Aphrodisiacs or libido enhancers get you ready for sex. Other than helping you crave for more action in the bedroom and heightening your senses, they also help boost energy, sharpen memory AND fight the flab!
The term aphrodisiac is derived from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, desire and beauty. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. Among the most iconic representations of Aphrodite/Venus is Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, which portrays the goddess emerging from a clamshell. No wonder oysters are often associated with aphrodisiacal properties! No offense.
Packed in omega-3 fatty acids that boost the production of sex hormones, walnuts make a wonderful addition to your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids found in these nuts also lower the risk of heart disease and boost our brain power. Basically, if you want to be sexy and smart, consume walnuts!
You’ve heard that they pack in a punch in the bedroom, and here’s why. They are high in zinc, a mineral that increases the production of your testosterone, giving you a higher sex drive. The molluscs are also low in fat and help boost protein intake that is essential for immune function, tissue repair and hormone synthesis.
Here’s a reason to gorge on chocs: cocoa is packed with phenylethylamine, a powerful stimulant that makes us feel sexy, and in the mood for you-know-what. Choose dark chocolates over milk chocolates for added health benefits that include lowering the risk of heart disease. Dark ones are filled with essential minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium and manganese.
A recent study conducted by a team at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University suggests that a daily glass of pomegranate juice can enhance your libido. The study involved 58 volunteers, a significant increase of testosterone was observed in the subjects who drank pomegranate juice daily over a two-week period. As an added bonus, the juice ritual also lowered the blood pressure of the volunteers!
This fruit might be the answer to your speedy arousals. It contains phytonutrient, citrulline which increases nitric oxide in the human body. This increase relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation, leading to that special rush. Watermelons are nutrient dense and also prevent asthma attacks, regulate blood pressure, as well as improve both hydration and digestion.
For bigger impact, consume hotter chillis. Fiery peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that gets the blood pumping, boost circulation and stimulates nerve endings, which in turn heightens arousal. Capsaicin also has anti-cancer properties, and burns calories!
Often considered as an aphrodisiac but getting drunk may loosen your inhibitions. However, red wine is indeed an aphrodisiac because it is high in resveratrol , an antioxidant that boosts blood flow and increases circulation before and after sexual intercourse. Remember, moderation is key. Alcohol provokes desire but it takes away the performance.
(specifically the root and fruit of the plant) was used by the ancient Egyptians and Homeric sorceresses who swore by its magical properties. The Y-shape of the mandrake root was associated with a woman’s thighs and pelvic area, hence the belief that it could boost fertility. In days of old, mandrake root was also carried as a talisman and used in potions to drug an enemy. Today, it is widely believed that mandrake root is poisonous.
a waxy substance that originates in the intestines of the sperm whale, was used by ancient Egyptians as incense; its fragrance was believed to increase the libido of both sexes. Though whales are not harvested for ambergris, today’s perfumers use a synthetic compound to replicate the intoxicating scent of ambergris.
and wine from grapes, featured prominently in the sensual rites of Greek Dionysian cults, where intoxicants were employed to remove inhibitions and social constraints. The act of feeding grapes to a lovers was, and still is, thought to be sensuous.
If your check list contains more than ten of these, you’ve got some serious work to do on your sexual etiquette!
1) Going straight for the naughty bits
You’ve got to be sensitive to the fact that a woman is more likely to be irritated than aroused when a man goes for her breasts and vulva after a few minutes’ perfunctory kissing. While you might get to feel the goods, you’re not going to be invited back.
2) Not knowing how to kiss sensitively
Passionate or sensitive, firm or gentle, good kissing is an art form which lubricates the wheels of sex and gets everyone in the mood for more intimacy. Learn how to kiss, and do it well. Don’t stick your tongue in her mouth and wiggle it around like you’re trying to floss her teeth.
3) Being too rough when you touch her erogenous zones
Men like a firmer touch than women, especially when it comes to our penises. So if you touch her clitoris with as much force as you apply to your penis when you masturbate, she’s most likely to howl with pain – and then kick you out of bed. Remember: the clitoris has twice as many nerve endings as the penis, in a much smaller area. Treat it with respect. It’s the only organ in the human body that has no function other than to provide pleasure.
