In the opening episode of Masters of Sex, the new series detailing the research and personal life of 1950s sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Dr. Masters tells an uninhibited study subject: Think of yourself as Sir Edmund Hillary leaving base camp.
Since then, weve learned a lot about what makes sparks fly and what dampens desire:
High heels can interfere with a womans orgasm. While shoe designer Christian Louboutin may claim the arch of his heels replicates the arch of a womans back in the throes ... those sky-high perches actually trigger chronic contraction of pelvic floor muscles. That means theres less muscle motion during orgasm.
A couple of drinks might loosen you up, but alcohol can dehydrate, and that dampens orgasms for women and men.
You might gobble bar food on date night, but what you need to keep blood flowing and to reduce inflammation (which can cause aches and pains that make intimacy difficult) is nutrition and muscle power. So take half a multivitamin twice a day; 900 IU of DHA fish or algal oil daily; and eat foods that deliver the recommended daily allowance for 19- to 50-year-olds of calcium (1000 mg), magnesium (310-400 mg) and zinc (8-11 mg).
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.