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    A sex and relationship expert has revealed her top seven tips to improving your most intimate moments including making fantasies and feeling sexy a priority A sex and relationship expert has revealed her top seven tips to improving your most intimate moments including making fantasies and feeling sexy a priority. Speaking to FEMAIL Christine Rafe, a Sydney-based sex therapist with ten years experience said women can boost the quality of their love lives by completing her seven favourite tasks each day. She revealed women should notice a difference in themselves within a week - and can then 'pick and choose' which activities they like most.  'They don’t require a big time commitment, but with continued practice of any or all of these, you are building skills that can improve your overall sexual health and satisfaction,' she said. The first thing Christine, who also works with popular sex toy brand Womanizer, recommends is for women to take about two minutes to 'focus on their senses'. This can be incorporated into your daily routine and is the perfect exercise to do in...
    Yoga teacher and sex guru Karolin Tsarski has quite the party trick. And the party doesn’t even have to be a wild one for her to show it off. She could do it in the queue for the post office, she tells me, if she wanted to. ‘I haven’t, not in the post office, but I have done it in public, in a restaurant or walking along the street,’ she says. ‘That’s a more controlled version, where I can direct the energy within.’ The ‘it’ we are discussing is having an orgasm. Readers with a prudish disposition might want to stop reading now but Karolin, the daughter of a diplomat who wanted her to fly high — ‘but ideally by working for the United Nations’ — believes she has reached nirvana. Her achievement? Teaching herself to orgasm spontaneously, with no sexual partner, no touching required (not even DIY). Yoga teacher and sex guru Karolin Tsarski (pictured) has quite the party trick. And the party doesn’t even have to be a wild one for her to show it off She doesn’t even...
    It takes about six years of marital misery for most couples to seek therapy. It takes around four years for most of us to admit to each other that our sex life is dire and needs sorting. When we finally do try, lots of couples don’t succeed because most people don’t have a clue where to start. Instead, they make the same classic mistakes by focusing on all the things that really aren’t important. Like… It takes about six years of marital misery for most couples to seek therapy. It takes around four years for most of us to admit to each other that our sex life is dire and needs sorting. Focusing on frequency instead of quality When a couple set out to fix their sex life, often the main aim is to have sex more often. The way to make this happen isn’t to have sex more, it’s to focus on the quality of sex you’re having. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Woman who's fed up with her 'gropey' husband pestering her... ...
    YES, YES, YES! It’s National Orgasm Day which means it’s time to prioritise your pleasure. And there couldn’t be a better time to celebrate. 5Learn these eight tips and you'll be guaranteed pleasure this National Orgasm DayCredit: Shutterstock A recent survey found that one in five of us are having more sex than we did before 2020. And according to the 2022 Sex Census by Lelo, 14 per cent of us are eyeing up co-workers for hookups. Here sex expert Kate Taylor reveals her five top tips for men and women to celebrate the date. FOR HER FANTASIA If you struggle to stay in the moment during sex, you’ll never reach a happy ending. A top tip for staying “present” is to try acting out a fantasy. READ MORE SEX STORIESBEDROOM ANTICS What are the best sex positions for men?LOVE IS THE DRUG Would you take 'MDMA love potion' to get your relationship's spark back ? 5Keep yourself in the mood with role-playCredit: Getty - Contributor This naturally stops you from falling into any old thought patterns and...
    Most people judge their sex life on how often they have it. If you’re having it regularly, all is well. If you’re not, you’ve got problems. The truth is frequency is just one of the things that affects how satisfied we are with our sex lives. There are other far more important red flags to watch out for. Be wary if… Tracey Cox says stress and not enough sleep are the usual causes of sex life trouble (stock image) Sex feels like a chore Let’s start with the obvious. If sex has morphed from something you looked forward to, to something you now dread, you don’t need me to tell you something is awry. I’m not talking about the occasional ‘Do we have to?’ – that’s normal. No-one’s keen to have sex all the time. In fact, some sex therapists say only half of all sex encounters in long-term relationships are mutually satisfying for both partners. Around a quarter are usually done to please our partners, not ourselves. It's not something we talk about openly but ask anyone who has...
    YOU'D PROBABLY be less up for some sexy time if you're staying in your nan's floral spare room than you would a lush hotel. That's because whether you've thought about it or not, where you sleep drastically affects your sex life. 3The style of your bedroom can directly affect your sex life, this sexpert says But it turns out there's much more to it than that, in fact everything you keep in your room can impact it, down to the pictures on your bedside table. Sexpert and taboo buster Jess Wilde spoke to Fabulous and revealed how the furniture your room and even colour of your walls can help spice things up. "There are specific colours that can really help to assist your sex life and in the same vein there are some colours that can get in the way," she explained. "The classic colours that we hear all time time that are associated with passion and sex are red and pink." Read more on sexNOISY NOOKIE Neighbours moan of couples 'screaming' during sex as 168 complaints made But if...