4) Not stroking and caressing her
A woman’s second biggest sex organ is her skin. (The first is her mind.) You can make your touch on any part of her body into a sexy caress, but you have to focus on what you’re doing and put some sexual energy into your fingers while you caress her. That means not thinking about your work while you’re giving her a sensuous massage.
5) Locking onto her nipples like a suckling child
Yes, we know it’s fun for you. To her it just feels like she’s got a teething infant hanging off her breast. Lick and kiss around her whole breast before you go for the nipple, then flick your tongue gently across the nipple and around the aereola. If she likes what you’re doing, you’ll know by her moans of pleasure.
6) Biting on her earlobe because you think it’s sexy
She may not agree with you. In which case it will just be irritating for her, not a prelude to her turning into the sex goddess you thought you were summoning up.
7) Leaving a hickey on her neck like a teenage badge of honor
If you’re over sixteen, this is a no-no. If you need to know why, you’re obviously under sixteen.
8) Not shaving before sex
When you’re in the throes of passion, having your beard stubble brushing back and forth across her face isn’t so sexy, but at least it’ll produce a red rash she can remember you by.
9) Not washing your pits and bits before you have sex
If there’s one thing that turns women off, it’s a lover whose personal hygiene isn’t up to scratch. Even though men have a higher smell threshold than women, keeping yourself clean – especially in the more intimate corners of your anatomy (like under your foreskin) – is not just a matter of courtesy, it’s a ticket back to the bedroom.
10) Forgetting she has a sensuous body waiting to be stroked
Pretty much the same point we already made up above, but worth remembering: touch doesn’t just have to be in the bedroom, a prelude to sex. In fact, if you touch her a lot in a loving way during the day, she’ll be ready to melt into your arms by bedtime.
11) Trying to get your fingers in her underwear before she’s ready
This is the mark of a gauche teenage lover who wants to get to fourth base just so he feels more accomplished as a lover. Take your time, let things evolve naturally, and apply a little sensuous touch on the fabric covering her vulva before you dive under the elastic. The hint of what’s to come is often more erotic than diving straight in there.
12) Dropping the condom on the floor
Must we say why this isn’t the most popular move post sex? Dispose of the condom tidily in a tissue – put it in the bin rather than down the toilet, or it’s likely to float there for some time to come as a reminder of your sexual encounter.
13) Going straight for the clitoris during oral sex or masturbation
Like we said above, most women just find this irritating – and, if you press too hard, bloody uncomfortable too. Your first caresses should be on her labia, the lips of her vulva, then as she gets more aroused, you can work nearer the clitoris itself. But even when she’s aroused a soft touch along the sides of her clitoris may be more acceptable for her than any pressure on the head of her clitoris.
14) Breaking off just as she’s getting to the point where she wants you to keep going at all costs
Women often get so lost in their sexual arousal that they forget to give feedback. In reality, the fact that she’s lying there quietly may actually mean she loves what you’re doing; if so, you should feel her pressing her vulva against your mouth or fingers, or shifting like she wants more touch, rather than giving you a sense that she’d rather be out shopping.
15) Undressing her clumsily
Listen up guys: you don’t have to be able to take her bra off with one hand, behind her back, while kissing her. In fact, in my experience, it’s better if you don’t try. She probably puts it on by fastening it first and pulling it over her head anyway. Let her take off the garments you don’t understand, and whenever you do lend a helping hand, undress her gently and sensuously rather than pulling at her clothes like you’re ripping the paper off a birthday present.
16) Undressing yourself inelegantly – which includes taking your socks off after your underwear
Nothing is more comical (or pathetic) to a woman than a man in his socks and pants. Except possibly a naked man wearing socks. If you don’t understand why, just accept that it is so.
17) Expecting her to shave for you
You might like the baby smooth look around her vulva, but she’s more likely to see this as a prickly route to itchy stubble. Ask her nicely if you’d like her to go smooth. If she says “no”, accept that graciously.
