Improving your sex drive

Laura Mappas
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

According to a new study, nearly half of all women under 60 have some sort of sexual dysfunction. If this is you, then recharge your lagging libido with these natural remedies…

Tasty tempters
Martha Hopkins, co-author of Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook suggests preparing a special meal for that someone is a sure-fire way to reignite the fire. ''Cooking for somebody else says, 'I care about you' — and that's the biggest turn-on of all,'' she says.

In-the-mood foods
Foods that are quick and easy to make, so that you're not exhausted by the time you're finished cooking, are the best options. Chocolate treats are one of Hopkins' favourites. Why? Because chocolate melting in your mouth triggers the same ''Mmm'' and ''Ahh'' sounds as lovemaking.

Dealing with relationship woes
''If we're upset about something, we often bring it to the bedroom with us,'' says Calee Spinncy from Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the US. Amy Levine, a sexuality educator, agrees, ''Not feeling supported can make any woman's libido disappear.''

Setting the mood
This is a simple one — putting on your favourite music or spraying on some of your favourite perfume can have a positive effect on your libido and get you in the mood for lovemaking.

Body confidence
Low sex drive can be associated with poor body image. The more confident you feel about your shape and size, the sexier you will feel.

Communicating is key
Talk to your partner, explaining your needs and even giving some helpful hints about what they can do to get you in the mood.

Make time for intimacy
The ''hurried woman syndrome'' is often to blame for low sex drive — after all, who has time to go to work, cook the dinner, drop the kids off at school and fit in quality alone time with their partner? If this is you, it's time to reprioritise and to make time for intimacy.

More foreplay!
During mid-life women can become less sexually responsive due to decreasing hormone levels. So take your time, paying more attention to the all-important foreplay can make for bountiful bedroom action.

Rest and relaxation
Stress, fatigue, menopause and illness can all alter a woman's sex drive. If this sounds familiar, then why not try lovemaking in the morning, rather than at the end of the day, when you're weary for your day's work?

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