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10 Tips For Better Sex - Sexual Health Week

The 16th - 22nd September is Sexual Health Week, so we’ve compiled our top ten tips for healthy, happy sex!

1. Do Your Kegels

Kegel8 Kegel BallsI know we’ve said it before but we’ll keep on saying it… kegel exercise can improve your sex life! For ladies, the pelvic floor surrounds the vaginal walls, so when your pelvic floor muscles are weak you will feel a little ‘slack’ and lose sensation. Toning up your pelvic floor will make you feel tight, give you better orgasms and improve sensation for both you and your partner. Tone up with a Kegel8 Ultra 20 or try ‘wearing’ Kegel Balls which give you a thrill whilst exercising your muscles.Kegel8 The UK's Leading Pelvic Health Brad available from StressNoMore

Blokes, listen up. Kegel exercises can help you perform too! 6 months of kegel exercises are proven to be more effective in beating erectile dysfunction than prescribed erection enhancing drugs, so tone up your pelvic floor for a natural way to get your mojo back. Plus, strengthening your kegel muscles was clinically proven to alleviate premature ejaculation in 60% of men. Head over to Kegel8 to find out more about kegel exercises for men.

2. Try Sponge Tampons

Beppy Sponge TamponsDuring menstruation you are at your least fertile point, so your body will naturally feel more in the mood, but we tend to be held back because of the ‘ick’ factor. Don’t let Mother Nature get in the way of your love-life, give sponge tampons a go. They conform to the natural shape of your body and to your partner during sex, so he won’t know it’s there and you won’t have to worry about leaks.

3. Lube Up

Yes Oil-Based Vanilla Flavoured LubeVaginal dryness is a common problem for women during and after the menopause, and sometimes the problem can be so severe that sex is really painful. It’s important to choose something that is gentle on your body, as vaginal dryness often makes your skin much more sensitive. We’ve got a fabulous selection of body-friendly lubricants to choose from. Many women like light, silky lubes since they feel really natural such as Pjur Med Natural Glide or Sylk. Yes is one of our best-selling lubricant brands, they only use natural, organic ingredients and have recently created a gorgeous new flavoured lube laced with real Madagascan vanilla extract... yum!

4. Keep Up...

Active LoopRing Erection AidErectile dysfunction is a common problem which affects 50% of men over 40 in the UK. If you have trouble maintaining an erection you don’t have to resign yourself to the problem. Try vacuum pumps such as the Active Erection System or AndroVacuum to give you a little extra get up and go. If you don't have a problem getting an erection but struggle to maintain it, try an erection ring like the Active Loop Ring which is completely adjustable for the perfect fit. Erection rings can be worn for up to 30 minutes and will even help you maintain an erection after climax, so they're great for men who suffer from premature ejaculation.

5. Become a Masseuse

Rechargeable Massage WandMassages are a great excuse to get up close and personal with your partner, and by relieving tired, knotted and aching muscles you’ll feel much more relaxed and in the mood. Try a body wand for targeted, intense massage, and save £10 on our rechargeable one with our special offer!

6. Experiment!

KY Yours+Mine Couples LubricantThere are loads of intimate gels and lubricants out there to spice things up, so experiment and shake up your boring sex routine with some new sensations. Viamax and Intimate Organics are two of our favourite brands because they use all-natural ingredients and formulations which are gentle on your body, but we also love KY’s Yours+Mine Couples lubes.

7. Go Hormone-Free

Cotragel Natural Vegan Contraceptive Gel3.5 million women in the UK rely on the pill as their primary method of contraception, and many of them experience nasty side effects like headaches, high blood pressure, bleeding between periods and loss of sex drive. Go hormone free with FemCap, a revolutionary contraceptive cap that is more comfortable than a diaphragm, easy to insert and remove as you wish and free from side-effects. Combine it with ContraGel, a 100% natural, vegan and hormone-free spermicidal gel.

8. Try Toys

Lelo Intimina Cellesse Intimate MassagerToys are a great way to prolong foreplay, experiment with sensation and figure out what makes each other tick. Lelo Intimina has created a lovely range of intimate vibrators made from silky-soft silicone and ergonomically designed to be used internally or externally.

9. Know Your Cycle

Cycle Beads Whether you’re trying to conceive or you want to avoid pregnancy, it pays off to know what your body’s up to when it comes to sex. Cycle Beads are a great method of natural family planning. They help you keep track of your menstrual cycle so that you can either avoid sex or have lots of it on your most fertile days. They’re proven 95% effective when used correctly, and an added bonus is the tell-tale red beads which subtly show your other half which days of the month he should bring you chocolate and flowers!

10. Keep it Clean

RelactagelIf you use toys it’s important to clean them properly before and after use to prevent bacteria being introduced to the body. Warm soapy water will usually do the trick but it’s often more convenient to use an anti-bacterial cleanser such as KE-Gel, which you can just spray on and rub off with a dry cloth.

And you need to keep you bacteria free too! The natural flora of the vagina can easily be unbalanced by lubricants, toys, condoms and even semen. Use a gentle feminine wash on a daily basis to prevent discomfort and maintain a healthy flora, and if you are susceptible to BV you may want to try an intimate gel such as Relactagel or Balance Activ after being intimate with your partner to make sure everything is healthy down there.

One last thing... it goes without saying that if you’re having sex with a new partner you should always use protection to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. Treat yourself to some FairTrade French Letter Condoms whilst our special offer is running. And you could always do a home Chlamydia Test as a last resort….

Enjoy Sexual Health Week!

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