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What To Do Now For Better Sexual Health Later

Your body's health is a big deal, but what are you doing for your sexual health?

Health in any case is being talked about more and more, but when it comes to sex the aspect of sexual health gets majorly overlooked. Stop taking your body for granted and learn how to maintain your goods for the long run. Regardless of your gender, age, and relationship status these tips are the saving grace for your body and sex drive.

1. Talk to your partner

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Communication is key in all aspects of life, your sex life is no different. Talking about sex can be an awkward conversation but you can't expect any change unless it's discussed. The American Sexual Health Association has a great list of topics that should be discussed in any relationship. Not sure how to get the conversation started? No worries, they have some ideas for that as well.

2. Eat better


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Eat good, feel good. That large order of cheese balls may be doing wonders now, but not so much in an hour. Based on Harvard's Health Guide, "Overindulgence in fatty foods leads to high blood cholesterol and obesity—both major risk factors for cardiovascular disease." Cardiovascular disease means trouble with bloodflow, and trouble with bloodflow means trouble with arousal. No, thank you.

3. Exercise regularly


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"After 35 to 40 minutes of moderate exercise, everything in your body is going right your blood is circulating, your nervous system is firing, so scheduling sex right after you exercise makes for good sex." recommends, Janet Hyde, PhD, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Simply making the time for a light work out or jog can do wonders. Psychologist Judith Gerber, PhD, comments, "The less exercise, the lower the desire and sexual satisfaction."

4. Drink plenty of water


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The main component of our bodies is water, but without the proper water intake how are our bodies affected? Dr. Elist explains water serves to hydrate tissues, filter out toxins, effects dryness of the skin and lips, and improves circulation. And, as you probably know, healthy circulation is a key ingredient to successful sex.

5. Use it or lose it


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You've heard this before, but its never been more true than regarding your sex life. According to Harvard's Health Guide, "When estrogen drops at menopause, the vaginal walls lose some of their elasticity. You can slow this process or even reverse it through sexual activity."

6. Limit your alcohol intake


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According to Healthline, "Drinking one glass of wine can put you at ease and increase your interest in becoming intimate. But too much alcohol can ruin your ability to perform... Too much alcohol can also inhibit your ability to orgasm."

7. Take multivitamins


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A multivitamin a day keeps the lethargy away. "Low folate levels can make you feel tired, with no energy for sex," says Martha Morris, PhD, a Tufts University researcher.

8. Quit Smoking


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We all know the serious health effects smoking has been linked to such as cancer and respiratory issues, but how does smoking influence your sexual health? According to Harvard's Health Guide, "women who smoke tend to go through menopause two years earlier than their nonsmoking counterparts." Smoking has also been shown to affect your sense of smell and taste, two wonderful parts of the sexual experience.

9. Get enough sleep


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Those 8 hours aren't just a suggestion. According to Healthline, "Being busy makes it difficult to make time for a sex. Boost your energy and sex drive by taking naps when you can." You don't have to tell us twice!

10. Consult your doctor


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"Is that normal?" If this is a frequent thought you have in relation to your sex life it's better to be safe than sorry. Healthline suggests consulting your doc to help with any even slight issues to be able to identify underlying issues.

You are in total control of your sexual health, take notes and be serious about it. The sooner you adress these things the better off you are. Your future self will thank you.

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Alisha Humiston

Alisha is a student at Iowa State University. When she isn't in class or writing for More you can find her watching New Girl, planning her next adventure, or eating way too much cheese. One day she hopes to get her own joke printed on a Laffy Taffy wrapper.

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