Are your bad habits negatively affecting your sex life? Good sex doesn’t just boil down to technique, a good partner, confidence and a dash of the sexy background music of your choice. The sex we have can be impacted, for better or worse, by how we feel, what we’re putting into our bodies, and a whole host of other more insidious factors. The good thing is, great sex is yours for the taking – and you can start by kicking these three habits to the curb.
It’s 2013, which means we’ve long known the significant negative effects smoking can have on our health. Regardless, many men and women still partake - but perhaps we’d all stub out the ciggies for good if we knew smoking could wreck havoc with our sex lives.
A bunch of studies have linked smoking with make impotence, but there’s little research on the effects of smoking on women’s sexual health. Since men and women are basically built the same, apart from a few obvious differences, many experts suggest it stands to reason that the same negative impact on male sexual health can affect women as well.
Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it tightens blood vessels, restricts blood flow, and has been shown to cause permanent damage to arteries. This is the key reason smoking impacts the ability of a man to get hard.
For women, the labia, clitoris and vagina all swell during sexual arousal to enhance sensation and pleasure. It’s pretty reasonable to assume that, since nicotine can restrict blood flow and cause erectile dysfunction in men, it’s likely that blood flow is restricted in women as well, which may have a negative effect on sensation during sexy time.
Overindulgence in Alcohol
Before you roll your eyes and skip to the next post, hear me out. I’m not suggesting we all need to refrain from alcohol altogether, but the negative impact of overindulgence in terms of sexual performance and enjoyment is scientifically proven. Like, it’s a science fact, girls.
Alcohol reduces sexual sensitivity in both women and men, and can increase the likelihood of being disappointed when you’re trying to get freaky after a few. It’s pretty common knowledge that alcohol can cause erection difficulties in men (those boners are fickle things) but did you know that excessive alcohol consumption in women can lead to reduced lubrication, difficulties reaching orgasm, or even less intense orgasms?
Alcohol dehydrates the body, which impacts sexual performance, but is also a central nervous system depressant, which means it can inhibit respiration, circulation and the sensitivity of nerve endings – all of which are important for sexual arousal and orgasm.
Being a Stress Head
Stress is an emotional state, but it can also be a bad habit many of us fall into a cycle of perpetuating. Stress itself sucks, but the fact that it has been proven to negatively affect our sex lives sucks even more.
Stress takes a toll on your physical, emotional and mental health, so it’s really only common sense that being a stress head is going to ruin all the fun you should be having in the sack. Stress can sap our energy levels, and no one wants to get frisky when they’re feeling sluggish. Cortisol is one of the hormones produced when we’re stressed, which can suppress sex hormones and negatively impact our libidos if elevated levels of this chemical are produced for a prolonger period of time.
Worse still, the hormones produced when we’re stressed can impact our metabolism, which can lead to weight gain, which can lead to negative body image, which can also lead to less satisfying sex. Boo hiss.
Want better sex? Ditch the fags, drink in moderation, and quit stressing. The good news? Sex is a natural stress reliever, so the more sex and orgasms you have, the less stressed you’ll feel. Go figure. Well done, Mother Nature.
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