Why does your sex drive increase during the summer?
Summer is just around the corner! And you know what that means… short skirts, bare legs, sultry summer evenings and hot nights. Summer can really increase your sex drive, but unfortunately, giving in to this desire is not something that comes naturally for everyone. Why is it that our libido increases in the summer months? And what can you do if you have problems that are keeping you from having hot summer sex? This blog article tells you all you need to know.
Higher temperatures = higher libido
Feeling hot, hot, hot? It may sound odd but sweat is one of the reasons why your sex drive increases during the summer. This is because sweat contains pheromones, which are ‘scent prints’ that we give off. Pheromone is a Greek word meaning ‘carrier of excitement’. So, understandably, exposure to pheromones increases attraction and desire to have sex in both men and women. That is why those sweaty hot summer days make us feel sexier.
More socialising, fewer clothes
In summer, we spend more time outside and are more likely to socialise. It’s a time for relaxing at outdoor cafés, cruising the boulevards, and chilling in parks or at the beach. It also means we show a lot more skin and all those shapeless sweaters and long trousers can finally go back into storage. With summer, out come the shorts, bikinis and tops! And being practically on top of each other with fewer clothes on involuntarily makes the brain think about sex.
Sunlight boosts your sex drive
A third reason why summer increases our sex drive is the sun. Sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical messenger between nerve cells. It makes us more relaxed, satisfied and happy. Increased serotonin levels are a major reason why our mood tends to be more elevated during the summer. And this in turn has a positive effect on your sex drive.
Problems that prevent people from having sultry summer sex
- Do you have sex more often in summer? Or do you belong to the group of people who are afraid to give in to that primal urge? Carefree sex can be hindered by problems such as:
- Fear of getting pregnant.
- Having (or the fear of contracting) an STD.
- Erectile dysfunction.
Many people avoid having sex because of these issues. And that’s a shame, because there are many things you can do to remove these obstacles that are holding you back from having great sex! Here’s a list of possible solutions.
Contraception: safety first!
Nobody wants to have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. Fortunately, there are a wide range of methods available to avoid pregnancy: contraception!
- The condom is the most widely known and commonly used method of contraception in the world. And, as an added plus, the condom is also the only method that protects against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). So make sure you carry a condom with you all the time, just in case.
- The contraceptive pill is one of the most effective forms of contraception and is widely used by women. Plus, it’s also possible to delay or prevent your period with extended or continuous use of most contraceptive pills. This can be very convenient if you have a big vacation coming up! If you don’t feel like taking a pill at the same time every day, then the contraceptive patch could be a solution. All you need to do is change the patch each week.
- Emergency contraception is a method of birth control that is used in specific unexpected or emergency situations. For example, if you notice that the condom broke after sex, or you forgot to take your contraceptive pill or were sick after taking it. Accidents happen. That’s why there is emergency contraception, sometimes dubbed the ‘morning after pill’. To avoid getting pregnant, you should take the emergency contraception pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex.
Preventing and treating STDs
The most reliable way to prevent a sexually transmitted disease (STD) is to have safe sex. This means you should always use a condom, even if you or your partner is using a contraceptive method like the pill or intrauterine device (IUD). Common STDs include chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhoea and hepatitis. STDs can cause health problems such as vaginal discharge, itching or pain during urination.
Most types of STDs can be treated with antibiotics and other antiviral medications. This is important, because untreated STDs can lead to serious health complications, including future infertility!
Do you think you may have contracted an STD? Get tested! There are home test kits available for some common STDs. In some cases, symptoms can be dormant and you can pass on an STD without even knowing. So it’s important to get tested if you have had unprotected sex. If you test positive for an STD, you should notify your sexual partner or partners. It’s possible that they are infected too and need treatment.
Improve your erection health this summer
Having trouble performing in the bedroom sometimes? Erectile dysfunction (ED) is much more common than you may think. And it’s nothing to be ashamed about, although it is understandable that you don’t want to advertise the fact that you’re having these problems.
Erectile dysfunction can have many different causes. It can be caused by psychological triggers such as stress, depression or performance anxiety. There are also physical causes that are linked to ED, such as poor blood flow due to a health condition or unhealthy lifestyle. Because blood flow to the penis is restricted it is difficult to get or sustain an erection.
ED treatments are effective at widening the blood vessels in the penis. This makes it much easier to get and maintain an erection when you are sexually aroused. ED pills can cause side effects and should not be used by just anyone, because different persons react to different substances differently. That is why you need a prescription to buy ED medication. There are also alternative treatments for ED, such as auto-injection therapy or vacuum erection devices (VED) which are a non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Ordering contraception and medication discreetly
Don’t let STDs, ED or the fear of getting pregnant ruin your love life this summer. There are plenty of solutions!
Are you dreading to go to a pharmacy or drugstore to buy condoms, emergency contraception or an STD test? These products can be ordered online, too. This way, you don’t have to feel awkward going into a store, and in a webshop you don’t have to be worried about running into someone you know. What’s more, all products are discreetly packaged in neutral packaging.
You need a doctor’s prescription to purchase contraceptive pills, STD medication and ED treatments. However, it does not have to be a prescription from your GP. Did you know that you can book an online consultation with a registered doctor on Dokteronline.com’s platform? Your online prescription can be sent directly to your home or you can have it forwarded to a registered EU pharmacy.
We wish you a long, hot summer!
Dokteronline.com is a platform for connecting patients with doctors and pharmacies, enabling targeted treatment and care. Dokteronline.com believes in responsible self-management of treatable health conditions.
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