    CAN you imagine 400,000 people tuning in as you get intimate? Well, that's what Lacey and Flynn do. The couple share their best advice on how to have a better sex life . . . 2Lacey and Flynn have sex in front of thousandsCredit: Olivia West 2The couple share their best advice on how to have a better sex life . . .Credit: Olivia West SAY GOODBYE TO SHAME START with an exercise and write down what your parents told you about sex growing up. A lot of shame can come from being told it is bad so it’s important to pinpoint where your fears came from. Then write down the best and worst sexual experience you’ve ever had. What made them good or bad? Was it the sex itself or how it made you feel afterwards? A little detective work goes a long way to understanding our emotions and our shame around sex. WORK OUT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT WHY do you want to make love? How do you want to feel afterwards? Are there ways you could make yourself more present in the...
    What do the words ‘body clock’ mean to you? Something you associate with jet lag and feeling out of sorts after a long-haul flight?  Or the ticking of a woman’s biological clock? Or the fact some people function better first thing in the morning — and others later at night? In fact, our body clock controls all of these very different things and much more, as I have discovered over the past 40 years working in this fast-emerging field. Our body clock sets the very rhythms of our lives, affecting everything from how clearly we think and when our digestive systems are ready for food, to when our muscles are at their strongest and whether we will develop cancer.  It affects our sexual compatibility, when we feel symptoms of illness, and the most effective time to take medication. It affects our decision-making skills and even how we communicate. What do the words ‘body clock’ mean to you? Something you associate with jet lag and feeling out of sorts after a long-haul flight? Or the ticking of a woman’s biological clock?...
    EVER wondered if you’re more likely to be smarter than your peers? Your height might just mean you are.  A video posted to YouTube by the channel AsapSCIENCE titled Are You Smarter Than Average? put viewers to the test by sharing studies that measure intelligence. 2A YouTube video suggests that taller people are more likely to be successfulCredit: Getty “Do you ever wonder how your brain stacks up to those around you?” the video opens with someone drawing on a whiteboard. “Well, if you’re standing tall beside them, you might be smarter!” The video cites a study that suggests that taller workers tend to be more successful than others due to noncognitive abilities or social skills correlated to their height. AsapSCIENCE references another study that shows a correlation between being the firstborn child and having a higher IQ. More YouTube StoriesUNDER YOUR NOSE I followed a treasure map on blueprint for a home & I found $1,000 in cashSHARK BAIT Terrifying moment tiger shark lunges at paddleboarder and chomps his board “A study of 250,000 Norwegian military personnel found that...
    HALF of us will sit through a telly show we do not like if our partner chooses to watch it, according to a TalkTalk poll. And the programmes you tune into together, as a couple, could say a lot about your sex life and your relationship as a whole. 9A psychologist analyses what your favourite show says about your sex lifeCredit: Shutterstock Psychologist Emma Kenny shares her insights with Claire Dunwell. Horror films YOU like kink. If your screen fix involves blood and gore, such as film The Conjuring your love is likely to last long-term. 9If your screen fix involves blood your love is likely to last long-termCredit: Alamy Emma says: “The mundane, humdrum life is not for you. You work hard at maintaining your spark, love the adrenaline intimate relationships bring and enjoy the extremes love can offer. “Research shows that when we’re scared, our brains pump out the feel-good chemical dopamine – the same chemical we release when we’re infatuated with someone. Most read in LifestyleQUICK WIT Queen once had THIS sharp putdown when Putin left her...
    Covid sufferers may need sex therapy or marriage counselling in future if the virus damaged their sense of smell, a top psychologist has warned. Loss of the ability to smell and taste is a common symptom of coronavirus. This is sometimes temporary, but other sufferers have reported long-term issues. Dr Robert King said smell is so important to the power of attraction that loss of it – or changes to it – because of coronavirus could ruin relationships. He warned that women may be worst-affected.  Dr Robert King warned that Covid sufferers may need sex therapy or marriage counselling in future if the virus damaged their sense of smell (stock image) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Higher testosterone could protect older WOMEN from heart... Hybrid working is here to stay: More than 80% of firms say... Share this article Share He added that previous studies had shown that if a woman's sense of smell is altered by factors such as the contraceptive pill, it can 'drastically change' her attraction to her partner.  Dr King's...
