illustration of sperm behavior in space

But how does sex in space work?

It is not known. One of the most curious questions raised by Canadian scientists is that, since space exploration began, there have been studies on how it affects virtually all human functions, such as blood flow, muscle strength and the skeleton, and even the balance of hormones.

However, not much is known about the effects of space exploration on the reproductive system.

Despite the lack of research in modern times, since the Soviet Union launched the Mir station into space in the 1980s, which allowed astronauts to stay in space for months, the need to talk about sex in space has increased.

At the time, the international press questioned whether (if there had already been sex in space) there were differences to the sex practiced on Earth.

NASA reported having carried out reproductive experiments with flies, amphibians, birds and rodents. In 2018, however, scientists Alex Layendecker and Shawna Pandya reviewed the data from these experiments and, in a paper on reproduction in space, said that “there is not enough information to conclude whether reproductive processes can occur successfully in space.”

Furthermore, they pointed out that data from animal models may not apply to humans.


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