A healthy $ex life does not always mean having too much $ex! It’s the equilibrium between quality and quantity, and it can differ from couple to couple and person to person.
Is it possible to have too much $ex?
The average adult engages in $exual activity 54 times annually, according to a study published in the Archives of $exual Behaviour. If that’s right, a $ex session once a week may seem ample enough. But some people indukge in it more, and that’s okay. As long as both you and your partner are happy and comfortable and there are no physical issues while having more $ex, all’s well.
But sometimes, doing it excessively or too frequently, may take a toll on you.
What happens to the body when you have too much $ex?
1. Vaginal dryness
Vaginal dryness can be one of the first obvious symptom of a long $ex session. Your body’s natural lubricant begins to deteriorate, which causes pain, dryness, and friction. Vaginal dryness is common among menopausal women, which causes a lot of discomfort during penetration and $exual contact.
If your external skin, the vulva, and your labia become engorged and swollen after intercourse, back off until you feel okay. The sore vagina can become more excessive leading to pain. Try an ice pack for relief, and consider using vaginal lubrication the next time you have $ex to create enough wetness in the vagina for a prolonged $ex session.
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3. Pain during $ex
Even if having $ex is the most enjoyable activity, having more $ex than usual may cause genital pain. It’s common to feel pain occasionally, but persistent pain indicates a problem. So speak to your physician.
4. Burning sensation
Many people describe the pain they experience during intercourse as soreness, burning sensation, or dull ache. A burning sensation in the vagina during or after $ex might make it uncomfortable and signal that you need to stop or take a break.
5. Urinary tract infection
Pain, dryness, irritation, burning, and rashes are all symptoms of having had too much $ex. Infections of the bladder and vagina are another painful symptom. You might be having too much $ex if you keep getting infections.
Keep these 5 tips in mind for a healthy $ex session:
1. Use lubricant: Using a water-based lubricant helps to reduce friction and dryness and to have prolonged $ex.
2. Include foreplay: Always aim for at least 10 minutes to allow your bodies to warm up while using the foreplay technique. So touch, kiss, and cuddle with your partner.
3. Change your position: If you experience sharp pain during $ex, switch to another position so your partner might be able to regulate penetration to a depth that feels good to you.
4. Do kegel exercises: These can help you strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that can further help manage position during $ex, supporting your bladder. This can also improve blood flow down there and make it easier to reach orgasm.
5. Take a break: If you’re experiencing issues while having intercourse, take a break.