    NEW YEAR, new you, right? Well, what if I told you it's totally ok to make your New Year's Resolution about having good sex – without any restrictions or insecurities getting in the way. 3The key to good sex is knowing how to pleasure yourselfCredit: Getty 3Serena Kerrigan rose to fame after she went on blind dates while streaming them on Instagram liveCredit: Serena Kerrigan And the secret to good sex is all about knowing how to please yourself, sex expert Serena Kerrigan, who rose to fame as she streamed on Instagram Live her blind dates amid the Covid-19 pandemic, told The Sun. SELF-PLEASURE The founder of SFK LFG LLC explained: "Spend time individually exploring your body. "Self-pleasure is the ultimate act of self-love and there’s nothing sexier than knowing what gets you off. "Doing this will help you explore new ways to pleasure yourself and try new things in the bedroom. I recently created a card game that’ll help with just that." Most read in LifestyleTHE MOPE SHOW Harry 'miserable' as new life in US...
    IF your love life needs some improvement, here are some helpful tips you shouldn't ignore. Regardless of whether you're in a long-term relationship or seeing someone just for fun, communication plays a major role in understanding your partner. 4Kaitlin Klarer, a sex coach, insists 'communication is key' to improving relationshipsCredit: Kaitlin Klarer 4Kaitlin Klarer is the creator of Watch Girls Watch PornCredit: Kaitlin Klarer Speaking to The Sun, Kaitlin Klarer — a sex coach and creator of Watch Girls Watch Porn and an educator on PornHub's wellness channel — revealed five ways you can improve your love life. Klarer, a 31-year-old sex coach with a Master's degree in counseling, said communication is love's key to success. "We hear so much about communication in the world but it is truly the thing that will make or break a relationship," she said. The five ways Klarer suggests you can improve communication in a relationship are to share your true self, be empathetic of your partner, have a non-judgemental stance, be open-minded, and reciprocate love.  Share your true self "It's interesting to me...
    FEELING unfulfilled between the sheets due to mismatched libidos or sexual desires can be a huge issue. Figuring out what makes you tick could be the key to enjoying better intimacy. 3Feeling unfulfilled between the sheets due to mismatched libidos or sexual desires can be a huge issueCredit: Getty Gwyneth Paltrow’s Netflix programme Sex, Love And Goop looks at the idea of “sex personalities” and how a better understanding of yours and your partner’s can unlock a great love life. Take our quiz by sexpert Alix Fox to work out what yours is. Note your answers then go to the bottom of the page to discover what type you are – and what type you’re compatible with. 1 What essentials are in your bedside drawer? A. Scented candles and some massage oil.B. A box of tissues and an old phone charger.C. A blindfold to help you block out distractions during sex.D. Bondage rope and car keys in case you want to take sex outdoors.E. The latest clitoral stimulator, flavoured lube and a sexy card game. Most read in The...
    WINTER is coming, and with it a chilling warning. It turns out "winter vagina" could be a thing, according to one expert. 1 As winter approaches one expert is warning that the cold weather could play havoc with your vaginaCredit: Getty - Contributor We all know as the temperature drops and the heating gets switched on that it can play havoc with your skin. Dry skin and chapped lips become more of a problem, leaving us reaching for the hand cream and lip salve. But could that "drought" can affect all parts of the body - including, yep, you guessed it, your private parts? Mary Burke, a former NHS midwife and senior clinical nurse at the London Bridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Clinic told The Sun women may well suffer more with vaginal dryness during the winter months. "Dry autumn and winter air depletes moisture from our bodies, leaving our skin dehydrated and cracked, and out sinuses parched," she said. “And while it’s an issue few will want to discuss openly, our vaginas can enter ‘drought mode’ during this time,...
    EVER wondered if there was any meaning behind the way you and your partner sleep at night? Turns out that the position you sleep in, whether it's nodding off while spooning, lying there all tangled up together or one of you taking up the entire bed, can actually reveal a lot about your sex life. 2A sleep expert reveals the way a couple sleep together in bed can say a lot about their sex lifeCredit: Alamy A couple's sleeping position can also say a lot about what kind of relationship they have and how they really feel about each other. Are you less hot and heavy between the sheets if you like to sleep on your back, or does it mean that you’re at it like rabbits if you wake up facing your partner?  We’ve spoken to sleep expert Anne Marie Boyan, who founded The Sleep Care Company to find out what sleeping positions really say about your sex life. Anne Marie, the author of the Sleep Journal, a guided wellness journal with science-backed techniques to transform your sleep,...
    IF YOU’RE looking for a way to heat things up in the bedroom then a certain tantric tip could be exactly what the love doctor ordered. Tantric sex is often lumped with an ‘alternative’ label but the practice of ‘edging’ is becoming increasingly popular among couples. 1The practice of edging promises longer and more intense orgasmsCredit: Getty Many have credited it with boosting the libidos of those that try it and promises to give you longer and more intense orgasms. But what is edging and how do you practice it? Scroll down to find out more. What is edging? 'Edging', also known as 'orgasm control', involves taking yourself to the point of orgasm but then deliberately stopping before you reach the peak. According to fans of the technique, edging actually makes the eventual orgasm much more powerful. Apparently, the blood flow and sensitivity in a person’s genitals is increased which then makes for a more dramatic orgasm – there’s also a psychological aspect of wanting what you can’t have. Edging is seen as a control method and some couples like...
