Make Sexual Health a Priority

May 9, 2019   Sexual Health

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A healthy sex life can do wonders for reducing stress levels, improving your quality of sleep, and strengthening your relationship with your partner. That’s right — sex can make you healthier! However, maintaining a healthy sex life is easier said than done.

Many factors contribute to a woman’s sexual health and libido. To enjoy a healthy and active sex life, your body and mind must work in tandem. As with exercise and nutrition, it takes effort — but it’s important. If your sexual health is currently on the back burner, now is the time to make it a priority.

Intimacy: Your Body Knows Best

When it comes to intimacy, your body knows what to do, triggering hormonal reactions, increasing arousal, and reaching orgasm. Physical reactions play a significant role in one's sexual health. It is important to pay attention to these responses, or lack thereof, to ensure everything is functioning properly. Be sure to consult your physician to treat any issues.

The following symptoms can occur naturally with age (and are treatable!):
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during sex
  • Low sex drive
  • Inability to orgasm
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Communication: Be Open and Honest with Yourself and Your Loved One

Your emotional and mental well-being has a significant effect on your sexual desire and overall health. Because each of us requires different stimuli and connections for arousal, it’s important to be open and honest with yourself and your partner and discuss both of your needs. Having an open dialogue will not only make you both feel more comfortable but can also enhance your intimacy.

Here are a few topics to consider:

Your comfort level. If you’re feeling anxious about sex, voice your concerns to your partner. Physical and emotional changes such as weight gain and stress are common influencers in dampening a woman’s sex drive. While it may feel awkward to talk about your feelings surrounding sex, simply having the conversation can help ease any discomfort and provide a strong foundation to build upon in the future.

Your definition of romance. It’s not uncommon for you and your partner to have a different perception of romance and the role it plays in your relationship. Experiment with different activities outside of the bedroom that you both find romantic. For example, dressing up for dinner at a fancy restaurant, attending a movie you’ll both enjoy, or even just sharing an evening in together can bring you closer and enhance the passion felt in the bedroom.

Your intimacy needs. The combination of emotional and physical factors that arouse you are likely different than those of your partner. Celebrate what fuels your sex drive and have a conversation about them. If one of these needs isn’t being met, it’s natural that you may become less interested in sex. Work with your partner to make sure your intimacy needs, and theirs, are both satisfied to enhance your sexual relationship.

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Kristin Yates, DO

It's normal for your interest in sexual activity to change over time. However, intercourse should be comfortable and enjoyable no matter what age you are.

— Kristin Yates, D.O.

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