It doesn’t matter how smooth you think you are in the bedroom, everyone is capable of making a mistake that can potentially weaken — if not completely kill — the moment, both before and after. In fact, studies show that between two love partners, there is a good chance one of them is guilty of at least one of the gaffes on our list.
Stay away from antihistamines if you’re expecting to get busy. In order to relieve nasal congestion, these products dry out mucus membranes. Unfortunately, they can also dry out other critical parts of the body. That’s right, that part. And no matter how much you want to, the one part that needs to go along may not. Sufficient lube might help, but it may not.
A little drinky poo can send certain waves to the brain that stimulate arousal. But alcohol is more of a depressant and is more likely to diminish sensation or it just might put you in a deep sleep before the action gets started. A study at the University of Missouri-St. Louis showed both men and women who indulge in light drinking beforehand experienced difficulty enjoying the moment, let alone achieving orgasm.
While brushing your teeth before jumping in the sack is a courteous gesture, don’t use an electric toothbrush or alcohol-based mouthwash. Studies have shown spinning bristles will create minuscule tears in the gums. Alcohol in mouthwashes can dry out and irritate mucosa. Both these conditions enhance the possibility of STDs.
Women who like to manage their hedges should try to get it done at least the night before a romp. Shaving exfoliates the skin’s top layer making it and hair follicles highly sensitive. There can be rashes and tiny cuts, all conditions leaving you vulnerable to infections like HPV and herpes. If you do shave, the skin needs time to heal. It’s better to use a multi-blade so that you get closer shaves in less swipes. To manage inflammation, use a thin layer of one percent hydrocortisone cream. To be on the safe side, reapply a second layer within 12 hours in case of any irritation.
It may sound Sexy as all get-out to use food during closeness, but you increase the risk of yeast infections when you apply any sugar-based product to your sensitive areas. Yeast and sugar love one another and when you use products like chocolate and whipped cream as lubricants, you increase the possibility of post-contact yeast infections. So while it can be fun, clean up before you start interlocking parts.
Foods like chocolate, oysters and strawberries get mad props for enhancing the mood. But it’s surprising how little conversation we have about foods that can do the exact opposite. Spicy food can impact vaginal taste and odor. Certain foods can cause bad breath, bloating and gas. Make sure all parties wash their hands and wash out their mouths after a spicy meal thoroughly as residue has been known to set genitals afire.
Physical contact is important to any relationship, but good connection in bedroom is essential to our physical and mental well-being. There is no better way to relieve stress. Love-making also produces estrogen, regulates cycles and delays the symptoms of menopause. It rejuvenates the body, promoting flexibility and strengthening of the metabolic and immune systems.
Like we needed reasons to make more love. But since you are going to, let’s always get it right. While you can’t make every encounter pure magic, you can increase the odds, especially if you take our seven tips above into account.