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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Keep Your Sex Life "Valentine's Day Hot" All Year Long

By February 14, 2014

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This Valentine's Day, I'm sure there will be many, many couples enjoying a night of romance and passion. Of all the holidays, this one is the most likely to get people in the mood. And that's a very good thing!

How about the rest of the year, though? Are you in a romantic relationship that's lost some of its luster? Do you find it to be more challenging to get into the mood than it used to be, and suspect this is due to stress? There are a few underlying reasons people experience a waning libido (lower sex drive), and they can include everything from underlying health problems to the natural progression of a relationship. (Those first few months are generally more intensely exciting than later months and years, though there are many benefits that come from a longer-standing relationship that more than make up for the shift.) Stress, however, is a widespread and often-overlooked culprit when it comes to a dampened desire; men and women alike can find themselves less romantically inclined when they're chronically stressed.

If you find yourself 'too tired' more often than you'd like to be, don't rule out stress as a culprit. And don't overlook the value of sex (within a healthy, committed relationship) as a great stress reliever as well. The following resources can tell you what you need to know.

Sex and Stress Resources:

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