Because we didn’t already know that, right? Well, now we at least have science to back it up.
In a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the participants were put into two groups- highly stressed women and averagely stressed women. They were then shown lots of porn and their level of genital arousal were measured. According to Anna Davies from NBC, the results were that “The women in the high-stress group showed lower levels of genital arousal, higher levels of distraction, and higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which researchers hypothesize contributed to decreased physical arousal.”
Basically, they believe the chemicals in your brain that make you stressed, also counteract positive things, like sex drive. (Which I can totally believe. Have you ever tried to do anything happy while majorly stressed out?)
While the study was done on women and the article also seems to be aimed at women, Psychology today says that stress contributes to low sex drive for men too.
Let’s face it, the chances of completely cutting out stress in your everyday in order to have better sex are very low. So how do you get your sexy mojo back? The article lists the way to solve this is to “have an orgasm” which while it is a great way to relieve stress and increase your sex drive, seems like really redundant advice considering highly stressed people have trouble doing just that.
My advice instead is have a bubble bath, get a massage, watch a lot of porn on sex.com, have some drinks while you’re doing these things and THEN have an orgasm. Those things are stress relievers, right? Here’s some pictures to get you started: