What is it like to have sex in space?

It is indisputable that the idea of ​​creating sustainable settlements on the Moon or Mars, takes into account the issue of sex. Although after almost 50 years of space travel there seems to be no movement of this kind outside the borders of our planet (at least that is what NASA maintains), the tourist space trips that are planned for next year, the pretensions of create settlements both on the neighboring planet and on our satellite, and the increasingly long spacewalks of the astronauts puts the subject inescapably on the table.

According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, NASA does not prohibit sexual activity during space travel, although it points out that high professional standards, strict schedules, tight rooms and constant monitoring from the control of the ground are the culprits of reducing the tension between the astronauts. For the space agency, there is still a need to resolve how to keep physically healthy crew members on an interplanetary voyage, as it is not yet known with certainty how, among other factors, prolonged exposure to a gravity different from that of Earth affects.

A not so pleasant experience. "Sex is very difficult in zero gravity, apparently, because you do not have traction and you keep hitting the walls," said biologist Athena Andreadis, from the University of Massachusetts (USA). "Think about it: you do not have friction, you have no resistance." "You have to be constantly making sure that you do not separate and you can reach the climax without it becoming a real nightmare. It could be much harder and less satisfying than people think, "explains NASA biologist Paul Wolpe.

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Another drawback (at least if any of the members is a man) is the erection: the blood does not flow very well in zero gravity, as this article by Quo, which complicates the matter quite a bit. And do not forget the sweat: there is no gravity for this to be released from the body, so it accumulates in layers and clings to the skin turning the bodies into a kind of floating bubbles, something that does not seem particularly comfortable.

Gravity would affect conception. Laura Woodmansee, American journalist author of the books Women in Space: Fresh Careers at the Final Frontier and Sex in Space tells Space.com that, although we have been studying the health of astronauts in orbit for half a century, it has never been investigated how the human reproductive system responds to the microgravity of the orbit of the Earth, the low gravity of the Moon or Mars or the hypergravity of a giant planet. A study published in the journal PLOS One, states that conception in zero gravity could cause problems in both babies and their mothers.

In the absence of human data, the researchers worked with plant cells that, growing in low gravity, saw intracellular transport damaged, making communication between them difficult and hampering normal cell growth. Intracellular transport is key to the healthy development of many human cells, especially neurons in the brain. If the growth of these cells is similar to that of the plant cells observed in this study, this problem could cause cancer and neuronal diseases, such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, which imply deficiencies in cellular communication.

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