5 Steps to an Increased Sex Drive

So you finally found someone you want to have a sustained sexual and emotional relationship with? We bet you thought that finding him or her was the hard part. Wrong. The hard part is sustaining your sex drive. If your sex drive is in the toilet, don't jump the gun and think it's because there's something wrong with your relationship.

According to sexologist Michael Ra Bouchard, the three biggest reasons for a low libido are stress, anxiety and fatigue. And if you take antidepressants, those happy pills may be to blame. Up to 40% of people who take antidepressants suffer from a decreased sex drive or difficulty in achieving an orgasm. If you want to rev up your sexual engine, consider these fixes:

Take care of yourself: How many hours of sleep do you get per night? If you're tired, no wonder you want to use the bed for sleep, not sex. Sleep more and work out. Exercising will increase your energy level. Doctors recommend getting 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity three times per week. We won't insult your intelligence by telling you that watching what you eat won't hurt either. Rule of thumb: Having a healthy sex drive requires that you be healthy.

Make sex a priority: You schedule time for meetings and manicures. Why not schedule time for sex? Make sex dates so that you'll have something to look forward to during work. Mail your partner one of the invitations in Laura Corn's "52 Invitations to Grrreat Sex." She provides instructions for sex dates and sex tricks that will blow your mind.

Don't pressure yourself: If you think of sex as a chore, you'll never want to do it. Don't pay attention to statistics about the average amount of times per month couples have sex. Pay attention to your own body.

There's more than one thing to do in bed: Stress being together sexually, not just penetration. Remember what it was like just to make out with someone? Grope, neck and give each other massages. Who knows where that might lead?

Medicate yourself: Most Westerners' first impulse is to run to the doctor when something ails them. A better alternative is to run to the health store. Consider stocking your medicine cabinet with herbal aphrodisiacs. A study found that substances in Ginseng worked in a similar way to Viagra. Ginkgo increases blood flow, aiding both your mental process and sex drive. A University of California at San Francisco study found that Gingko was 84% effective in helping men and women with low sex drives.

Follow these tips and you may just feel 17 years old again.

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