Sex is a good stress buster. But what if stress is busting your sex life?
Most couples instinctively know that when they are stressed, getting cozy in bed is the best way to calm all the frayed nerves.
A good orgasm serves like a soothing balm. Ever wondered why? During sex, our brain releases endorphins – hormones that are responsible for the relaxed feeling. Besides, sex being a type of exercise, it also adds to the stress relief like all other types of exercise. Studies done on couples in the Arizona State University, have examined the relation between sex and stress.
The researchers found that engaging in sexual behavior resulted in a more positive mood, the following day. They say that the effect lasts not only for a few hours, but for several days after an intercourse. To examine the effect of sex on stressful situations faced later, the same group was then put in a situation like a public oration or solving math puzzles, after having sex. They found that people who had sex, could cope with the situation better. Blood pressure as a response to stress was examined and it was found that these people had lower blood pressure in the situations that they were put in.
Sex leaves you relaxed, mentally & physically.
COVID-19 and Stress
However, while sex can be a great way to relieve stress, it is not always the case, especially in scenarios that are over stressful. The current scenario of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic is not only causing panic, but leaving people overwhelmed with stress. In these times, many people are dealing with multiple issues like caring for the elderly at home, looking after their own and their children’s health & doing the household chores. Working from home for long hours feels like a burden at the end of the day. Some might even be facing pay cuts.
At the end of the day, many couples might be finding it difficult to get intimate. Men may carry the burden of this stress to bed and may not get a proper erection. In such a scenario, attempting an intercourse might be counterproductive and may result in failure.
After a few days, when they get intimate again, the man gets reminded of his earlier performance, which makes him fail again. If this becomes a regular cycle, then performance anxiety starts setting in, leading to erectile dysfunction. The conditioning becomes hard to break. This is the result of another hormone released during stress – called cortisol.
Stress not only results in the production of high amounts of cortisol, but also results in low levels of sex hormones.
The body produces cortisol to fight stressful situations like the current pandemic, but does this at the expense of sex hormones, resulting in a low sex drive. Performance anxiety and failure to get erection, only adds to further stress.
Ashwagandha can come to rescue!
Preparing a stressed mind to have sex is not an easy task. When chronic stress sets in, it becomes all the more difficult. In such cases, it is better to combat stress and low sex drive with the help of supplements. One of the several supplements that have been tried and tested is our very own herb called Ashwagandha. It is known to have adaptogenic properties i.e., it helps in relieving stress. One of the several mechanisms that it may be doing so, is by blocking the brain’s mechanism of processing stress. Ashwagandha is also known to reduce the levels of the stress hormone – cortisol.
Ashwagandha is also being tested currently as an immunity enhancer & adaptogenic in the fight against COVID-19 by DAILAB, an international laboratory.
When Ashwagandha is combined with other ingredients like L-Arginine & Ginseng, the synergy results in an overall improvement in sexual performance.
Afropil is one such supplement that is carefully formulated to address all issues related to a man’s sexual performance – reduction in stress and performance anxiety, getting a better erection, providing the stamina for a good performance & prolonging the duration of intercourse by addressing premature ejaculation – so that he scores a perfect 10 after each act!