Now that we’ve spoken at length about the “dos”, let’s meet the “don’ts”. Simply put, the “don’ts” are what used to be called vices; bad habits that bring a host of negative effects in their wake. Curiosity, stress, depression and other such things act as gates by which vices enter and settle into your body and mind.

First is the use of recreational drugs, none of which being particularly beneficial for sex. Sure, it’s nice to be high and have sex at the same time, but there is always a price to pay. Aside from the depression and loss of libido that inevitably follow the high period, most drugs has physical side effects that do not go well with a satisfying sex life. Cocaine, for instance, increases blood pressure and heart rate and prolonged use of this drug leads to heart failure, stroke or cerebral hemorrhage. Cocaine users are seven times more likely to die of a heart attack than non-users. Ecstasy is known to cause a breakdown in skeletal muscles and irregular heartbeat. Heroin locks the user into his own consciousness and sex becomes an unpleasant proposition.

Smoking is not a good idea for sex. Nicotine clogs the arteries and has negative effect on the blood flow. Erections become smaller and smaller in time and the sex drive wanes. Smoking also damages the lungs and makes the user less likely to sustain the physical exertion demanded by sex. It interferes with the use of zinc by the body, which is plain bad for your sex life.

Another bad habit is drinking. Most people know that alcohol and sex don’t mix at all and that the result of alcohol binges is known as a “limp noodle”. Although a glass of a quality drink before sex has never hurt anybody, the idea of jumping into bed after downing a six pack is bad. Alcohol also interferes with the production of testosterone.

Eating to excess is yet another bad idea. Stress, depression and other psychological problems can lead to excess eating and obesity. It’s hardly necessary to say that obese people are less likely to find partners for sex. Aside from being unattractive, obese men cannot sustain the effort involved in sex. So keep an eye on your diet. You wouldn’t want to spoil everything by eating food that your body doesn’t even need, nor use.