    I can usually predict the next sex trend by the emails and messages I get - and right now my inboxes are screaming 'virtual reality porn'! 'I've just discovered my partner with a VR headset on, touching himself,' one woman writes, 'Now I know why he's not interested in sex with me anymore.' The VR porn industry - computer generated simulation of three-dimensional sexual interactions - is big business. The global value of the VR adult content market is expected to rise from more than $700US this year to $19bn by 2026. Pornhub averages half a million views per day of the 3,000 free VR videos it offers. On Christmas Day that can shoot up to 900,000. (Turkey and party hats are clearly either exceedingly boring…or arousing.) Like most new things with technology, VR seems sci-fi right now, but it will quickly become the norm for many people. Currently, VR porn is aimed mostly at straight men – which is probably why I'm getting lots of messages from concerned straight women. Having just been to an art exhibition (the Van...
    PELVIC floor exercises can be boring, but they are essential to women as one in three of us will suffer from urinary incontinence. Around one in ten men also suffer and the condition can leave us feeling embarrassed and even lonely. 1Doing exercises can help strengthen your pelvic floor and prevent incontinenceCredit: Bubbles If you've become scared to leave the house because of a 'oops moment' then there are some things you can do to help strengthen your pelvic floor - all while listening to your favourite music. Experts at pelvic floor specialist Innovo UK have opted to shed light on the topic of incontinence and have created a fun playlist that your vagina will thank you for. The songs were chosen based on their beats per minute (BPM), and how similar they are to the BPM of manual kegel exercises.  They looked at 1,000 songs from Spotify and its workout playlists to find the tracks best mixed with your privates. The experts then calculated the average time we should take to squeeze and release whilst doing kegel exercises, they were able...
    A matchmaking astrologer has revealed the best sex positions and styles for each star sign so that you can heat things up in the bedroom. Lucy Porter, 27, from London, runs an astrology matchmaking service, and is no stranger to knowing intimate details about her clients. But the specialist, who uses divination to play Cupid for singles looking for love, says there is even a link between Zodiac signs and their preferred sex positions. From Aries talking dirty to Geminis watching themselves get freaky on ceiling mirrors, here's what each sign likes in the bedroom. Lucy Porter, 27, from London, an astrology love specialist, says there is a link between Zodiac signs and their preferred sex positions For Scorpio, it's all about putting your cards on the table, according to the astrologer – who says their preferred position would be to have sex up against a wall Lucy (pictured) says Leos love to get frisky on furniture and are naughty, expressive, passionate and dramatic during sex ARIES: March 21 - April 19 'Aries are fun, playful, energetic...
    WE all know the saying 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away', but one expert has now debunked fact from fiction when it comes to the contents of our fridge. A new study found that thousands of adults are 'confused' about what they should really be eating. 1If you're confused about what you should be eating, a nutritionist has debunked some of the biggest myths surrounding what goes on your plateCredit: Getty Nutritionist, Lily Soutter, has busted some of the most common health myths. She confirmed that while carrots contain lots of vitamin A - which helps maintain healthy vision, they don’t help you see any better in the dark, a popular line many people tell their kids to help them eat more veggies. Similarly, enjoying an apple a day won’t in itself reduce your chances of needing to visit a GP, and chewing gum doesn’t take seven years to leave your system. But what about other myths such as 'oysters make you feel frisky'? Lily says that neither chocolate nor oysters are aphrodisiacs – possibly to the disappointment...
    This article was medically reviewed by John Mutziger, LMHC, a sex and relationship therapist at the Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy.  Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. The Amazon sex position is great for maintaining eye contact, which can enhance intimacy. Westend61/Getty Images Related Sex therapists share the 6 best-of-the-best sex positions for maximum pleasure The Amazon sex position is like cowgirl but the penetrating partner pulls their knees to their chest. Benefits of the Amazon sex position include deeper penetration and easy access to the clitoris. Variations of the Amazon sex position include kneeling Amazon and reverse Amazon.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing...
