That being said, only you and your partner can decide how much sex is right for both of you. Studies show that regularly having sex is a more important factor in keeping a happy relationship than money.
Factors Affecting the Sex Drive
Examples of outside factors impacting you or your partner’s sex life include:
Stress — in general or about the relationship
Changes in the body due to aging and health issues
Falling into a routine that’s become boring
Being busy with kids, family, or career
Not feeling comfortable communicating with each other
Not feeling seen or heard by your partner
“These different factors can also affect one another”. For example, if your body changes for some reason, you may begin to develop a poor body image. Feeling uncomfortable in your body might lead you to withdraw sexually from a partner.
How To Improve Your Sex Life
Reduce stress – Stress can hinder a happy sex life for you and your partner. Anyone experiencing stress may find a decrease in their libido.
Try something new – If you’ve been with your partner for a long time, it’s easy to assume you know everything about their sexual preferences. Instead, ask them questions like what their best sexual experience was, a time they felt dissatisfied, or what’s something they’ve always wanted to do. Trying new positions can revitalize your sex life.
Foreplay – Foreplay can be much more than physical touch or sexual acts. The path to great sex begins long before you enter the bedroom. Creating a safe space for your partner, and treating them with kindness, affection, and respect, provides a jumping off point for a deep, meaningful connection during sex.
Communicate with each other – If you want to try new things or change your sex life, it all requires open and honest communication. When discussing sex with your partner, Make sure your partner feels heard without judgment and comfortable sharing both their sexual needs and limits.
Work to sync your sex drives – Sex drives vary from person to person, making it difficult for couples to find the right balance. This may mean one partner occasionally has sex slightly more or less often than they would prefer, but considering each other’s needs is key.
It’s important to keep in mind that consent is always necessary to engage in a sexual encounter. If you don’t want to have sex, don’t have sex. And, don’t force a partner to have sex unless they are completely comfortable in doing so.
Benefits Of Sexual Intimacy
• Allows people to express and experience connection
• Creates a pleasurable, physical feeling
• Strengthens emotional bonds
• Releases dopamine during orgasm, which helps people feel calmer and closer to each other
• May lower your blood pressure
The most important thing in your relationship is to talk to each other about your sexual desires and keep the lines of communication open. If you want to have sex more frequently or spice things up between the sheets, let your partner know. Communication, not sex, is the lifeline that your relationship needs to survive.