Too much stress and too many martinis arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the only things that can screw with your sex drive. Certain personality traits are linked with poorer sexual function, according to a new study published in the journal Sexual Medicine.
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Researchers surveyed 50 women who were seeking care for sexual dysfunction to see how their sex lives, personality traits, and coping mechanisms related to each other. They found that women who scored high on extraversion (those who were outgoing and energetic) and openness to experience (those who were curious and inventive) had better sexual function than the women who were introverted or less open to new experiences.
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But donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry, that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily mean that your sex life is doomed if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re an introvert. Researchers also found that dealing with sexual dysfunction through positive coping mechanisms like emotional support (think: venting to a friend or therapist) was associated with better orgasm and sexual satisfaction. So if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not feeling as frisky lately and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re typically a little more introverted or traditional, you might want to try talking things over with a sex therapistÃ¢â‚¬”or even just with your partner or a close friend. You may not be able to change your personality, but that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tweak your sex life!
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