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HGH doesn’t just make you good at baseball; the human growth hormone, which is released during orgasm (who knew?), also stimulates collagen and could even make your skin appear more supple. A-Rod does have a great complexion

6. Orgasm your way to better sleep:

Here’s a partial look at some of what is happening in your body—and to your libido—in each of the four phases of your cycle.

Follicular phase (the 7 to 10 days after the end of your period)

During this phase: Your sex hormones are low during this phase and your brain is primed for novelty.
What this means for your sex life:
Your vagina may be drier during this phase, so using a natural lubricant is a great choice. With your brain ready for new experiences, don’t Netflix and chill during this phase. Find new activities to do, or new places to go and see, whether by yourself or with a partner. This is a fantastic time to try new things in the bedroom, too.

Ovulatory phase (the 3 to 4 days in the middle of your cycle when you ovulate)

During this phase: Your sex hormones are surging, you have lots of natural lubrication, and you are in the mood to socialize and connect – in the sexual setting that means more flirting and talking.
What this means for your sex life:
Orgasms tend to come easier when you are ovulating and your verbal skills will be at their best, so be clear and confident about what you want—and don’t feel guilty about asking for the sexual activities that really make your body tingle

Luteal phase (the 10 to 14 days after ovulation and before your period)

During this phase: Your hormones remain high during the first half of this phase and then start to wane just before your period. Emotionally, this is an introspective and honest time for you, allowing you to see your relationship and yourself with clear(er) eyes.
What this means for your sex life:
During the first half of this phase, your hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) are high and, likely, so is your libido. As your hormones dip, your sex drive will slow down and you might crave slower sex with more foreplay. Lubricant is valuable in the second half of this phase, too. 

Menstrual phase (the 3 to 7 days of your period)

During this phase: Your hormones drop significantly, your uterus increases in volume (just before your bleed), and you crave “me time.”
What this means for your sex life:
Your interest in sex is likely lower than normal during this time thanks to waning hormones, and you may face internalized or externalized messages to avoid sex during your period. If you don’t feel like having sex during your period because your hormones are low and your desire naturally went down with them, that’s great. The menstrual phase is a wonderful time to step back from socializing and connecting and focus on yourself. But if you want to have sex, don’t let cultural taboos get in the way. Sex can feel even more amazing during this period because the increase in uterine volume just before your bleed can enhance sensation in a toe-tingling way! Many women also find that sex helps ease menstrual cramps. You can think of it almost like an internal massage for your uterus.

Food comes first when you’re working to build up the key micronutrients you need to balance your hormones, boost your libido, and have more satisfying sex. But even if you’re eating perfectly, it’s often difficult to get enough of the micronutrients you need to benefit your sex life. 

B vitamins. B vitamins promote a sense of calm and help fight the corrosive, sex-killing effects of stress. If stress is putting a damper on your sex drive, B vitamins can help. 

Zinc. Testosterone (albeit in smaller amounts than in men) helps power women’s libido, and zinc supports healthy levels of testosterone. If you feel like you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling, making sure your body has adequate stores of zinc is a great place to start. 

Magnesium. While zinc helps promote healthier testosterone levels, magnesium helps keep testosterone circulating in the bloodstream. Like B vitamins, magnesium has also been shown to help reduce anxiety—and less anxiety leaves more emotional space for play and sensuality.

Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are linked to improvements in mood and overall health, two factors that can increase your desire for sex. Studies also suggest a link between healthy levels of omega-3s and better orgasms. 

Probiotics. The power of probiotics to affect mood is so well established in the medical literature that they are now sometimes referred to as ‘psychobiotics.’ If low mood is behind your dwindling desire, taking a probiotic can help shift your internal microbial ecosystem in ways that elevate your mood—and make you naturally more interested in sexual activity

Make your pleasure a priority, ladies.

xo

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