Guest Blog: Sex Is Good For You; And Even Better When You Go All-Natural
Paying close attention to the ingredients we put into our body is second nature for many when it comes to food, with more people opting for organic (1). But are we giving the same consideration to the ingredients going into our bodies under other circumstances, like during times of sexual intimacy? We understand and embrace the beauty of intimacy and good sexual health, but too often, intimate care products can contain chemicals and ingredients that can negatively impact our health and the environment. Therefore, we've compiled some insight for Organic Intimacy Week to highlight the benefits of using certified natural intimate care products during sex. For even more ways to make the best choices for your intimate wellbeing, stay up to date with hers’ Instagram page – a certified cruelty-free women's wellness brand that shares their top tips on sexual wellness.
Improve Vaginal DrynessVaginal dryness is a condition that can affect women of various ages for various reasons. Aside from emotional frustration, insufficient vaginal lubrication can cause physical discomfort during sexual activity. Ironically enough, the solution for stimulating more vaginal lubrication can be to masturbate or have sex regularly. Sexual arousal causes blood vessels to dilate, thus increasing blood flow to the vagina, ultimately initiating lubrication production. Sometimes, however, our bodies can be slow to produce natural lubrication, or they do not produce enough lubrication, let alone any at all. With that in mind, using a personal lubricant during sexual activity is key for pleasure and good vaginal health. But pay close attention to what’s inside the lubricant you choose. Most personal lubricants can contain synthetic chemicals that are easily absorbed by vaginal tissues and cause further irritation and dryness. It’s best to select a natural or organic lubricant, especially a natural water-based personal lubricant if you are using condoms. Additionally, consider condoms that are natural or vegan too (we recommend HANX) – your body and the environment will thank you!
Reduce Menstrual Pain
For some women, the arrival of one’s period is also accompanied by unwanted symptoms including headaches, muscle or joint pain, and cramps. But instead of searching the medicine cabinet to alleviate pain, the remedy might lie in the bedroom. Believe it or not, many women find relief from menstrual aches and pains through sex (2). Sex triggers the release of endorphins which are considered the body's natural painkillers. Although for some, having sex while menstruating appears taboo, but periods are entirely natural, so why not make the most of them? For the best sexual experience and additional health benefits, be particular with your use of feminine products. For instance, one-quarter of women in the UK reported their sex lives improved when they began using a menstrual cup (3). Not only do they help retain vaginal moisture by collecting fluids rather than absorbing them, but vegan and silicone-free menstrual cups can reduce the likelihood of silicone toxicity and help the environment by reducing landfill waste. Be cautious when cleaning yourself after removing a menstrual cup, or after sex, by using an organic feminine wash that won’t upset your vagina’s pH balance like other traditional soaps.
Enhance Mental and Emotional Wellness
Sex isn’t purely physical – our emotions and thoughts are also significant components of healthy sex and intimacy. Aside from previously mentioned endorphins, sex also causes the body to release other “feel-good” chemicals and hormones like dopamine and oxytocin which can boost mood, increase compassion, and help you bond with your partner, according to Talkspace (4). Sex also lowers cortisol levels – the hormone responsible for stress. To truly foster pleasure, relaxation, and intimacy, consider playful massages with your partner using a natural plant-oil based lubricant as a massage oil!
References: (1) https://www.bunzlcatering.co.uk/what-is-organic-food-and-why-has-it-become-so-popular/ (2) https://www.verywellhealth.com/sex-during-your-period-2721991 (3) https://metro.co.uk/2016/05/30/new-survey-says-using-menstrual-cups-instead-of-tampons-can-improve-your-sex-life-5912524/ (4) https://www.talkspace.com/blog/6-ways-sex-is-good-for-your-health/