Crying children and smelly nappies may not sound like the best way to get in the mood for love, but researchers have found that visiting your friends who have recently become mums is one of the strongest natural aphrodisiacs. Within the study those women who smelt pads from breastfeeding women reported a dramatic increase in sexual desire and sexual fantasies. Best book a visit to the maternity award ladies!
Indulge in chocolate
We all know that sucking on a piece of melting chocolate is fabulous. What we might not know is that chocolate contains phenethylamine, a nutrient that we produce when we fall in love. Fantastically, this nutrient also increases your libido and makes eating chocolate a guilt-free pleasure. The higher the cocoa content the better; so choose a bar that is made from at least 60-70 per cent cocoa solid chocolate. Get munching girls.
Your boss has been nagging you, the plumbing is broken and your in-laws are coming for the weekend; do you want sex? The answer is always going to be no. When your rational brain is in overdrive the stress hormone, cortisol, is released. Cortisol suppresses your oestrogen secretion and this lowers your libido. Counteract stress with massages, a hot bath or a visit to a steam room. Also try to make sex one of your priorities and you’ll soon see the benefits.
To get some more action you need to get pumping. Performing pelvic floor exercises will make you more aware of the muscles involved in sexual pleasure. To strengthen these muscles, sit comfortably and squeeze as if you are trying to stop the flow of urine. Repeat this 10-15 times in a row, without holding your breath, or your stomach, butt and thigh muscles. Once you have built some strength into these muscles you will notice that you are more sensitive during sex.
Have a cuddle
Sometimes you just can’t beat a good hug. Although a hug can seem harmless enough, it has the potential to lead to something a little more intimate; sex. Researcher, Dr Michel Odent, explains that we all need oxytocin to get sexually aroused. We receive increased levels of oxytocin when we have skin-to-skin contact with our partners. Next time you and your man are watching a film, remember to snuggle up to him, who knows where it could lead.
Put down that wine glass
A few cheeky glasses of wine on a date may seem like the perfect way to get into the boy’s pants, but think again. Alcohol diminishes sexual arousal and although studies have shown that women are more likely to have sex after drinking, according to their findings, those women who do have sex when drunk enjoy it less. To reduce the amount you drink why not try having a glass of water between each drink, or rather than go to a pub, meet at a café.
It may sound disgusting, it may be your worst nightmare, but bear with us when we say that sniffing your man’s sweaty gym kit may turn you on. According to scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, smelling male sweat can increase sexual arousal. If you can’t face taking a whiff of his smelly underarms, why not work out with him? You’ll still pick up his scent and you’ll be getting fitter.