7 Not So Obvious Tips for Better Sex

Posted by on January 11, 2018 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 3 Comments

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By Anna Pulley | Alter Net

The standard advice for experiencing better, longer, mind-blowing-er orgasms is usually some variation of the insanely obvious. “Have you tried using a vibrator?” “Why not ‘change it up’ and have the woman be on top?” Which, sure, if you’re an inexperienced teen or have been living in a religious cult for the majority of your sexual life, such tips will probably be helpful. But for the rest of us who have at least a vague awareness of our sexual desires and access to books and the internet, these tips tend to miss the mark. Below is a guide that aims to help women have better, more fulfilling sex lives that go beyond the surface-level advice, and challenges some of our sex-negative cultural beliefs. Many of these are derived from Dr. Emily Nagoski’s excellent book, Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life and Jenny Block’s newly released O Wow: Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm.


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1. Your sex drive is fine!

One of the biggest deterrents to women’s sexual health and capacity for pleasure is the deeply ingrained and culturally reinforced idea that women’s sexual responses should mimic men’s sexual responses. That is, women should experience instantaneous desire (one stray sexual thought and you’re ready to bone the night away) or else they are deemed “broken.” But as Nagoski, who is a sex educator with a PhD, has done work at the Kinsey Institute, and is director of wellness education at Smith College, explains, women’s desire is more often responsive (not out of the blue, but coming gradually, in response to arousal but not preceding it). Women tend to believe they have “low or no desire” in comparison to men— and pharmaceutical companies are doing their damnedest to make women feel broken and that they need medical intervention, a la a pink Viagra—but it’s more often the case that they simply desire in a different way than men.

“What these women need is not medical treatment, but a thoughtful exploration of what creates desire between them and their partners. This is likely to include confidence in their bodies, feeling accepted, and (not least) explicitly erotic stimulation. Feeling judged or broken for their sexuality is exactly what they don’t need—and what will make their desire for sex genuinely shut down,” Nagoski writes.

2. Orgasms happen in your brain

Spectatoring describes the notion of worrying about our performance and sexual functioning while we are having sex. Many of us are guilty of it, and unsurprisingly, this kind of thinking does not tend to lead to mind-blowing orgasms. One way to stop spectatoring is to use mindfulness techniques, that is, when you notice you’re thinking negatively about yourself, stop, let the thought go, and switch gears to focus on something else, preferably a sensation, such as how your skin feels, your breath, how great your partner looks between your legs, basically anything to stop the negative cycle in your brain. Like all things, this can take practice, but retraining your brain is entirely possible.


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Part of reducing spectatoring is also shutting down those thoughts about “taking too long,” worrying what you look or smell like, or fear that your partner is getting bored. As Block, who has been a sex writer for Huffington Post and Playboy, writes, “There’s no such thing as ‘taking too long.’ The average woman needs 20-30 minutes of play to lead her to an orgasm. … Don’t apologize. Don’t rush. Worrying about the time keeps you from being present and makes it even more unlikely that you’ll come.”

3. Context is key

Nagoski reminds us that the reasons orgasms feel different—why sometimes you feel exploding rainbows of ecstasy and other times it’s about as exciting as eating hummus—is because they depend entirely on the context in which you experience them. She uses the example of tickling and how that can feel great when it’s used playfully, say while flirting with your partner, and awful when you’re annoyed and waiting in line at Trader Joe’s.

Pleasure is context-specific, and so is orgasm. In that sense, as Nagoski writes, “regardless of what body parts … are stimulated, the process is the same: Orgasm is the sudden release of sexual tension.” It’s all fine and good to experiment with different kinds of sensations to try to produce orgasms—e.g. G-spot stimulation, breast play, A-spots, U-spots, anal, and even using one’s mind to facilitate orgasm—but at the end of the day, there’s only one kind of sexual release, and what matters is how YOU experience that release. As Block put it, “The only right way to come is the way that makes you come.”

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4. Reduce your stress

You’ve probably heard this one before, but when it comes to sex, managing stress is a) often harder than it sounds and b) not simply just about “calming down.” According to Come As You Are, “stress reduces sexual interest in 80-90 percent of people and reduces sexual pleasure in everyone.” The best way to deal with stress is to allow your body to “complete the stress response cycle”—not shutting down the feelings and fears associated with stress, but doing activities that tell your body and brain that you are relaxed and safe.

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