Background: Contact restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic affect people's social lives at various levels as well as their mental and sexual health.
Objective: The present study aimed to assess changes in sexual interests and experiences of residents in Germany during the first wave of social contact restrictions in early 2020.
Material and methods: In an anonymous online survey, answers to an open question regarding changes in sexuality due to contact restrictions were collected and subjected to Mayring's qualitative content analysis.
Results: The changes reported by 248 participants could be subsumed under the categories "sexual desire and arousability", "relationship", "sexual activities", "sexual interests and attitudes", "virtual sexual activities", "dating" and "sexual problems and dysfunctions".
Conclusion: Social distancing rules and restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have led to changes in sexuality and relationships, which should be considered in sexual and couple therapy settings.