Why December 15th Might Be the Least Intimate Day of the Year

The Unluckiest Day of the Year for Intimacy

According to experts, December 15th marks the day with the least demand for sexual health services, such as emergency contraception prescriptions and STI tests. Dr. Babak Ashrafi, a family physician in the UK, points out that the day before, December 16th, is possibly when people are least sexually active.

Winter Vagina: The Cold and Dry Culprit

One peculiar factor contributing to the decrease in sexual activity during winter is a condition known as ‘winter vagina.’ Dr. Ashrafi explains that dry, cold air can lead to the genitals entering ‘drought mode,’ causing discomfort during sex.

The drop in temperature, combined with reduced moisture in the air and increased indoor heating, can result in dryness, itchiness, and irritation.

Stress, Short Days, and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Stress during the festive period is another significant factor affecting libido. Dr. Ashrafi emphasizes how stress and worries impact sex drive and overall well-being.

Additionally, the shorter days and reduced exposure to daylight can influence cardiac rhythm, contributing to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression triggered by seasonal changes.

The Role of Exhaustion in Winter Libido

Exhaustion, linked to less sunlight exposure and vitamin deficiencies in winter, further affects libido and sex drive. Dr. Ashrafi suggests that lower energy levels can hinder intimacy. Lack of sunlight and spending more time indoors contribute to vitamin deficiencies, amplifying tiredness during the winter months.

Combating Barriers to Intimacy

Dr. Ashrafi offers practical steps to address barriers to intimacy during winter. For vaginal dryness, using a lubricant is recommended, and individuals with persistent issues should consult healthcare professionals. To maintain skin moisture, experts advise warm, shorter showers and avoiding scented products that strip the skin of natural oils.

Boosting Mood and Libido

To combat low mood, Dr. Ashrafi suggests increasing outdoor activities and sunlight exposure. Seeking professional help, such as psychological therapy and medication, is recommended for those struggling with persistent mood issues.

Regular exercise emerges as a powerful tool, not only improving mental well-being but also boosting blood flow to the genitals, enhancing libido.

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