    Men with long features and large eyes, and women with slim faces and small eyes are percieved as more promiscuous, a new study has revealed.  However, this perception only rings true for men, and not for women, according to the researchers. In the study, experts in Australia asked heterosexual men and women about their levels of 'sociosexuality' – the willingness to engage in sexual activity outside of a committed relationship, also known as casual sex. The participants also had their photos taken and shown to other participants of the opposite sex, so they could judge, based on looks alone, if they had an interest in sociosexuality.  Men who were open to casual sex typically had longer faces, higher foreheads, longer noses and larger eyes, the team found.   What's more, women accurately identified these male facial features as indicators of the guys' interest in casual sex.    However, men wrongly perceived smaller, more gracile female faces featuring smaller eyes and smaller lips to be an indicator of women's openness to causal sex.  So while these may be the physical traits men look for when up for...
    Crystal Cox/Business Insider Nutrition is an important part of sexual health, according to experts.  Eating too much processed food, salt, sugar, or fat can impair blood flow and energy. Eating too little or too late at night can also prevent healthy intimacy. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. We've all heard of aphrodisiacs — exotic foods or drinks meant to enhance intimacy or promote general feelings of sexiness.  But what you eat can also have the opposite effect, potentially inhibiting your ability to get intimate, according to Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, a sex therapist with two decades of experience. There aren't specific foods that will tank your love life, however, foods that are overly processed, or high in salt, fat, and sugar can impair healthy blood flow and energy levels that are important for good sex. How much and when you eat can also make a difference in whether you can rise to the occasion when the mood strikes, too.  Eating too much processed food, especially sugar, can lead to low energyTo design your diet for better...
    WANT to get fit like Mark Wright? Then you need to get laid, according to the super-toned star. And the Heart radio DJ and former Towie star reckons the two go hand in hand, meaning the fitter you are, the more sex you’ll have. 5Mark has six-pack abs and the stunning showbusiness wife, and now he wants to show you how to shape up tooCredit: David Cummings Mark, 34, who is married to actress Michelle Keegan, 33, said: “I know from friends and from myself how working out makes you smile and makes you feel good. “If you’re feeling fit and you’ve got stamina, that helps your sex life. If you’re feeling toned and healthy, that will improve your sex life. “I think having a healthy sex life is proven to help the mind and relieve stress. It all goes hand in hand. “I can’t say you can’t have a good sex life if you don’t feel good in your body, but you’ll definitely have a better sex life if you do.” Mark has six-pack abs and the stunning showbusiness...
    One of Khloe Kardashian's favorite butt-boosting workout machines has been revealed to offer another, rather intimate, benefit: improving your sex life.  The DB Method Machine, a $229 at-home squat machine beloved by A-listers like Khloe, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Ayesha Curry, promises to 'transform your body in just 10 minutes a day' - however one user recently opened up about another dramatic transformation that she experienced as a result of working out with it.  'So I have a perk that doesn't involve the [butt],' the anonymous woman wrote on the DB Method's Facebook page. 'All women pay attention! The machine works your pelvic floor, which is important.  'Why? It keeps things tight if you get my drift. TMI but my boyfriend made the observation the other day that things felt different and it's because my pelvic floor is stronger. Just letting y'all know.'  Who knew! A fitness trainer has revealed that a celebrity-loved at-home squat machine can help women to have better sex, while also toning their butts  Benefits: The DB Method Machine promises to 'transform your body...
    PeopleImages/Getty Images Renowned sex therapist Ian Kerner outlines how couples can get out of a sex rut in his new book. Kerner suggests activities that don't focus on sex, but on the physical and emotional building blocks that can make sex great. He recommends carving out time every week to explore your partner, and using a "Yes, and..." model to discuss your turn ons. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When you get into a sex rut with your partner, it can be difficult to break the cycle. That's why renowned sex therapist Ian Kerner wrote his new book "So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex." The book's title is a nod to the question Kerner asks every couple he sees for sex therapy, he told Insider. "When somebody would tell me about the last time they had sex, that sexual event told a story. It had a beginning, middle, and an end. It had a sequence of interactions that were psychological, physical, and emotional," Kerner told Insider. "And very often, that sequence was...
    Fraught with worry, paramedic Ed was rushing alongside a trolley through hospital corridors when a poster on the wall caught his eye. Volunteers wanted, the A4 sheet declared. Researchers were looking for recruits to test what would be the first male hormonal contraceptive on the market. And the medical trial was set to start near his home in Edinburgh. Had he seen the poster just a day earlier, he wouldn’t have given it a second glance. But the reason he was in hospital on that summer day in 2019 made the notice seem more like fate. Because Ed, now 32, wasn’t on the ward for work. Instead, he was watching over his beloved partner of eight years, struck down with sepsis — a life-threatening condition that came about after surgery to treat a freak side-effect of her contraceptive coil. Proofreader Fiona, now 30, had been using the copper coil or IUD (intrauterine device) — a hormone-free contraceptive that sits inside the womb — for more than six years without any concerns when she went to the doctor complaining of what...
