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  • 10 things that happen to you when you stop having $ex

    1. You get sick more often. Our immune system gets weaker when we’re not getting any. Want to avoid the cold and flu? Have more $ex. Sounds like a win-win preposition if you ask us.

    2. Your stress levels increase.You can get more anxious because there’s a decrease in “feel good” hormones being released, says Doctor. Lack of $ex is stressful. Even studies have shown that when you’re going through a $ex rut, you absolutely have a harder time dealing with stress-inducing situations.

    3. You have a harder time getting aroused.On the other hand, men could begin to suffer from erectile dysfunction, specifically premature ejaculation. (Hey, the penis IS a muscle. It’s like they say at the gym: use it or lose it.)

    4. Your dreams change.On the positive side of things, you may start having $ex dreams or even orgasm in your sleep. It’s not the same as the real deal, but it’s a nice substitute.

    5. You lose urge to have $ex.Dr. Honickman says that you will start to want $ex less if you haven’t gotten any in a while. Your libido is going to feel off or different than it normally does. And it’s normal that it feels abnormal.

    6. You grow apart from your partner.If you’re in a relationship, you may start getting insecure about the connection you have with your honey. To that end, other people are going to become more attractive to you. Take this as a sign that a healthy $ex life is important.

    7. You self-esteem might suffer.You may feel less attractive and more sad. It’s believed semen has anti-depressant qualities — and no, that’s not just something men have made up so we blow them. Using a condom can have these negative reactions as well.

    8. For men, the risk for prostate cancer rises.It’s more than your immune system. Dr. Honickman says a man’s risk for prostate cancer rises if they go without having $ex for long periods of time. That seems pretty unfair. No orgasms AND you might die. Thanks, universe.

    9. Your vaginal walls get weaker.Having $ex can be like a workout for your Kegels. So even if you aren’t getting any, it’s important to remember to do your Kegel exercises on a daily basis.

    10. Your risk of STIs will decrease.Hey, there’s a silver lining for everything. And interestingly, so does your risk of UTIs. Most of these occur within 24 hours of having $ex. No $ex, majorly decreased chance of infection.

     

     

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  • 10 Things NOT To Do On A Valentine's Day Date

    Long before it was immortalized as a sub-par romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day has been infamous for anxiety. There’s nothing like an evening of high expectations and commercialized intimacy to make us wish February 14th was just the day in 1912 when Arizona was admitted as the 48th state (look it up). But there’s no escaping the rose petals, romantic greeting cards and spike in chocolate sales—so here’s how to make it through. For your own sake, please don’t…

    1. Bring a Friend

     

    No matter how much you want your crush to meet Amanda or hit it off with Lauren, leave the crew at home. “But they’re so fun!” Nope. They’re probably not. Even a double date is two too many. Sorry, but regardless of whether the thought of spending an extended amount of time alone with your date is a huge relief or provokes a nervous rash, this one is all you.

    2. Reference Next Year’s Valentine’s Day

    Nothing says, “I just went from having a good time to having premature anticipatory anxiety about the longevity of our relationship” like referencing a date that’s a year away. If an event is too far in advance to ask a friend what you should wear to it, you shouldn’t bring it up on V-Day.

    3. Buy Him a Car

    When a present escalates from a kind gesture to an uncomfortably outlandish statement of extravagance, everyone feels ill at ease. Especially the salesperson he’s about to hunt down for convincing him that a teddy bear makes a perfectly fine gift.

    4. Forget to Shave Your Legs

    This is a common courtesy. I hope no explanation is necessary.

    5. Make Elaborate, Inflexible Plans

    Valentine’s Day is the New Year’s Eve of romance: it’s a night you wait all year for which, inevitably, leads to disappointment when things don’t go exactly as you dreamed (or scheduled meticulously in the shower). Don’t plan a night that will crash and burn if you’re fifteen minutes late to dinner or get a little bit lost on the way to the romantic view you’ve been scouting for sunset. Because if my own life is any indication, things will not go exactly as planned.

    6. Pre-Game Dinner

    No matter how nervous you are, don’t take a shot to loosen up. No matter how convincingly a friend urges you to grab a cocktail before the date, just say no. No matter how exciting the party down the hall sounds, don’t indulge in a pre-dinner drink (or three). Oh, and don’t overdo it on the wine at the restaurant, either.

    7. Ask for Extra Garlic on Your Mashed Potatoes

    Garlic is a flavor much better enjoyed the first time around. No need to order plain toast or pasta with olive oil, hold the Parmesan, but take it easy on the garlic butter prawns.

    8. Cry

    Of laughter, of sadness, of frustration, of anger, of happiness, of surprise or of joy. Please… just don’t cry.

    9. Suggest a Bad Movie

    What’s that you say, you’re no longer attracted to me after seeing the 7:30 showing of Paddington or Jupiter Ascending? Don’t out yourself as a bad date by turning a romantic evening into an evening of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

    10. Talk About The Past

    You can reference the distant past (“Hey, speaking of Abraham Lincoln…” or “Remember when Pokemon cards were cool?”) but steer clear of all not-so-distant history, like exes and, specifically, last year’s Valentine’s Day. That is, unless you’re lucky enough to be sitting with the same guy.

     

    hercampus.com · by Rachel Peck

     

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