The one holiday we either love or hate is coming. For all of the Valentine’s lovers out there, I’ve compiled a list of four quick tips for a safe and sexy Valentine’s Day.
1. Do something exciting.
When we are physiologically pumped up, like when a heart rate is up or you are out of breath, it imitates feelings of attraction. Remember when you first held hands with that special someone? You had butterflies in your stomach, and it felt like your heart was beating out of your chest. Recreate this attraction by doing something daring. Hit the slopes at Rib Mountain, watch a scary movie together or engage in intimate activities.
2. Try new foods.
Aphrodisiacs, named after Aphrodite the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty, are foods and drinks thought to increase sexual desire. Although controversy surrounds whether or not certain foods work, a healthy diet and exercise is good for sexual libido. If you are searching for a particular ingredient to enhance your sexual performance, the amino acid arginine is proven to increase circulation. Extra blood flowing through the body is great for sexual arousal in males and females. Foods like granola, oatmeal, peanuts, garlic and dairy are just a few of the foods that can increase your blood flow, as well.
3. Check out a new erogenous zone.
Erogenous zones are areas of the body that may elicit a sexual response. The zones are packed full of nerve endings which cause pleasure for most people. The genitals, nipples, mouth, neck and ears are erogenous zones. Touching the underarms, inner arms and the fingertips cause sexual sensations, as well. Discover how different sensations tickle your nerve endings by touching yourself or someone else different ways. Light brushes of the fingertips cause different sensations than strong, deep touches.
4. Safe sex is the best sex.
Using contraceptives alleviates anxiety, so you can thoroughly enjoy sexual experiences. Condoms are the best method to protect against sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Although condoms can be a pest when you’re in the moment, make sure to use them. Remember, oral contraceptives don’t protect against infections.
Reproductive Health Peer Educator