With millions of people downloading meditation and mindfulness apps over the last few years, it’s safe to say that meditation is now part of the mainstream. With benefits such as improving concentration, reducing stress, and helping people better regulate their emotions, it’s no wonder why.
But what can meditation do for your sex life?
So much of our sex happens in our head. If you’ve ever lost an orgasm to stress or felt your libido dip due to a looming deadline, you’ll know what I mean. So could a practice that aims to make us more present, mindful and peaceful in our everyday lives do something to rid us of the mental clutter that keeps us from having great sex? According to some studies, it absolutely can. Think heightened desire and sexual function, and more intense orgasms.
One study found that simply practicing mindfulness improved concordance in sex in women who experience desire or arousal concerns. This means an improved association between arousal and genital response. Another study conducted by Lori A. Brotto, author of Better Sex Through Mindfulness and professor at the University of British Columbia found that meditation results in better sexual functioning and higher levels of sexual desire.
‘It has been well established in the scientific literature that mindfulness meditation is applicable to women’s sexual health,’ Brotto explains to PsyPost. ‘Our research has shown across a dozen studies that short-term mindfulness interventions, delivered in either 4-session or 8-session formats, significantly improve sexual functioning and satisfaction.’
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The study included 451 female participants between the ages of 17 – 70 who were surveyed on their history with meditation and sex. The findings showed that the 193 women who had experience in meditation tended to report higher sexual functioning than the participants who had no meditation experience.
‘In particular, our findings show that women with meditation experience have higher scores related to arousal, lubrication, orgasm and desire than women with no meditation experience,’ Brotto adds.
Speaking to PsyPost, Brotto acknowledges that her study, as is the case with all research, has some limitations. ‘Our study explored associations between meditation and various aspects of sexual function, but was cross-sectional in nature. This means that it is not possible to determine the direction of causation.’ In other words, ‘Did their long-term meditation lead to their improved sexual function, or are individuals with better sexual functioning more likely to meditate?’
Whichever way you look at it, whether it’s the chicken or the egg, this practice can only benefit you. And from Headspace to the Daily Calm, you have the wide world of mindfulness at your fingertips. What are you waiting for?
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