Dry spells get a pretty bad rap. And as the gen who’s having the least sex, what’s the big deal actually? Own your sexual droughts, once and for all.
Confession: A few years ago this #TeamCLEO staffer woke up and decided to go on a sex sabbatical. It was on the back of the prolonged, unhealthy period of sleeping with an ex, where she thought he’d be so excited to Netflix and chill that he’d want to hang out with the rest of her again, too. So on one particular morning, she cut all ties with Mr F***boy
and took matters into her own hands. What she didn’t predict was two years later she’d still be dealing with matters in her own hands — literally.
But in those two sexless years she didn’t re-virginise or grow cobwebs down there, as you’d imagine would happen. (But she did think a lot about Zac Efron.) She felt empowered. Of course there was always the odd dark day. But 90 per cent of the time instead of just surviving the sex drought, she thrived.
Here is Gemma’s story:
SEX SABBATICAL SMARTS #2
Skipping sex-ercise won’t stuff up your body goals
“Sex as a legit form of exercise? In theory, yes, but it depends how long you go at it. A study published in medical journal PLOS One recruited 21 couples in their twenties to wear data-monitoring armbands during sex and a treadmill workout. For women, getting it on burned three calories each minute and, when participants embarked upon a 25-minute session, gave off the equivalent energy expenditure of walking uphill.
Not bad, right? It’s less impressive, however, if you consider the average sexual encounter on lasts for 5.5 to 7.5 mins. Participants who stuck to the treadmill, however, burnt more than double the calories. Now, that kind of exercise can go all day and night.”