Society expects us to conform to a strict set of rules about how to look, which is understandable. Having said that, being bombarded with messages about how the ideal body shape or size should be may lead to negative body image, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. This can trigger all kinds of behaviour —taking lots of diet or weight gain pills and having plastic surgery. All of these can have negative effects on the body in the long run.
This is a big topic to unpack, but we are going to focus on how negative body image can affect us in bed, not just at the beach.
Particularly when it comes to sex and relationships, negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about your body can hold you back and even contribute to sexual difficulties. Studies suggest that women who feel negatively about their bodies have lower sexual desire and arousal. They are more likely to avoid sex and experience decreased pleasure. Men can also suffer feelings of body self-consciousness, but it often does not interfere with their sexual function as much as it does with women.
There are two kinds of body image issues that may affect a woman sexually – what she thinks of herself and what she believes her partner thinks of her body;
Now, enough of the bad news. What to do?
Here are a few tips to overcome body image issues and improve your sexual life:
Start doing what feels comfortable, embrace your silhouette, and be elegant in the way you walk.