· By Georgia Seymour-Smith
How to Support a Healthy Libido
What's up, ladies? Let's talk about something that's not always easy to discuss: our libido. Especially when you're dealing with pelvic pain, it can feel like your sex drive has left the building. But fear not! There are things you can do to support a healthy libido, even when you're in pain.
First off, let's talk about what we mean by "libido." It's just a fancy word for your sex drive. You know, that feeling you get when you see your celebrity crush on TV or that hottie at the gym. Your libido can be affected by a lot of different factors, including hormones, stress, and yes, even pelvic pain.
So how do you support a healthy libido when you're dealing with pain down there? Here are some tips:
- Take care of yourself. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's important to prioritise your own health and wellbeing. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. Not only will this help your overall health, but it can also boost your mood and energy levels.
- Experiment with different types of touch. Sometimes, penetration can be too painful when you're dealing with pelvic pain. But that doesn't mean you have to give up on pleasure altogether. Try experimenting with different types of touch, such as massage or using a vibrator. Speaking of vibrators, have you seen the movie "The To-Do List"? It's all about a high school senior who makes a list of all the sexual experiences she wants to have before college, and let's just say there's a lot of vibrator action involved.
- Communicate with your partner. If you have a partner, it's important to communicate with them about what you're feeling. Let them know what hurts and what feels good. You can still be intimate without penetration, so don't be afraid to explore other options.
- Seek out pelvic floor physical therapy. Pelvic floor physical therapy can be a game changer when it comes to pelvic pain. A trained therapist can help you learn exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and improve your overall sexual function. It may not sound glamorous, but trust us, it's worth it.
- Practice self-care. Finally, don't forget to practice self-care. This can look different for everyone, but some ideas include taking a warm bath, doing some gentle yoga, or even just taking a few minutes to yourself to read a book or watch your favorite show. Speaking of which, have you seen "Bridgerton" on Netflix? It's got some seriously steamy scenes that might inspire you to get in touch with your own desires.