things to avoid before having sexHaving sex is one of the most pleasurable experiences known to mankind, and there’s nothing better than two partners enjoying a steamy night of passion. However, there are various things that can kill your libido and significantly diminish the pleasure you could while indulging in sexual intercourse.

We tell you why you should avoid the following 10 things in order to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling sex life with your partner.

1.  Don’t eat too much

Eating too much can make you feel sluggish and sleepy, especially if your meal has a high amount of carbohydrates like in rice. You can instead try snacking on nuts and fruits along with lots of water which will make you feel energetic in a healthy way.

2. Energy drinks should be avoided

You might think that having an energy drink before sex would be a good idea as it will increase your stamina and keep you energetic. However, they are loaded with sugar which will make you feel energetic for a while but once the sugar buzz goes you may end up feeling even more fatigued than before. Read more about why energy drinks are bad for you.

3. Don’t argue with your partner

Arguments between partners are extremely common especially after the first few years of marriage when the novelty wears off, but having one before sex can only make things uncomfortable in the bed. Even though, both of you put the argument behind before hitting the bed, it’ll still be lingering somewhere in your brain and the motivation to make your partner happy might not be there. 

4. Don’t be anxious or stressed before having sex

Too much stress can spell doom for your sex life. It can lead to performance anxiety and in some cases, erectile dysfunction. If you are too stressed, try meditating for a few minutes or ask your partner to give you a foot/back massage. Increasing your daily intake of fruits and vegetables should also help.

5. Don’t eat peppermint

Even though bad breath is a strict ‘no-no’ before you decide to have sex, and peppermint can help fight it, you should still avoid having peppermint before having sex. Why? Menthol present in peppermint can reduce your testosterone levels leading to lower libido. Instead, you can try taking a mouthwash to freshen up your breath.

6. Don’t be conscious about your body

Images of perfectly shaped bodies has put an immense pressure on individuals to look perfect and for people who do not meet these standards, it can be a cause of anxiety and distress. However, before having sex it is important to put thoughts like ‘I wish my body was better’, ‘Why is there so much fat on my belly?’, etc. aside and just enjoy the moment. Try to focus and think about the parts of your body that you like and don’t let negative thoughts play spoilsport. Read more about body image and how it can affect your sex life. 

7. Don’t have very high expectations

If you are having sex for the first time or with a new partner, it is important to let time do its job. Each body is different, and it is important to experiment and learn whenever you are indulging in sex. If you have high expectations and if those expectations aren’t met then it could lead to a loss of self-esteem and confidence which isn’t good for your life, let alone sex life.

8. Don’t masturbate too much

While this would seem obvious to a lot of people, there are people who masturbate an hour before having sex in order to prolong the time it takes to ejaculate. While such a trick might work, going overboard with it will not help as too much masturbation will render your penis unable to achieve an erection until after a long time.

9. Don’t stick to the same routine

Lack of innovation and creativity can kill the passion and love that exists between couples. Making sex a mechanical chore that two partners should just indulge in every once in a while will only lead to decreased pleasure. Try new sex positions, have sex at different locations, fulfil fantasies, get excited and send each other dirty texts in order to keep the love and passion alive!

10. Don’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes

Both alcohol and cigarettes were once advertised as a symbol of manliness and sex appeal. However, the notion has long been abandoned, and both cigarettes and alcohol are scientifically proven to be libido busters. Smoking constricts blood flow in your body, and since erections are dependent on that, you should avoid it to improve your sex life. Drinking alcohol too should be avoided even though it has been referred by many as the social lubricant. It can make you loosen up and even provoke a desire for sex, but when the time to perform will come, it’ll let you down. Read more about why smoking is bad for your sex life.

Hopefully, you’ll not do any of these things before having sex and instead eat fruits and vegetables that boost your fertility and sperm count. Exercising your pelvic floor muscles with kegel exercises, and even working out your legs and arms in the gym will help improve your sex life.

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