You might know what you’re doing during sex, but you could be making some serious mistakes before the act.
Make sure to steer clear of these things if you want to impress in the sack:
1. Take an antihistamine
Bad news for hayfever sufferers but taking an antihistamine doesn’t just stop your nose running and eyes streaming, it also dries up other parts.
That’s because the medicine works by drying out mucus membranes so both your mouth and vagina will be less lubricated.
It’s also been claimed that the pills can lower your sex drive.
You might want to feel silky and smooth right before sex, but shaving your pubes isn’t a good idea.
Sexpert Brigette Bard told Daily Star Online: “When pubic hair is shaved or waxed it leaves microscopic open wounds in the skin membrane which means bacteria can enter.
“Given the warmth and moisture down there, it’s a perfect environment for bacteria to breed and there are a rising number of infections, including some nasties such as Streptococcus A and Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA, the antibiotic resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus).
“Shaved hair means there is no barrier against the bacteria mentioned above and they can be transferred from skin to skin, this can lead to cellulitis infection (a bacterial infection of soft tissues) of the labia.
“Because of the small tears and damage made to your skin during waxing or shaving, you’re also more vulnerable to herpes and HPV (genital warts).”
It’s better to leave some time between shaving or just let your pubes grow freely like nature
3. Go to the toilet
New advice dispelled the old myth that we should go to the toilet before getting between the sheets.
Up until now we’ve been given the impression that it’s a good idea to pee before and after having sex but a New York City urologist debunked the idea.
Dr. David Kaufman told Yahoo News that the “pee before sex” mantra is “one of the biggest misconceptions he has to clear up for his female patients”.
For women, relieving yourself can actually be a harmful pre-sex move because it increases your likelihood of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI).
4. Buy the wrong sized condom
If the condom doesn’t fit your penis properly it could slip off and then you’re at risk of nasty STIs.
So it won’t do you any good pretending you’re a large when you aren’t.
Here’s a handy guide to getting the correct size:
Small condoms are 1.75 inches (4.4cm) in width and 6.3 inches (16cm) in length. Regular condoms are 2.0 inches (5.1cm) wide and 7.9 inches (20.1cm) long. Large ones are 2.12 inches wide and 7.9 inches (20.1cm) long.
5. Get too drunk
Boozing and bonking may seem like a good idea because it lowers your inhibitions and gets you in the mood for love but it also kills your buzz.
Lads might find it more difficult to get it up while ladies won’t be as well lubricated.