We’d all like to enjoy a healthy, satisfying sex life. If you’re not careful though, you could end up making mistakes when it comes to the physical side of your relationships. Here are four sex-related faux pas that you might not even know you’re guilty of.
1) Not facing up to sexual problems
Sexual problems can be embarrassing to discuss and if you’re suffering from an issue of this kind, you might be tempted to bury your head in the sand. This is not the right approach though. If you fail to face up to the problem, you won’t be able to tackle it and you could end up driving a wedge between you and your partner. Sexual problems are much more common that you might think, so there’s no need to feel ashamed. For example, it’s thought that around half of men aged 40 to 70 have erectile dysfunction. Meanwhile, issues like pain during intercourse, problems with orgasm and loss of arousal affect approximately half of women at some point in their lives.
Instead of simply hoping these problems with get better by themselves, it pays off to speak to your doctor. You may need treatment for an underlying health complaint or you might be advised to take advantage of talking therapies. There are also targeted medicines available to treat a range of sexual problems. For example, you can get prescriptions for erectile dysfunction medicines like Viagra online or from your GP.
2) Opening condom packets with your teeth
In the heat of the moment, you might sometimes find yourself tearing open condom packets with your teeth. This can seem like a straightforward, quick and easy way to access the contents, but in fact it’s a risky approach. Using your teeth, or other sharp objects like scissors or knives, to get into the packets means you’re more likely to damage the contents inside. So, unless you’re ready to start a family, take care when you’re opening these foil wrappers.
3) Not reading the instructions on lubrication
Sticking with the theme of condoms, did you know that certain types of lubrication can damage these contraceptives? Oil-based products like massage lotions, moisturisers and Vaseline can weaken latex, making condoms more likely to break. When you’re looking for lube that’s safe to use with latex, go for water-based products instead. These lubricants can be used with all condoms. If you’re unsure when you’re shopping, read the packaging carefully.
4) Not communicating with your partner
Communication plays an important role in sex and if you’re not open and honest with your partner about what you want, the chances are you won’t be able to get the most out of your sessions between the sheets. By letting your other half know what you like, and encouraging them to do the same, you can pave the way to more satisfying sex. You might feel shy at first, but once you get into the habit of talking to each other about these issues, it should come naturally.
If you’re making any of these mistakes, now’s the time to make some changes. Whether you’re risking unwanted pregnancy, you’re not facing up to problems between the sheets or you struggle to speak to your partner about sex, following this advice should help you to put things right.