We don’t know if there’s any truth to the story about men thinking of sex every 10 seconds. But we do know one thing – whether you’re a man or a superman, stress can impact your sex drive. Ladies, you can’t breathe easy either. Stress doesn’t discriminate by gender, and negatively affects the libidos of both men and women in different ways. So, how can you avoid it?

 First, let’s recognise and acknowledge some of the most common stress triggers. And in this hurly-burly world, where time is money and everyone is chasing both, there are a LOT of minor things that come together to get people stressed out, Which is dangerous. Why?

 Because most people think it’s the usual big culprits that are to blame for stress. Examples include financial problems, a hectic schedule, poor diet, lack of exercise, constant arguments with people (at work and home)… the list goes on. Any and all of them can trigger low sexual desire.

 Stress triggers the production of the hormone Cortisol. The human body does need it, but in small doses. Constant stress produces higher levels of cortisol which suppress sex hormones. Stress also leads many people to turn to other substances like alcohol. Excessive drinking comes with loads of problems including inability to maintain an erection, dulls the sex drive, making it less pleasurable. It also dehydrates the body, making lubrication challenging. And sex without lubrication is painful which impacts the ability to orgasm. In women, too much stress upsets the fertility cycle, which can lead to many problems.

 And that’s just the physical impact. Stress influences people mentally too. It lowers people’s self-esteem, destroys confidence and leaves you with a negative picture of your own body. As if that wasn’t enough, it disturbs relationships too! People who are very stressed begin to view their partners in a negative light too. Which is clearly not the best way to get in the mood for a little pleasure.

Last but not least – in men, too much stress can impact the quality and health of sperm. Stress hormones triggers the release of glucocorticoids, steroid hormones that decrease the level of testosterone. Lower the level of testosterone, lower will be the sperm production.

 So, how can you reduce stress in your life? Well, there’s no one-step cure. It’s about being aware of what triggers stress, taking efforts to reduce these factors and living a healthy life. Getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising even 30 minutes a day and simply managing your life well can reduce stress.

 And, strangely enough, one of the biggest stressbusters is sex. There’s nothing like spending some quality time with your partner to help reduce your stress. Make time to enjoy some pleasure every week and ensure that you have a KamaSutra condom handy when you and your partner are in the mood.