Why It's Harder To Orgasm When You're Drunk

Photographed by Natalia Mantini.
A recent study suggested that couples who drink together are more likely to be happier in their relationship — unfortunately, these findings don't always extend to the couple's sex lives, as many who have been unable to orgasm after a few drinks can tell you. The fact remains that drinking can have an adverse effect on pleasure — men's and women's alike. In order to find out why, Shape turned to sexpert Dr. Logan Levkoff.

Related: The Real Reason You Can't Orgasm During Sex

Drinking alcohol makes you dehydrated. And, well, your vagina is going to feel those effects, too, Dr. Levkoff explains. "If you have a vagina and you want to engage in sex," she says, "you want lubrication." But, if you've been drinking and you're solely relying on natural lubrication (as opposed to one of these options), there's a chance that you'll experience some extra friction, which tends to make sex more painful and less enjoyable. This combination, you might have guessed, can easily result in no orgasm.

Related: Help! What To Do If A Condom Comes Off Inside You

So, the next time you're tipsy and in the mood, just reach for the lube — and a condom, Dr. Levkoff stresses. That said, she adds that you can always talk to your doctor if you believe your inability to climax is a chronic problem and not just due to a night of drinking. We just happen to have some tips to offer, too.

Click through to
Shape for more on the ins and outs of sexual well-being. (Shape)

Related: The Best Lube For Any Sex Scenario
Advertisement

More from Sex & Relationships

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.