And make the process as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Worrying about reaching an orgasm, the state of your body, or problems at work can all interfere with a healthy intimate life. Scientific studies and sex educators explain why difficulties arise and how to relax during sex.
What can make it hard to relax during sex
Sex education based on fear
Psychotherapist Rachel Wright believes that conversations about sex often focus not on pleasure, but on what not to do. According to the specialist, much more often we are told how not to get an STI or an unwanted pregnancy. Because of this, we begin to fear sex, because it supposedly goes hand in hand with various dangers. Therefore, in the process, people may think not about pleasure, but about the harm that intimacy can bring.
Influence of porn
According to Rachel Wright, people who have not received sex education turn to pornography for help . However, films for adults, according to the expert, are created for entertainment. Learning to have sex from pornography is not worth it – it creates unrealistic expectations. Because of this, anxiety about their skills can develop. As a result, it is more difficult to relax during sex.
A study published in the Journal of Sex Research found that about a third of female students become uncomfortable during sex. Reason: They didn’t like the way their body looked. Shyness and complexes made it difficult to enjoy sex and get an orgasm.
According to Rachel Wright, sometimes self-doubt manifests itself due to the fact that a person considers himself a bad lover . He worries that he does not get an orgasm himself or cannot please his partner. The specialist says that if you focus on these fears, they will only grow. And if you ignore them or push them away, then during sex you will be even more tense.
Household chores, which are still mostly done by women, problems at work and other everyday difficulties increase the level of stress. Because of this, girls have a reduced libido and it is more difficult for them to focus on sexual arousal.
Sexualized violence in the past
Rape Crisis England & Wales, an organization fighting sexualized violence, believes that violence can affect sex life. Unpleasant memories pop up in the head of the victims, and some actions are perceived as triggers.
How to Relax During Sex
Talk to a partner
A study by American psychologists shows that couples who openly discuss their needs and desires maintain a healthier sex life. According to the survey, women who talked more with their partner about sex were more likely to reach orgasm.
Rachel Wright advises to talk openly about your feelings and experiences. For example, if you are nervous that it will take a long time to reach an orgasm or not reach it at all, share this with a partner. According to the specialist, voicing feelings will help normalize them, and negative thoughts will not be confusing during sex.
Research shows that masturbation can actually improve relationships with the body and sexuality. With the help of masturbation, you can understand which practices are more pleasant for you during sex, what positions you like, in which place it is more pleasant to touch. If you learn how to act alone, sex with a partner can be more enjoyable. You will feel more confident and less stressed in the process.
Rachel Wright suggests adding fantasies about a partner to masturbation. The expert believes that this is how the brain will get used to the fact that it can be as comfortable with a partner as it is alone with yourself.
Try Self Acceptance Practices
If you’re concerned about how you look, you can try the practice described by sex educator and author of The Way a Woman Wants, Emily Nagoski.
Stand in front of a mirror as naked as you feel comfortable and look at your reflection. Then write down a couple of things you like about your body. Even if it’s the little things like eyelashes or the shape of toenails. Repeat the practice every day, noticing something new. Over time, Nagoska says, you … Read the rest