When it comes to your sex life, you may sometimes look for ways to make it better, whether that means different sex locations or positions. However, the answer to a more fulfilling sex life could be even simpler than that: Meditation. Yes, meditation can help your sex life, according to a new study, “Sexual Functioning in Experiences Meditators,” in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. It was authored by Iulia Dascalu and
“It has been well established in the scientific literature that mindfulness meditation is applicable to women’s sexual health,” Lori A. Brotto., a professor at the University of British Columbia and author of Better Sex Through Mindfulness, told 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.”
In the study, 451 women aged 19-to-70 were surveyed about both their sex lives and experience with meditation. The DL? Women who’d done meditation said they had better sexual functioning versus women who’d never meditated, 193 women versus 257, respectively.
“We found that, on average, women who practiced meditation scored higher than women with no meditation experience on measures of sexual function, sexual desire, interoceptive awareness (which can be defined as awareness of internal body sensations), and trait mindfulness (defined by someone who has a mindful personality, by nature),” Brotto told PsyPost. Furthermore, women who’d meditated also had higher scores when it came to arousal, lubrication, orgasm and desire, Brotto said. However, Brotto also pointed out that it was not known if long-term meditation led to better sexual functioning or vice-versa. And if you’re wondering how often you need to meditate to have an improved sex life, that aspect was not covered in this study. But it’s never too late to begin, right?
The Case For Mediating To Improve Your Sex Life
“Studies in female sexual health and wellness have definitively shown that women who practice mindfulness and are present during the sexual encounter report heightened arousal and orgasmic responsivity,” Dr. Michael Krychman, Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine and co-author of The Sexual Spark: 20 Essential Exercises to Reignite the Passion, tells Bustle. “Staying focused on your sexual arousal during the moments of intimacy diminishes the mind chatter, which can impact sexual excitement.”
Dr. Rachel Needle, licensed psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist in West Palm Beach, FL, and the Co-Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, agrees with Dr. Krychman about the benefits of meditation when it comes to sex. “Mindfulness meditation supports us in staying present and aware,” she tells Bustle. “It is difficult to be fully present and aroused if we have a ‘busy’ mind and are thinking of everything we need to get done that day, for example. Our brain is our biggest sex organ. When we can be in the moment and focus on all of the sensations in our body, we can experience heightened arousal. Meditation can also be helpful to those experiencing sexual difficulties.”
In addition to enhancing your sex life, here are other incredible benefits of meditation.