A study of 540 heterosexual women led by University of Guelph’s Stephanie A. Sanders concludes that current and lifetime sexual, arousal and orgasm difficulties often stem from “Arousal Contingency” and “Concerns about Sexual Function.”
Simply put, personality-driven, sexual inhibitions affect sexual appetite and arousal. Being easily distracted during sex or worrying about performance can be a real, and potentially long-term, turn off.
Previous studies have explored the role that age, education and socio-economic status play in sexual functioning among women, but few have explored the role of personality, Eurekalert.org reports. Sanders’ research suggests that women’s sexual-inhibition tendencies trump these other factors in predicting sexual problems.
In our article, “Better Sex Now”, Lori Brotto, a psychologist and director of the sexual health laboratory at the University of British Columbia, suggests that practicing mindfulness can help women reconnect with their own desire and arousal. Other women swear by fantasizing before sex to help them focus and enjoy.
It puts a whole new spin on mindfulness and meditation, doesn’t it?