Scientists call for urgent research on sex in space: Unpredictable consequences may occur

By TravelWiseJul 29, 2023 17:55 PMNews
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Scientists call for urgent research on sex in space: Unpredictable consequences may occur
Scientists warn space tourists against sex . Source: Pexels

Space tourism is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Scientists predict that the next decade will be a breakthrough in this area that may lead to intimate relationships between travellers being inevitable.

However, no couple has ever had sex in space, scientists say. David Cullen, a professor of bioanalytical technology at Cranfield University, describes the possible risks in his article.

Scientists are concerned not about sexual intercourse but about the possibility of accidental or intentional conception of children. Although professional astronauts have not had intimate contact due to ethical rules and constant monitoring, sexual relations in space have not been studied yet.

"After decades of human spaceflight, we already know that weightlessness and increased levels of ionising radiation have a profound effect on our bodies. We don't know how it will affect the physiological processes of reproduction," David Cullen warned.

Scientists call for urgent research on sex in space: Unpredictable consequences may occur
Scientists are concerned about the possibility of conceiving children in space. Source: Pexels

According to the professor, there is an unknown potential for abnormalities in the development of human embryos conceived in space. In addition, there may be an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy in zero gravity.

All of this can have a detrimental effect on the unborn child's body, so sexual contact during space travel may need to be prohibited.

The effectiveness of contraceptives has not been studied in zero gravity.

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