    Not all businesses experienced a downturn during the pandemic – porn websites were booming. Pornhub – the world's largest pornography website – reported an 18 per cent spike at the start of the lockdown. Traffic from the UK increased by almost 27 per cent. Most people watch porn for pleasure but there's also evidence we're far more likely to want some temporary relief from our lives if we're feeling lonely, depressed, stressed, anxious or bored. That'll be a tick, tick, tick, for most of us then, robbed of our friends, pubs, restaurants and anything else to do other than yet another bloody walk around the park. The good news is, if your partner (or you) have been watching way more porn than normal, it's probably nothing to worry about. Only around five per cent of porn users have a habit that interferes with their daily life and porn use is expected to return to pre-COVID levels once the lockdown is lifted. Not sure this is going to be the case with your partner? Let's start with the positive. Tracey...
    This article was medically reviewed by Rosara Torrisi, LCSW, CST, MSSW, MEd, PhD, a certified sex therapist at the Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. You should pick an exact time to have sex and mark it on your calendar. Viacheslav Peretiatko/Getty Images Scheduling sex can demonstrate a commitment to your relationship, improve communication, and guarantee quality time. Plus, the more sessions you schedule, the more you might be open to spontaneous sex.  Schedule sex on an actual calendar at least a week in advance to ensure you're keeping your commitment.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Putting time in for sex on your calendar doesn't sound very sexy, but it may be just the thing you need in order to prioritize...
    This article was medically reviewed by Rosara Torrisi, LCSW, CST, MSSW, MEd, PhD, a certified sex therapist at the Long Island Institute of Sex Therapy. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. The armpits and neck are two erogenous zones that can turn you or your partner on. Philipp Nemenz/Getty Images Your scalp is loaded with nerve endings, so tugging gently on the hair can be unexpectedly arousing. Stimulating other erogenous zones like the inner wrist, small of your back, and lower abdomen can also turn you on. Though it may seem unexpected, your armpits can also be a powerful erogenous zone.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. An erogenous zone is any part of your body that makes you feel sexually aroused when it's touched.  The most obvious...
    This article was medically reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. The benefits of sex go hand-in-hand with a healthy sex life. Flashpop/Getty Images Sex has mental health benefits like reducing stress, boosting mood, and increasing libido.  Sex also has physical health benefits like burning calories, boosting immunity, improving sleep, lowering blood pressure, and relieving pain.  To have a healthy sex life, it's important to communicate with your partner about how much sex is right for you and what makes you feel good.   Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Having sex ushers in a rush of feel-good chemicals that can reduce stress, improve sleep, and more.  It doesn't matter how often you...
    miodrag ignjatovic/Getty Images You don't have to be a gym rat to enjoy a great sex life, but working out can help in the bedroom.  Exercises that build strength and mobility in your hips, glutes, and core can improve your sex life. Body- and boundary-awareness can also enhance sensation and intimacy for your and your partner.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Likely, most of us strive to be "good in bed" for our sexual partners. But sometimes, figuring out how to improve our sex lives both for ourselves and our significant others can feel overwhelming.  While communicating and listening to your partner about their needs is absolutely crucial for a fulfilling sex life, there are exercises that can improve your stamina, flexibility, and ability to connect with your partner.  "People don't think about sex as exercise, but it is," Dr. Amy Hoover, a physical therapist and advisory board member for the functional fitness company P.volve, told Insider. "You don't have to be in great shape to do it, but you don't have to be in great...
    IS lockdown killing your libido? Nearly one in five Sun readers reckon their sex life is worse since Covid restrictions came in, according to our recent exclusive poll. 9Love Island winners Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey give their tips on how to boost your lockdown sex lifeCredit: David Cummings - Commissioned by The Sun But with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it is time to turn that around. New parents and 2016 Love Island winners Cara De La Hoyde, 30, and Nathan Massey, 28, are among the many lovers whose sex life has been suffering in the pandemic. The couple, who tied the knot two years ago, have son Freddie, three, and daughter Delilah, six months. Before lockdown — and before having a new baby — they say their sex life was “amazing and fun” and that they were getting frisky “most days”. But now they are only having sex a couple of times a month — “if they’re lucky”. 9The 2016 Love Island winners are among the many lovers whose sex life has been suffering in the pandemicCredit:...
    TV’s Steph and Dom Parker, 53 and 56, draw on their 23 years of marriage to solve your relationship problems . . . Q: Can you help us settle an argument please? Without talking to me first — I was at work — my husband has invited his parents and his sister, with her husband and kids, to come to ours for Christmas. I have told him to cancel as I’ve been working flat-out trying to hold on to my job and I was looking forward to a quiet few days with my husband and our six-year-old daughter — not a madhouse. He didn’t consider my parents. My mum is shielding, so they wouldn’t have taken the risk, but I don’t want to think of them alone. An anonymous woman asked British TV's Steph and Dom Parker for advice on her husband inviting family for Christmas without talking to her first (file image)  He says I’m overreacting and we can FaceTime them, but I can’t bear to hurt them like that. On top of everything, I’ll have to do...
