As much as we hate to admit it, all of us have experienced a decrease in sex drive at some point in our lives. It’s an upsetting thing to endure, because no matter how much you think about sex in your head, sometimes your body can’t follow through. There could be a number of reasons why you don’t feel like having sex. Maybe you and your partner have been on the rocks lately. Perhaps you’ve been dealing with some major stress from other parts of your life, like work or family matters.
There are possibly other less obvious reasons your sex drive isn’t in full force, though. Our bodies are complicated systems, so you’d be surprised at what affects our sex drive. It could be what you’re eating, how you’re sleeping, or how much water you’re drinking. Luckily, most of these things are easily fixed. Let’s not waste any time in identifying what they are, because good sex is waiting for you on the other side.
Here are eight surprising things that are destroying your sex drive.
1. You or your partner is snoring
2. You’ve been eating a lot of processed foods lately
3. You’re eating a lot of meat and fish products
4. You’re not drinking enough water
Dehydration is a serious thing, and it can affect you in many different ways. Not having enough water in your system causes brain cloudiness, headaches, and irritability. It also causes dryness in your vagina, because, well, you need water to create lubrication. Another unpleasant side effect of being dehydrated is your breath smells. All that put together does not make a recipe for great sex.
5. You or your SO’s sleep schedule is out of whack
6. You’ve recently changed your contraception
A study at the University of Stirling found that some women lost sexual attraction for their partner after they stopped taking the birth control pill. However, there are some women who find their sex drive decreases once they start taking the pill. The fake estrogen in the pill can have an adverse effect on the testosterone in a woman’s body, leaving them not as excited about sex as they once were before. If you notice any changes in your sex life after changing contraception, speak to your doctor immediately.
7. You and your SO eat a lot of sugar before you climb into bed
8. You’re not eating enough calories every day
If you’re on some sort of diet or detox, or you’re just not eating enough each day, you might find that you have a lot less interest in sex than you did before. When you restrict yourself of calories, your sex drive is immediately affected. Think about it: if you’re too tired to exercise because you haven’t eaten enough, then you likely won’t feel ready to have sex either. Make sure you’re eating a well balanced diet and putting enough calories into your body. Your sex life depends on it!