12 Ways You Might Be Killing Your Sex Life

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12 Ways You Might Be Killing Your Sex Life

Modern life throws up lots of challenges and hurdles for couples who often complain they’re no longer getting busy in the bedroom as much as they did earlier in their relationships.

Kids, working long hours, fatigue, stress, worries about finances, running on little sleep, erectile dysfunction, hormonal imbalances killing off libidos – these are all the usual culprits we hear about when couples find they aren’t getting it on as much as they would like.

But there are lots of other things that could be contributing to the decline in activity in your boudoir.

Here are some of the things that might be stopping you from getting your rocks off with your other half more often.

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1. Technology In The Bedroom

If you’re both lying in bed on your iPads or phones or Kindles, you’re more invested in social media, Netflix or mucking around with apps than you are in your partner. Chances are by the time you’re both done with your devices, you’ll be exhausted and will then fall asleep. If you think you are too time-poor for sex, think about how you actually waste time with things like this every night, and how cutting down on that could give you quality time together.

How to Fix it?

The bedroom should only be for sleep and sex. Take out the television and try and refrain from using your phone when you are in bed (if you can!).

2. Sex Becomes Another Household Chore

When one of you think that sex is just a duty you have to do because you’re married, and you find yourself doing it at the same time every week, in the same positions, it becomes almost as exciting as putting the bins out once a week.

How to Fix It?

Spontaneity and variety help to keep the bedroom alive. Send sexy texts when your partner least expects it. Jump their bones at an unexpected time. Most importantly – ensure your partner helps with the household chores so that you have time to relax and want to have more sex!

3. You’ve changed your Contraception

Some women find that when they go off the pill, they’re no longer as attracted to their partners as they used to be.

How to Fix it?

Contraceptive changes can cause a libido shift, so if you’re finding this applies to you, talk to your doctor and see if you can try a different variety.

4. Eating Too Late In The Day

Habits like having late dinners and midnight snacks make you tired and full and not feeling 100% good about yourself. When that happens, you aren’t likely to be in the mood for sexy times.

How to Fix it?

Eating lighter is recommended so you have more energy to have sex in the evenings.

5. Drinking Too Much Grog

If one partner thinks they need to hit the bottle to loosen up so they can have sex, that’s a huge problem. The alcohol consumption is probably not only a turn-off for the other partner, but it can affect performance.

How to Fix It?

Have a conversation about your partner’s drinking habits and what might be causing them to drink more.

6. Not Drinking Enough Water

Dehydration is bad for your body… and that includes your libido! As well as getting headaches that leave you feeling like crap and not in the mood for a romp, it can also be a cause of vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness can make sex painful and make it harder to achieve orgasms.

How to Fix it?

If water is tough to drink, try some Peppermint Teas during the day.

7. Letting your Pets Sleep in Your Bed

If it’s not the kids climbing into bed with you when they’re little, stopping you from knocking boots, the next worst thing can actually be your cats and dogs. The pets can get in between you or make you feel really bloody awkward when they are watching you, probably judging you, while you’re trying to do it. A huge turn off.

How to Fix it?

Grab a basket for your pets if you want them in your room. Get them off the bed.

8. If you and your other half only ever touch each other if you want sex

Are you unable to hug or kiss your partner unless it’s to lead up to sex? You’ve got a huge intimacy problem that you need to fix, which can then flow on to improved relations in the bedroom.

How to Fix It?

Try holding each other when listening to your song – it may feel awkward at first, but by the second chorus it will feel more natural.

9. Watching Too Much Porn

You’d think that men who watch lots of porn are always going to be up for a good time…but this isn’t always so. Sometimes, men with porn addiction are more interested in getting off to porn than they are with a real live woman, which leads to huge issues in the bedroom with their frustrated partners.

How to Fix It?

Porn is a read addiction and can be extremely hard to break. Talk about it with your partner, and see professional advice if the behaviour is affecting your relationship.

More Reading: Men Are Experiencing Impotence Because of Porn Addiction

10. Cold feet. Like, literally.

A study about orgasms by researchers from the University of Groningen found that half of couples were unable to climax because they had cold feet. Once socks were offered, the success rate was 80 per cent.

How to Fix It?

Get lots of pairs of super cute socks!

11. Answering the Phone During Sex

If your phone rings, or you get a text while you’re having sex, FFS just ignore it. Supposedly, this is a problem for more people than the guy Paris Hilton was doing in her sex tape (she answered her mobile during the act). You have voicemail for a reason. Let it go!

How to Fix it?

Turn off your phone when you are spending quality time with your partner.

12. Ladyscaping

If you’re partial to removing your pubes, you might be doing yourself a dis-service. If you use wax that is too hot or a slightly blunt razor, you can irritate the skin on your genitals, which then becomes further inflamed by friction caused during sex.

And just like you can get pash rash on your face from your other half from their stubble when you make out, the regrowth on your privates can do the same thing to their genitals. Ouch.

How to Fix It?

Choose to wax or shave a few days before you have sex.

How have you improved your sex life?

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Caroline Duncan

Caroline Duncan is a freelance journalist and photographer with almost 20 years' media experience in radio, magazines and online. She is also a mother...Read More of three daughters, and when she's not writing or taking pictures, she's extremely busy operating a taxi service running them around to various activities. She can't sew and hates housework. Read Less

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