    WE’VE all seen that famous Friends episode, the one with the erogenous zones. Well, according to Monica Gellar, when it comes to female sexuality there are seven of them to consider. 3Anabelle Knight says that the scalp is packed full of sensual nervesCredit: Getty Images - Getty You’ll probably be familiar with most of them, but what happens when you step out of that familiar zone and into unchartered territory? Pleasure… that’s what! Here sex and relationship expert Anabelle Knight guides you through five unexpected erogenous zones, so that you can enjoy the happiest and healthiest sex life possible. Scalp Packed with sensual nerve endings the scalp is one of the best unknownerogenous zones. Don’t believe me? 3Surprisingly your stomach could also be the key to spicing up your sex lifeCredit: Getty Images - Getty Then try the Sedol Portable Head Massager and thank me later. If you prefer manual stimulation, then have your partner use the very tips of their fingers, to gently massage your scalp. The less surface area you touch the more heightened those sensations will...
    Picking the right colour for a room can make a world of difference, but it can be difficult to know where to start.  Speaking to FEMAIL, Alison Standish, a leading UK colour therapist working with technology brand LG, explained the hues that foster the desired emotions and feelings in each room of the home, from a clean bathroom to a calming bedroom.  Alison said that subtle shades of terracotta in the living room can help make it more welcoming to guests, while yellow will help with digestion in the kitchen.    Here, Alison shares her tips...    Front door and hallways: Black, dark green, or dark blue  As one of the UK's leading colour therapists, Alison Standish, in collaboration with LG, told FEMAIL which colours to use in order to sell your house and making it as welcoming as possible. She said a black front door conveyed a sleek look, and that dark colours gave a feeling of authority and structure to a house (stock image) 'Choose either a Black front door, which will be elegant and sleek, or dark green,...
    This article was medically reviewed by Olivia P. Myrick, MD, a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. It's normal to have less sex after menopause, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it or still be intimate with your partner. Fuse/Getty Images You may have less sex after menopause due to a decrease in libido, discomfort during sex, and reduced bladder control.  To have better sex after menopause, you should consider hormone replacement therapies, trying kegel exercises, and openly communicating with your partner. Overall, if you're experiencing trouble with sex after menopause, talking with a doctor or sex therapist can help you find the best individual treatment options for your health. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice....
    HAVING great sex all depends on what you put in your mouth. That’s right – we’re talking about your diet. Shutterstock 9 Put a spark into your sex life by eating the right food Eating the right food can help pep up your hormones and sex organs, says author Christine DeLozier, author of Diet For Great Sex. The acupuncturist, who specialises in sexual health, says: “We think of great sex as being an experience of the mind. But physiologically it’s when our nerves are firing rapid, strong signals to and from our genitals, when our blood is flowing adequately and when our sex hormones are balanced. “When all those are in line, we have better orgasms, so what we eat very much affects us in the bedroom.” Mum-of-four Christine, who studied biology and psychology at the University of Rochester, New York, and also holds a master’s degree, said: “I have seen in my own patients, the more dedicated they are to the plan, the better the results.” Here, Kate Jackson looks at what you need to eat to feed...
    When I wrote my first book, Hot Sex, back in 1999, I confessed to regularly enjoying two orgasms a day. I still haven’t lived it down. ‘Come on, we all know why you aren’t picking up,’ people continue to say to me if ever I miss a phone call. In my defence, I was 37 in 1999, and I honestly thought it’s what everyone was up to at that age. Apparently, they weren’t. I have always had a high libido. Which is partly what made it so devastating when it plummeted, catastrophically, after menopause.  Sex expert Tracey Cox (pictured) reveals her sex drive disappeared when she hit the menopause It wasn’t that I suddenly hated sex. Far worse than that: I simply forgot about it. My sex drive, which for all of my adult life formed such a big part of my identity, just fell away. Here I was, a ‘sexpert’ for three decades, the author of 17 books on the subject, countless columns and TV programmes and sex was no longer on my radar. It was like someone...
    HAVE you ever woken from a solid sleep after having a raunchy sex dream about someone you, well, shouldn't be bonking? If you have, you're not alone, and while dreaming about shagging your boss or an ex may seem harmless (I mean, it's just a dream, right?), there is a reason behind it. 5Dream expert and wellbeing consultant Lee Chambers MSc MBPsS explains what your sex dreams really meanCredit: Getty Images - Getty Our dreams often stem from thoughts filling your head before you sleep, but some aren't as straight forward as they seem. While there's certainly something sexy about entering forbidden territories, and spending the night with someone who is usually off limits, our dreams don't always reflect our actual thoughts and desires - so what do they ACTUALLY mean? Fabulous called in the experts and enlisted the help of Luxury Bed Co who asked dream expert and wellbeing consultant Lee Chambers MSc MBPsS for answers. Here, Lee explains the meanings behind our sex dreams... 5Dreaming about bonking your ex is pretty commonCredit:...