18) Sticking a finger up her vagina before she’s ready, willing and able
In general, women do like to be penetrated just as much as men like to penetrate, which, considering how much men like to stick things up there, is just as well. However, she’ll only want you to do this when the time is right – i.e. when she’s aroused enough to enjoy it. If you’re giving her clitoris attention, there will be a point where she might like to have a finger or two inside her. If so, be gentle, and start with one finger on her G-spot. Make sure she enjoys this before you put another one up there. Two fingers on her G-spot is probably as much as she will want. And be just as firm with your touch as she finds pleasurable. If you don’t know what the G-spot is, then do some Google-ing before you get into bed.
19) Thinking her body is at your disposal
A lot of guys, brought up on porn, think that a woman’s body is at their disposal. It might be a shock to you, but if she doesn’t want, let’s say, to be fucked from behind, with her ass in the air, that is her privilege. You could always try telling her why you like it so much: “You turn me on like never before when I see your beautiful ass – it’s so perfect! And your body’s just so unbelievably beautiful, I want to see it from all angles….” Get the idea? (Tact and sensitivity win the day, in case you need to be told.)
20) Entering her without asking her first
What is it with men and these dark, wet places? Just keep in mind that she decides how far sex goes, and if she doesn’t want to enjoy intercourse then don’t press the point. This applies especially to any strategy that involves nudging your penis into position and then pressing forward without her consent, verbal or otherwise! Having said that, you don’t always need to ask “May I enter you?” though it can be a romantic and sexy thing to do if you’re looking deep into her eyes. Needless to say, that’s most likely to happen in the man on top position, which, by the way, remains everyone’s most popular position for sex.
21) Pecking away around her vagina with your penis if you can’t find the way in
This is, by all accounts, many women’s least desired sexual moment. If for any reason you can’t get in, don’t pretend you’re in control and keep trying. Simply ask her to guide you in with her hand. That way you’ll save a lot of embarrassment, not to mention time.
When you’ve achieved your most desired objective, and your penis is inside her, you’ll want to show a certain consideration for her pleasure. She may want hard and fast thrusting, but it’s best to start slow and shallow. While you’re making love, she’ll most appreciate your efforts if you’re masculine and strong – which is to say, if you act like you know what you’re doing, you’re considerate and gentle at first, and work up to firm and strong thrusts if she likes them.
23) Being unwilling to use a condom
Only a fool would refuse to use a condom these days. If you want to play sex roulette, where the prize is an infection with HIV or a nasty dripping disease, that’s your affair. Don’t inflict the same stuff on your partner. Equally, this is one reason why women should be just as ready to get out the foil packet as men, so if you’re a woman, and you like having sex with lots of men (or even one or two): get a supply of condoms, just in case your lover hasn’t got any handy.
24) Expecting her to make love bottom up
Yes, we all enjoy rear entry. But she may be more self-conscious of her butt, she may feel like a sex object, and she may not like the rather impersonal nature of this position. If you really want to do it, and you explain to her why you like it so much (i.e. “It’s incredibly exciting to see your gorgeous bottom as we make love”, rather than “I get so turned on fucking from behind”) she’ll probably co-operate from time to time, even if it’s only on your birthday and hers.
25) Thrusting too hard
If you happen to be well-endowed, or she has a short vagina, and you thrust too hard, you may end up banging her cervix. This can make her shriek, though sadly not with sexual pleasure.
26) Coming before she’s got excited or begun to enjoy sex
There aren’t many men who can last long enough to really satisfy a woman who enjoys vaginal intercourse and G-spot stimulation. If you can’t be bothered learning how to be a long lasting lover, then at least have the decency to keep going for a few minutes so she gets some pleasure. This isn’t hard, and there are plenty of ways you can learn to extend intercourse and not come so quickly. Do some research on Google for “end premature ejaculation”.
27) Not coming at all – or losing your erection when you put the condom on
If you’re one of that rarer breed of men who has trouble coming during intercourse, may we respectfully suggest you see a sexual therapist? You can then deal with this problem, learn to come more quickly, and avoid giving her a numb vagina and an intimate knowledge of the exact shade of color you painted your bedroom ceiling. If you’re one of the many men who lose their erection when the condom comes out of its foil wrapper and onto the head of your penis, it’s back to Google for a search on, surprisingly enough, “losing erection when putting on a condom”.
28) Asking her how it was for her
This is not the mark of a confident lover, so if you really want some feedback, phrase it thus: “Did you prefer it when I did X or Y?”
