Women are more likely to initiate things at this time of the month, so get the arousing gel ready.

Harness your hormone fluctuations for a better sex life

Though many women prefer to put away their personal lubricants and remain relatively chaste during that time of the month, did you know that your menstrual cycle can actually help improve your sex life? So say the health experts at Women's Health Magazine.

Whether you're comfortable getting up close and personal during your period is, of course, entirely up to you, though the magazine notes that you are missing out on some exciting hormonal crests that may do more for your libido than even the best arousing gel. However, the week or two following your cycle also puts you in a prime position to enjoy a bit of physical intimacy.

Between 9 and 14 days after you start your period, "you'll start getting a big boost of estrogen and testosterone during these six days, making you especially flirty. Your voice even becomes higher-pitched during this time, according to research conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles," the source states. In fact, women are more likely to initiate the act during this time-frame, thanks to our hard-wired biological instincts to make babies. "Once ovulation occurred, women needed a coy way to snag a man during the final push," Women's Health explains. 

Staying in tune with your hormonal shifts and the desires they incite is a great way to ramp up your sex life and foster further intimacy between you and your partner. It may even make you a bit more appreciative of the fluctuations women endure. To really get things going, consider introducing natural lubricants for an even more pleasurable experience.

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