Better Sex Through Intimacy
[Everyday Health, 2/16/19] Emotional intimacy can lead to better sexual experiences for many people, especially women.
Intimacy and sex are related but are not the same. It’s possible to have one without the other. Case in point: Today’s hookup culture separates physical relations from feelings of trust, acceptance, empathy and emotional connection, and mutual commitment.
Does a Closer Relationship Mean More Sexual Satisfaction?
For many people, especially women, intimacy can lead to better sexual experiences. A study published in American Sociological Review (1) found that heterosexual college women have orgasms more often in relationships than in hookups. Another study, in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (2) in 2015, reported that “men are more likely than women to have dated and hooked up and less likely to have formed a long-term relationship, although they are more likely to wish there were more opportunities to form long-term relationships.”
The Downside of Casual Sex and No-Strings-Attached Sexual Encounters
“In this hookup culture, a lot of people get hurt, let down, and feel rejected. It’s not good,” says Barbara D. Bartlik, MD, a psychiatrist and sex therapist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
3 Ways Emotional Intimacy Makes Sex Better
1. When you know you are accepted and valued, you are more comfortable talking about your fantasies and what gives you pleasure.
“I am all for talking about sex. People think it’s like in the movies, where two people run together without saying a word and just immediately proceed to have mind-blowing sex. Good sex in the real world is not like that. If you can’t talk about it, how is your partner going to know what you want?” says Dr. Bartlik, who is also the coauthor of the book Integrative Sexual Health…………
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Jaelin Stickels, CNM, WHNP