There’s no denying that when your gut health issues begin to dominate your life, they also become that annoying third wheel with your significant other, especially in between the sheets. There’s nothing sexier than farts and a bloated stomach when getting kinky with your partner, right?
Generally, you’d think that this is already a handful to deal with, but unfortunately not only can stomach issues cause havoc on your wild times in the bedroom, but it can also play a HUGE role in your libido. So in many cases, you should be counting your lucky stars if your gas is the only thing that’s getting in the way.
So what has research said about gut health vs. sex life?
Lately, medicine has uncovered many ways in which the gut, particularly the population of bacteria living in your intestines and bowel and intestines (our microbiome), can impact our health and sexual behaviour. The hormones of sexual behaviour, in particular, the actual matter of attraction relies heavily on the gut to maintain a healthy and happy sex life.
Conversely, people who have IBS and other gut health issues worry about it interfering with their sex lives, which can aggravate a flare-up. A report was released by Everyday Health in 2018 that indicated that men with IBS have more issues with erectile dysfunction than men without it. But this information is only the surface of reasons why our gut health and sexual health are connected.
Either way, it’s important to never underestimate the influence and control your gut can have over your life, so being patient and kind to your body’s transitions is a key learning from this article. Here are other ways in which your gut health can affect your sex life…
The gut helps produce serotonin that affects your sex life…
Your sexual health is connected to the gut because of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Serotonin plays a huge role in regulating our mental health, it is the connection to our brain. It is now becoming mainstream that the majority of serotonin is produced by gut bacteria. Serotonin interestingly enough also regulates bowel movements and feelings of nausea.
It’s also important to consider that if your serotonin levels are too high, it can create issues in men taking longer to ejaculate, lowered sex drive and delayed weaker orgasms.
Conversely, low levels can magnify your sex drive, which can cause premature ejaculation or heightened orgasms. A gut that is producing varying levels of serotonin may be the main player in the game of unexplained mood and libido changes.
How can you fix this problem? You can take an at-home hormone test called ‘The DUTCH test’ that will give you a clear indication as to not just what serotonin is doing to your body, but also all the other fun hormones that are having a party in your gut!
You can buy ‘The DUTCH’ hormone test on amazon, click on this link to check it out.
UTIs can be caused by gut bacteria…
Gut health is important when it comes to the health of our sexual parts, too! Our microbiome can be the reason why we contract UTI’s. Most UTI’s are caused by E. coli that live in the gut and spread to the urinary tract. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad thing, it can usually be harmless and healthy. However, when it manages to migrate it becomes quite troublesome.
Many humans will have a UTI in their lifetime, and recently a study found that it’s not actually as simple as one transfer of bacteria from the gut to the bladder or vagina. There is one bacterium mostly found in the vagina, called Gardnerella Vaginalis and this little guy can trigger recurrent UTI issues (thanks mate). It causes E. coli which is leftover from previous UTI’s to grow again, causing a new infection.
Unfortunately, in this case, antibiotics don’t specifically target Gardnerella Vaginalis, which is probably the reason why new infections are so difficult to treat. So, it’s not just the gut that needs balanced bacterial populations to be healthy.
How can you fix this problem? Find a recommended vaginal probiotic! People who take vaginal probiotics, which contain live bacteria aimed at producing healthy populations of bacteria help decrease the recurrent UTI episodes.
Gut Microbes might be the reason why we feel sexy…
Guess what? Studies now suggest that the microbiome of the gut are the key ingredient in sex, especially attraction! Our microbes in our guts affect our skin, hair, nails, mood and even our oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a hormone and neurotransmitter that is involved in childbirth and breast-feeding. It is also highly associated with empathy, trust sexual activity.
The oxytocin we release is our ‘glow of health’ and it has a strong role in whether we’re attractive to others. Our guts can create a huge impact on our overall appearance as attractive mates to others. Yes, you heard right, there may be a chance that microbes play a role in healthy relationships and good attraction. I’m feeling a new app idea. Matchmaking with microbes? Although, scientists are still trying to fully figure this out!
How can you fix this problem? There are so many ways to increase oxytocin! Jasmine oil, melatonin, chamomile, magnesium, vitamin D are just a few to name from the top of our heads! Even petting a dog, cuddles and exercise can help!
Next time you’re sitting there scratching your head as to why you’re just ‘not feeling it’ it might not be because your partners’ tricks just aren’t working for you. Take a break, recalibrate, and give your gut and mind some time to sit down and dissect what actually could be the problem.
And remember, it’s okay! We all have these moments.