While listening to romantic music or snuggling up to your partner might help put you in the mood, research shows that eating certain foods may play a larger role in a woman’s sexual health. “A woman’s overall health plays a big role in her sexual well-being and can positively affect conditions she may be suffering in the bedroom. Chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs), yeast overgrowth, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), vaginal dryness or moodiness and irritability are just some of the problems that can plague many women, making intimacy a dreaded task instead of the sensual and enjoyable experience it should be,” says Misti Gueron, M.S., RD, medical nutrition therapist at the Khalili Center. Research shows these nine foods might help alleviate and, in some cases, resolve your sexual discomforts. Be sure to check with your health care provider before changing your diet to see what foods or supplements are best for your medical history.
A normal libido, or sex drive, promotes physical and emotional wellness and can strengthen intimacy with your partner. Many factors can interfere with women’s libido, including hormonal shifts, medications such as birth control pills, sleep loss, vaginal dryness and low self-esteem. Addressing underlying causes as well as eating a healthy diet rich in certain nutrients can help restore lost sex drive, making way for a more gratifying life.
Fish are top sources of omega-3 fatty acids, essential fats your body must obtain from food. In addition to reducing bodily inflammation and enhancing cardiovascular health, omega-3s can help stave off negative moods and boost libido, says sexual health expert and urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week. Particularly omega-3-rich varieties include salmon, herring, mackerel, herring and lake trout.