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This Surprising Nutrient Could Just Be What Your Sex Life Is Missing

Sarah Regan
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July 2, 2022
Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor
By Sarah Regan
mbg Spirituality & Relationships Editor
Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Editor, and a registered yoga instructor. She received her bachelor's in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.
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July 2, 2022

A healthy sex life can be one of the most pleasurable aspects of a relationship and a great way to connect intimately with your partner. But what happens when stress gets in the way? Here's what to know about the stress-sex connection, plus what you can do about it.

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Why stress can ruin sex.

Stress can put a major damper on your sex life, both lowering your libido1 and getting in the way of orgasming—not to mention the strain it can put on a relationship in general.

Research has even shown that experiencing stress is negatively correlated with sexual activity (both in terms of sexual behavior and satisfaction). In one 2010 study2 on sex and stress, the researchers write, "Higher self-reported stress in daily life was associated with lower levels of sexual activity and satisfaction and a decrease in relationship satisfaction."

It's also not uncommon for a stressful thought mid-coitus to totally take you out of the moment (which can be hard to get back into once you've lost the vibe).

"Stress makes the body produce cortisol, and cortisol interrupts all the happy hormones of sexual arousal," mindfulness coach Emma Michelle Dixon, Ph.D., previously wrote for mbg. "When we're stressed during sex, we also tend to get too much in our heads instead of focusing on our bodies, which is key to experiencing pleasure."

How magnesium can help.

Magnesium is a major player in the body's overall functioning, and being relaxed to enjoy good sex is no exception. Getting enough magnesium in our life is clearly linked with stress physiology3. In fact, high levels of stress can actually mess with the homeostasis of magnesium4 (an essential macromineral, mind you) in the body.

To make matters worse, the magnesium gap in our nation is surprisingly large. An estimated 44% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium5 from their diet on a daily basis.

Luckily, magnesium supplements are available today to ensure you reach the recommended daily intake of magnesium6, such as mbg's sleep support+ formula. It's made with magnesium bisglycinate, which is known for its ability to help relax muscles and ease stress—both things that will help in the bedroom.*

As board-certified neurologist Ilene Ruhoy, M.D., Ph.D., previously told mbg, "Several7 studies8 have shown magnesium to be beneficial for anxiousness with improvements in sense of calm, contentment, and resilience."*

The supplement can be especially helpful for those who enjoy having sex in the evenings, as its 120 milligrams of magnesium bisglycinate per serving are paired with sleep enhancers jujube and PharmaGABA®.* You can expect its sleep-promoting properties to kick in within one to two hours of taking the nightly supplement—giving you and your partner plenty of quality time in between.*

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The takeaway.

If stress is getting in the way of your sex life, supplementing with magnesium could be just the thing you're looking for to get out of your head and into your body.* With your mind more at ease and your muscles relaxed, prepare for sex to get a whole lot better.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications, consult with your doctor before starting a supplement routine. It is always optimal to consult with a health care provider when considering what supplements are right for you.