When most people think about natural health, the topics of dietary supplementation and homeopathic remedies usually come up first. But it is also possible to take a natural approach to sexual health to address common issues that come up for sexually active men and women.
Whether you are faced with erectile dysfunction, low libido, a sexually transmitted infection, or other sex-related issue, here are some natural approaches to consider for your lifestyle.
Get a General Checkup
Sometimes it isn’t just emotional and mental issues that get in the way of a person having a satisfying sex life. Physical, medical conditions could be to blame for you not feeling in the mood for sex or experiencing pain when you do have sex.
Some of the serious medical issues that affect sexual desire are diabetes, heart disease, and thyroid issues. Nerve damage can cause sex to be painful, even when all of a person’s sexual organs are functioning well.
If you are experiencing negative feelings around sex, it may be time to schedule a checkup with your doctor to see if any physical complications are to blame. Your doctor may also be able to shed some light on whether medications you are taking are impacting your libido or sexual performance.
Natural Lubricants and Contraceptives
If you want to have a more naturally healthy sex life, it may also be time to rethink your current lubricants and contraception. You can make your own all-natural, DIY lubricant at home using common kitchen ingredients, such as olive oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E oil. Natural lubricants are a great way to avoid harsh chemicals and irritants, such as glycerin, propylene glycol, and fragrances, in the sensitive genital area.
There are natural, non-hormonal contraceptives that you can explore as well as alternatives to traditional birth control pills. If you use condoms, you can find options available that are made of rubber latex from sustainably grown forests and that are vegan-certified and made with non-toxic ingredients.
Herbs to Aid Sexual Function
There are also herbs that alternative medical professionals occasionally recommend for sexual enhancement. Certain herbs have been linked to increasing blood flow and enhancing mood-boosting chemicals in the brain. Ancient cultures around the world have used herbs as aphrodisiacs because of how they stimulate nerves, affect blood, and offer stimulating scents. Some herbs to consider are ginkgo, Chinese ginseng, muira puama, maca, tribulus, and cordyceps.
Other Tips for a Naturally Healthy Sex Life
In addition to these suggestions, here are some more tips for living more naturally with your partner while taking good care of your bodies.
- Get enough sleep at night so that you have energy for sex
- Practice yoga for better mindfulness and flexibility during sex
- Manage stress and anxiety so that you can focus on sexual pleasure
- Engage in regular exercise increase blood flow throughout the body
- Try an acupuncture treatment to improve sexual function
- Have open and honest conversations with your partner to enhance your connection