    A SEXPERT has revealed the "disturbing" reason women don't want sex - so can you relate? Writing for news.com.au, Sydney-based Nadia Bokody reflected on her career as a columnist - and all the slut-shaming she's experienced since daring to admit she enjoys sex. 2Nadia Bokody argues the reason for the myth of the flagging female libido is because women are taught to suppress their desire from a young ageCredit: nadiabokody/Instagram Nadia says women are encouraged to tone down their sexuality, for fear of how men will treat them - leading to the myth of the low female libido. She explained: "Women have been taught to repress this side of ourselves. "And some of us get so good at smothering our desire, we ultimately manage to extinguish it." Sound familiar? So what can be done to boost our sex lives? 2Nadia says masturbation is the key to reigniting your libidoCredit: nadiabokody/Instagram Nadia said: "The best thing you can do to reignite your libido, is schedule in regular self-pleasure sessions." Some women have spent so long ignoring their sexual signals, they...
    Psychologist Jaimie Bloch (pictured) says it's easy to fall into a constant stream of negativity in a year characterised by raging bushfires, political unrest and the ever present shadow of the pandemic Mindlessly flicking through apps filled with negative stories about COVID-19 and general global pandemonium now has a name: 'doomscrolling'. The term, coined by New York University clinical psychiatrist Ariane Ling, refers to 'the act of endlessly scrolling down one's news apps, Twitter and social media and reading bad news' - and experts warn it's seriously damaging our health. Sydney psychologist Jaimie Bloch says it's easy to fall into a constant stream of negativity in a year characterised by raging bushfires, political unrest and the ever present shadow of the pandemic. And with the coronavirus crisis showing little sign of waning, Ms Bloch told Daily Mail Australia we have developed an addiction to information in our search for clarity, certainty and control. She believes the creation of websites exclusively dedicated to tracking coronavirus cases and deaths has done more harm than good. 'It's programmed us all to be...
    IS your love life a case of “bed and bored”? Your lacklustre libido could be written in the stars, unfortunately. 5Mars is in retrograde right now and it could affect your libidoCredit: Shutterstock Steamy sex is becoming a distant memory for some . . .  and astrologers say that is because Mars is in retrograde right now. They believe our levels of tiredness will increase, while our sex lives shrink – lasting well into November. This celestial event means Mars is spinning so fast it looks like it is rotating backwards. So traits associated with the Red Planet – ego, motivation, aggression and libido – turn upside-down. While any of us could be affected, cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be hardest hit. Fabulous astrology and tarot card columnist Kerry King says: “Within this group, singletons should avoid getting into new relationships or entering with big expectations. “All signs will see a slowing down of energy levels and libido.” So how will a retrograde Mars affect your sex life and relationships? Here, Kerry explains to Siobhan O'Connor just what it all...
    IF you've piled on a few extra pounds in recent months you may be feeling out of sorts. Weight gain can leave our jeans a little too tight and can also leave us lacking in confidence. 4Weight gain can leave us feeling blue but can also be detrimental to your sex lifeCredit: Getty - Contributor But experts have now claimed that piling on the pounds can also have a negative impact on our sex life. Speaking to The Sun, Dr Sarah Welsh, gynaecology doctor and co-founder of HANX said that excess weight can pose a number of issues - especially when it comes to enjoying yourself between the sheets. As well as this it could affect your fertility and could even raise your risk of developing vaginal infections. Carrying extra weight can also make it harder for you to fight off infection. This has become even clearer during the coronavirus pandemic as experts have claimed that obese people may have to stay at home and shield if a second wave hits the UK this winter. Losing weight is beneficial for many reasons...
    When I first got with my now husband, I was so deliriously besotted with him and our sex life, I shared an extremely intimate video of us with a few of my closest friends. My friends are used to me being open about sex and asking them all sorts in the interest of research for my books, but this was one step too far in the completely wrong direction. It was way, way, WAY TMI. Why did I do it? Mostly because I was happy and excited about my new relationship and wanted to share this with my friends. Was I wrong to do it? Hell, yes! I still have no idea what I was thinking. (OK, I do. Lust and love send you barmy at the beginning.) My friends were amused and indulged me but they were also shocked to be shown something so personal. I feel hot with embarrassment every time I think about it – and that was nine years ago. Tracey Cox reveals the different sex secrets that are OK to talk about with friends...
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