It’s great to have a partner who will sincerely commend you. But when it comes to sex, only one compliment can make a big difference. According to research, knowing that your partner loves and enjoys your body will have a positive impact on your sex life.
The study, published in the journal Sex and Marital Therapy, studied 244 women between the ages of 18 and 30. Each of them had been in a relationship for at least three months and had been sexually active for the last month of days. They answered questions about their body and sex life.
Their task was to rate how much they agree with statements like “I feel good in my body” and “I respect my body.” They then rated statements from their partner’s perspective as “My partner likes my body”.
The next phase included answers to questions about sex life. Researchers were asked how often they felt sexual desire, and how intense their excitement, orgasms and sexual pleasure were. The women rated their overall satisfaction with the relationship, taking into account how much they felt valued.
The results? The more women felt that their partner valued their body, the more satisfied they were with their sex life and the relationship in general. Those who felt the excitement of their partner were much more excited and had better sex.
There was also a correlation between how much women valued their own body and how much they thought their partner valued it. Women with greater confidence in their body were with partners who also enjoyed their body more.
Researchers think that besides emotions, trust is very important. If you are sure that your partner enjoys your naked body, you will be more confident, easier to relax and enjoy sex with your partner.