5 ways stress affects your sex life
11 October 2015, 09:54
We all experience stress daily. It’s not fun. It’s not easy. But it is a part of everyday life.
Managing all your different responsibilities like work, children, home life and social engagements can take its toll on you – and your libido.
It might be time to learn a few de-stressing techniques: go on holiday, or simply talk to someone about your problems.
Stress can drastically affect your body image
When you’re at your wit’s end, you’re not exactly feeling very sexy, now are you? Especially when it’s for a prolonged period of time and you begin to feel tired, worn out, and start picking up weight as a result. This means that you tend to like your body less, and are probably going to be less willing to shed your clothes in front of your partner.
You produce more cortisol
The steroid hormone (which is produced in your adrenal glands in response to stress) can really mess with your normal bodily functions – especially when it comes to what goes on between the sheets. When the body produces too much cortisol due to stress, the hormonal imbalance can cause many things, including irregularity in your menstrual cycle, and a low libido.
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You feel irritable, so you snap at your partner
We all do it. It’s easy to snap at the one person who is closest to you, or find them suddenly annoying when you’re stressed – even if it has nothing to do with them. But this does not exactly do great things for your sex life. Who wants to cuddle up to and be intimate with someone who is constantly biting their head off? Communication usually also goes out the window when we’re stressed and fighting with our partners - and communication is a very important part of sex.
You can’t orgasm
You’re too worried about that big task at work, or how you’re going to get the kids to school tomorrow, or the fact that you’ve gained 3kgs in a month out of nowhere – and you just can’t come. It could be anything from negative thoughts about yourself and your body, anger at your partner over a silly issue, or even fearing a loss of control over the situation.
It makes sex less pleasurable
Anything, from changes in your hormones (due to stress or physical changes such as menopause), or having sex when you’re not actually all that turned on, could cause vaginal dryness – which is extremely uncomfortable – and sometimes very painful. So what do you do? Well, there are lots of products on the market (such as lubes and creams) to help alleviate the symptoms of dry sex, like Evarmiles Gel. It’s a clinically tested sexual stimulant and shown to help women have a more pleasurable sexual experience. Plus, there’s no need to buy additional lubrication either.
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