From protecting yourself against STDs to avoiding dry lady parts and embarrassing farts, here are five pre-sex no-nos you may want to take under consideration before your next roll in the hay.
1. Taking an antihistamine
Antihistamines work by drying out your mucous membranes to relieve nasal congestion… and in doing so, can also dry out other parts of your body, especially the vagina, says Nicole E Williams, board-certified gynaecologic surgeon. Long story short, no matter how turned on you might be, your vagina will not get the memo.
Foods can affect vaginal odour and taste. Super-spicy foods like jalapeños can cause gas, bloating and farts that just won’t quit. What’s worse, the residue left on your hands and in your mouth post-nosh is notorious for setting genitals on fire.
3. Drinking too much
One study at the University of Missouri-St. Louis found that 11% of alcohol users had problems achieving orgasm: Men who drank had a harder time ejaculating (pun totally intended), while women needed an extra stimulation for their grand finale.
4. Using food as foreplay
Using anything with sugar in it as a lubricant (whether on purpose or not) can cause a yeast infection, as yeast thrives on sugar,” says a doctor.
5. Don't eat a heavy meal.
Carby, fatty and sugary foods can all trigger a pretty strong slow-down signal to your brain as soon as they hit your gut. The signal tells your brain to slow down so the body can focus on the task at hand -- digesting all the food you just chowed down. As you eat more and more, your body releases more insulin in the digestion process -- which only leads to increased serotonin and melatonin in the brain -- making you drowsy.