29) Not going down on her when she wants oral pleasure
Since oral sex on a woman is so pleasurable for most men, this seems unlikely. But if it’s a question of the smell or taste being a bit much for you, try taking a shower or bath together before sex. If you just want her to fellate you and you simply can’t be bothered to reciprocate with cunnilingus, then reading these tips isn’t going to help you much anyway.
30) Failing to give her pleasure if you come quickly
Remember the motto: “Women come first!” As a man, you’re probably going to lose interest in sex once you’ve ejaculated – at least for a while. In which case, make sure she comes through oral sex or masturbation before you enter her. That way, she gets her pleasure and so do you. (With the added bonus that it doesn’t matter so much if you shoot quite quickly.) Just to enter her, thrust a few times, come, roll over and forget about her is the mark of a boorish lover, and you wouldn’t want to be one of those, now would you?
31) Trying to force her head towards your cock
Let’s face it: she’s either willing to give your oral sex or she’s not. Trying to persuade her to get her lips around your glans by edging her head towards your groin is a bit crass, to say the least. If she doesn’t seem to be heading that way as things hot up, just ask her: “There’s something you could do that’d give me so much pleasure…..”
32) Trying to force her head further down on her cock when she’s giving you oral
Yes, once again we know it feels good, but you have to be considerate about it. She’s not likely to be a deep throat expert, and there’s no reason why she should be, since most of the pleasure of oral sex comes from the action of her tongue on your glans. Keep your hands away from her head unless it’s to gently stroke her hair, and you won’t feel the temptation to encourage her to go deeper.
33) Holding her head when she goes down on you
Holding her head and moving it up and down on your penis is the no-no. If you think that’s acceptable sexual etiquette you’ve been watching too many of the wrong kind of films.
34) Coming in her mouth without asking her if it’s OK
The taste of semen is very much an acquired taste; unfortunately it’s one that few woman ever acquire. If she doesn’t like it, ask her to keep going until the last minute, then tell her when you’re going to come so she can move back and finish the job with a well-lubed hand. You’ll get just as much pleasure, and she won’t have to gag or spit your semen out. By the way, accidentally forgetting to tell her you’re going to come is not permitted.
35) Thinking that a porno movie has anything to do with real life
Porn is not good for men’s egos. Real life isn’t like that, OK?
36) Switching on a hard core porn film without asking whether that’s OK with her
Even if you find it arousing, she’s not likely to, for the simple reason that much of the porn available today is fairly abusive to women. Ask her first, and if you want to share the erotic thrill of watching people have sex, get hold of some romantic sex movies that will appeal to her emotions as well as her sex drive.
37) Apologizing for the size of your penis
Just in case you ever feel inclined to apologize for not matching up to the guys in the wrong kind of movies, just remember: 98% of women would rather have a sensitive lover than one with a big penis. If you’re with one of the other two percent, you need to find a new lover.
38) Answering honestly when she asks you what your last lover was like
Guys, when a woman asks you if her butt is too big, do you tell her the truth? Enough said. Your current lover is always the most gorgeous, sexy and desirable woman around. Even if she doesn’t really believe it, that’s what she wants to hear.
39) Asking her if she’d mind if her girlfriend joined you
Threesomes can be exciting, but they usually just cause jealousy and upset when one partner unexpectedly finds they don’t want their partner making out with another person. Needless to say, this usually happens to the woman. So be sure, be very sure, you know what you’re doing before you try this one.
40) Making her do all the work
Changing positions is all very well, but asking her to ride you each time you have sex seems a bit one sided. Vary the positions, have fun, and take equal shares of the work. Don’t just settle for one favorite position and flog it to death.
41) Trying to slip it in the back door by “accident”
Anal sex is something that a lot fewer couples have tried than you’d believe from what you read on the internet or see in porn. It’s something you might like to try, but you both have to want to do it. She’s not likely to respond with warmth if you keep pretending you’re poking her anus by accident. And she won’t believe you if you tell her you just didn’t want to ask for directions, even if that’s how you are when you’re driving around lost, looking for somewhere.
