Healthy sex

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Enjoy sex more

Sex is one of life's greatest pleasures — and you can keep things lively by trying these tips.

Take care of the equipment

Skip the so-called sexual performance enhancers. Remember those Couple biking basics for keeping your body healthy?

It turns out that taking off those few extra pounds, protecting your heart health, and quitting smoking don't just make you feel great. They increase your sex drive and stamina, too. So if you want to rev up your performance, fine-tune your healthy habits.

Master the art of communication

Great sex starts before you hit the bedroom. You don't read minds, and neither does your partner. Sometimes the best way to improve your sex life is to talk more about what you want. Asking for what you want — and asking what your partner wants — can help you both get satisfaction.

Play it safe

Rates of STDs are high among adolescents and young men. Use condoms and practice safer sex to protect yourself from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Not ready to be a father yet? You and your partner are both responsible for preventing pregnancy, so check out the options for safe, reliable birth control methods.

ED stands for "Early Diagnosis"

If you think you're having a problem performing, don't wait to get help. Early diagnosis can keep small problems from turning into big ones.

There are effective treatments for premature ejaculation and erection problems. So read up about these and other common conditions that can affect your sex life  — then email your doctor or find a location near you.

Keep it real

Not feeling turned on one night or losing an erection is no big deal.Try not to dwell on it. You and your partner can find plenty of ways to enjoy yourselves.

Reviewed by: Mark Groshek, MD, March 2016
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

© 2016 Kaiser Permanente

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