A New Approach to “Sex Ed”

It’s officially fall, which marks the time of year when college students traditionally go back to school, which also means I embark on my yearly visits to college campuses around the country, lecturing on human sexuality and how Pure Romance is playing a role in educating women! I am reminded how much young women need accurate information about their sexual health, as my inbox is flooded with the same questions from college students around the country.

In a recent email, a young woman was concerned about her inability to have an orgasm. She has been able to experience orgasms in the past, but lately was experiencing difficulty; regardless of whether she was trying alone or with her partner. I encouraged her to read my book and to spend some extra time reading Chapter Four: Putting the ‘O’ Back into Romance, where I discuss the many erogenous areas on a woman’s body that could potentially lead her to orgasm, as well as things in her daily life that might be getting in the way of her orgasm.

As it turns out, this young woman was experiencing a great deal of stress in her life. This stress was having a negative impact on her body responses and making it difficult for her to focus on her own pleasure. I reminded her that maintaining her overall health can play a large role in maintaining her sexual health.

Here are a few important things you can do to improve your sexual health and arousal:

  • Make sure to have a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Get enough sleep!
  • Exercise regularly (including your PC muscles)
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce the amount of stress in your life or find ways to cope with unavoidable stressors (like a great work out at the gym or a wonderful massage)

This young woman was fortunate enough to know how to improve her sexual responses – she just needed a better way to cope with the stresses of being back at school. However, sometimes there aren’t quick fixes to the concerns women have about their sexual health (like the side effects of medications you might be taking or various trauma you may have experienced), so it is important to speak to your health care provider about the concerns you may have about improving your sexual health.

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