42) Not being relaxed during sex
By which I mean, being uptight about what’s going on rather than relaxing and making it fun for both of you – sex should certainly be fun, and it should also be easy for you both to communicate what you’re feeling. So don’t get wrapped up in worrying about getting it exactly right in every position you try, just see how it goes, laugh if it goes wrong, and try something else.
43) Photographing or videoing your lovemaking
Unfortunately, as many jilted lovers can testify, taking pictures while you enjoy sex is putting power in the hands of the person who has the pictures. A good compromise is to link your video camera direct to your TV without recording the images. That way you can have the erotic thrill of seeing yourself during sex without having to worry about seeing yourself having sex on the internet in a few years’ time.
44) Getting into the same old same old routine every time you have sex
Above almost everything else (except possibly being deeply in love), ringing the changes when you make love is the thing that will keep your sex life fresh and passionate. You’ll be surprised just how exciting it can be when you try a new position. This is simply because every position puts a different pressure on the penis and vagina, or gives you a new perspective of your partner’s body, or perhaps allows you to see entering your partner’s body, and so on. Exactly which sex position feels most pleasurable will depend on the shape and size and shape of your penis and her vagina.
45) Not romancing her
Women love romance. Men put up with it, or do it to get sex. True or false? Probably true, but the romantic “chase” is deeply rewarding for most men (i.e. seducing and winning a woman makes us feel deeply fulfilled), and romance is an essential part of that process. If you’re able to continue being romantic once you’re an established couple, then you set yourself head and shoulders above the rest of your fellow men, and you stand that much greater chance of getting regular, passionate sex.
46) Slapping her buttocks without checking if she’s into a little dominance play
No mater how exciting you may find the idea, don’t land a heavy slap on her butt without trying a few lighter ones first and seeing how she reacts. If you do, you may get a slap in the face. Or a kick in the balls.
47) Trying to do sex by the book (or the film)
Don’t copy the moves you see in porn films. They lack a certain something. Consideration for the woman, that would be.
48) Playing with her anus before she’s excited enough to appreciate it
When you’re masturbating her clitoris, and you have a finger inside her vagina, you may find that she responds well to a little anal play. If you have the position right, you can use your little finger to tickle gently at her anus as your forefinger plays with her G-spot. This may well add to her excitement – especially if she’s on the verge of orgasm. If you try this before she’s really excited and has stopped caring what’s happening to her, you might just turn her off completely, so it might not be a bad idea to check it out with her in advance.
49) Deafening her by shouting in her ear when you come
An easy mistake to make, especially if you like to have sex in the man on top position lying close to your partner, and you like to let the world know when you come. Unfortunately she won’t let you do it a second time, so bury your face in the pillow or something if you’re prone to uncontrollable vocal ejaculations as well as physical ones.
50) Talking dirty without checking if she likes it
Generally a little consensual dirty talk between adults adds to the excitement. The first time your partner tells you to f*** her hot wet c*** you’ll see what I mean. If that hasn’t happened yet, and you’d like it to, encourage her to talk dirty to you when you’re making love, and see what pops out of her mouth. You might be surprised. Remember legend has it that the quiet ones are often the most surprising in bed!
51) Lying on top of her without supporting your weight on your arms
Always remember: a gentleman takes his weight on his arms. Or elbows, or knees, or something.
52) Ejaculating on her without asking permission
Coming between her breasts or on her vulva or bottom can be incredibly exciting, but it’s nice to ask her first. She may see it less a mark of your ejaculatory prowess or manhood than a mess to clear up.
53) Not controlling your ejaculation
Like we said before, a good lover makes the effort to make sure his partner is satisfied before he is.
54) Not spending some time with her in your arms after sex
A man who gets up after he’s done the business and sets about his daily routine is probably top of most women’s sexual dislikes. For her, this is a special time when a woman feels very close to her partner. She takes much longer to come down from sex than a man does, she wants to know she’s loved and special, and she wants to feel adored by the man to whom she has just given her most precious asset. The very least you can do is to spend a half hour or so cuddling her while you relax after making love, even if you’re not going to spend the night with her.
55) Not cleaning up after sex
And since sex inevitably involves a certain amount of fluids, keep the tissues handy for afterwards. If you feel like being chivalrous, offer her a warm towel to clean herself, especially if you aren’t using condoms.