Ah, the festive season is upon us again. A time filled with the chaos of visiting extended family and friends, rushing at the last minute to find presents and making everything perfect for your guests.
Unfortunately, the constant hustle-and-bustle can get in the way of emotional and sexual intimacy between you and your partner. Luckily, we’ve compiled four tips to ensure that you can keep the spark bright in the bedroom this festive season.
1. Exercise together
Exercise releases endorphins which will give both of you more energy and reduce your stress levels, making you more inclined to crave intimacy. So, get moving together! Working out can also increase confidence in your body, which can lead to a willingness to enjoy experiences such as trying new sex positions.
Read our article about five exercises for a better sex life for a more in-depth insight into which exercises will light your fire.
2. Plan ahead
The holiday season is manic, so when you eventually do have some time to be intimate with your partner, ensure you have everything that you need, especially contraceptives – always practice safe sex. Remember, condoms are the only contraceptive method that protects against the transference of STIs and prevents pregnancy. Read our article for more information about the different types of contraception.
3. Do your homework
You never know when a new move or position may give you an incredible orgasm. There are many books and articles written by sexual health professionals that offer valuable information, from the best sex positions to effective communication methods (which is key to a healthy sex life). If you’re curious about anything you’ve read, speak to your partner about it and give it a try. You’ve nothing to lose.
4. Don’t overlook foreplay
Even if you and your partner don’t have a lot of time to be intimate, don’t neglect foreplay. It can actually be the difference between an excellent sexual experience and a bad one. It also helps both of you get in the mood physically and emotionally.
From a medical perspective, foreplay helps with the flow of lubrication to the vagina, making sex much more pleasurable. So, remind your partner that hugging, kissing and caressing will go a long way to having better sex this festive season.
How Marie Stopes can help you
Marie Stopes offers women’s wellness check-ups which include an STI and HIV testing as well as a contraceptive consultation by medical professionals in a safe, clean environment. Find your nearest centre to get yourself tested.
Make an appointment at your nearest Marie Stopes clinic, and make sure you’re healthy, protected and ready for the festivities ahead. If you follow these tips, you can confidently say that the holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year!