If your s£x life has been in the pits for a while and you can’t seem to pinpoint the reason why, you’re not alone. Many couples face a lack of intimacy and physical intercourse more often than they’d like, and there are several common reasons why s£x lives come up less than satisfying. Here are a few reasonings and some suggestions on how you can improve your physical intimacy.
1. You don’t make the time for it
We all lead busy lives, from demanding careers to personal dealings, which keep us on our toes. And it most certainly doesn’t become any easier to manage personal and business when a couple has children. When bills are due, your boss is on your back about deadlines and your kids need to be fed and put to bed, it’s easy to put s£x on the back burner.
For the ambitious couple who’ve gone down the route of entrepreneurship, the work never stops, and fitting s£x into one’s schedule is an even finer balancing act. But simply put: if you’re not making the time to work on your s£x life as you do every other aspect of your life, then your s£xuality within your relationship will suffer.
Many may rebut and say, “There simply isn’t time to fit s£x in with all of my responsibilities.” But as the old saying goes, “You make time for what you feel is important.” The first thing you have to do as a couple and individually is determine how important s£x really is to you. How often do you desire s£x, and how often would you like to have it ideally? It’s important to set those standards for your s£x life.
If s£x is something you only see as an act of procreation or only acceptable on special occasions, then you’ve already set your standards for your s£x life: only for when children are desired and only on holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. But if s£x is desired more often as a way to deepen intimacy within a relationship, then establish a set s£x schedule for when you and your partner will have your erotic playtime.
If s£x is important to the both of you, then making a schedule will be more than possible. Take time to sync your schedules and find time between childcare and career obligations to get it in. Use a calendar to write in your appointments and place it somewhere visible within the bedroom to emphasize importance.
2. Your interests have changed
With each passing day, you have experiences that rework and shift your mind about how you view the world around you. And if your mind is changing about basic needs and recreation, then you can rest assured that your interests in s£x shift as well.
Sometimes a s£x life slumps when one person or the other has desires that haven’t been discussed or fulfilled. A partner who once thought anal s£x wasn’t a thing to do may now have a sudden interest in trying back door entry for the first time; that tongue trick that’s always used during foreplay may have gotten tired and a new form of foreplay is desired. Whatever the case, your s£x life could be suffering because you’re now interested in deeper seksual practices.
If this is the case, don’t be afraid to communicate your desires to your partner. S/He may be just as interested in spicing things up as you are, but you’ll never know until you ask. It’s healthy to discuss changes with your partner within your seksuality as mindsets rearrange, because no one person will remain the same. As you update your wardrobe and your taste in wine and music, make a commitment to discuss your new desires and interests within s£xuality and upgrade your standards for s£x.
3. You rarely talk about s£x
S£xuality is definitely a hot topic, but it’s not always an easy subject to open up about in one’s personal life. Years of s£xual shaming, lack of regular s£xual education, and life lessons learned in religious practices can sometimes cause one to become less likely to discuss s£x, even within the security of a loving and committed relationship.
It’s rare that a couple that doesn’t speak about s£x holds it as a priority, and they’re more than likely having less s£x than they’d like. Studies have shown that couples who talk about s£x regularly are more comfortable with talking during the act of s£x and report having more satisfying erotic lives overall. Knowing the right words to say or how to initiate the conversation are common hang-ups for many when it comes to improving communication about s£x, but there are ways to improve.
By pinpointing areas of discomfort in communicating about s£x and determining the cause of discomfort, couples can move past blocks that are restricting healthy talks about intimacy and physical pleasure. Enlisting the help of a seks therapist or a s£x coach can be helpful in aiding couples to move past communication blocks.
4. Your s£x education is outdated
Most adults have moved years beyond their high school s£x ed class (if one was ever taken in the first place). So the basics of s£xual anatomy, STD awareness, prevention and family planning might be understood, but the mechanics of physical s£x are often left untaught and underappreciated. No one person is hard wired with s£xual skills in their DNA. Everything must be taught or learned in the act. There are some who have little experience and a lack of education, and this further dampens a couple’s s£x life.
In this case, couples should enter into adult s£x ed individually and as a couple, whether through reading self help books or enrolling in s£x ed classes taught by instructors online and in real space. Life is all about learning, so invest in your s£x life by enrolling in some s£x education classes or by getting one-on-one coaching.
5. Your health and hormones have shifted
One often overlooked aspect of s£xuality is how overall health has an affect on its expression. Very rarely does one link wellness with high libido, but we should. Many Africans are suffering from ailments like diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, kidney disease and obesity that are known to suppress the libido. If the body isn’t in full health, the first thing to suffer is the s£x drive.
Also, conditions that affect hormonal levels can also hit the libido hard. Childbirth, aging, prostate, uterine or cervical cancer, neurological issues, stress and anxiety are just a few things that can send hormones through the floor. Stay on top of your health by leading a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise, clean eating and stress relieving activities.
If any of these ailments are currently plaguing you, continue to monitor your conditions by sticking to regular treatments. Some medications can lower libido as a side effect, so talk to your doctor about alternatives that won’t make your s£x drive a casualty.
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