Want Greater Sexual Satisfaction? Talk About Sex In Bed

Couples who communicate about sex in bed are more likely to experience greater sexual satisfaction.

A study conducted by Elizabeth Babin, a health communication expert at Cleveland State University , concluded that verbal, and more importantly, non-verbal communication were linked  greater sexual satisfaction.

Want Greater Sexual Satisfaction?  Talk About Sex In BedThe link seems to stem from a level of sexual comfort and confidence that respondents had in  themselves and their partners.  “Even if you just have a little bit of anxiety about the communication, that affects whether you’re communicating or not, but it also directly affected their satisfaction,” said Babin.

The study included 207 people,   88 from undergraduate classes and 119 from online sites.  All participants were asked to complete surveys about their apprehension about sexual communication, their sexual satisfaction and the amount of non-verbal and verbal communication they felt they enacted during sex.

Respondents were asked how much they agreed with statements such as, “I feel nervous when I think about talking with my partner about the sexual aspects of our relationship,” and “I feel anxious when I think about telling my partner what I dislike during sex.”

Respondents were asked how much they agreed with statements such as, “I feel nervous when I think about talking with my partner about the sexual aspects of our relationship,” and “I feel anxious when I think about telling my partner what I dislike during sex.”   The participants also answered questions regarding sexual self-confidence, such as confidence in their sexual skills and how highly they would rate themselves as sexual partners.

Those who reported anxiety in talking about sex also experienced lower levels of sexual enjoyment.  Apprehension in talking about sex is linked to less communication in bed and less satisfaction overall.  The surveys also revealed that a higher level of comfort in talking about sex and higher sexual self-esteem were associated with greater communication during sex.

Verbal communication was linked to more sexual satisfaction; however, nonverbal communication was even more closely linked than verbal communication.

Nonverbal cues may seem safer, Babin said.

Babin states, “It could be perceived as being less threatening, so it might be easier to moan or to move in a certain way to communicate that I’m enjoying the sexual encounter than to say, ‘Hey, this feels really good, I like that. That might seem too direct for some people,”

So, talk about sex.  It’s fun… especially in bed

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