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The Shape of Your Sex Life: The Naked Truth

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The Shape of Your Sex Life: The Naked Truth
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Myth #3 As you get older and put on a few pounds, your husband won't be attracted to you anymore.

The truth You may be busy worrying about which position best flattens your tummy, but he's focusing on the pleasure of the moment, says Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and the author of Pleasure: A Woman's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need, and Deserve. Your guy's not imagining you 5 pounds lighter or cataloging any of your perceived flaws; he’s turned on by the way you look right now. Try to put aside your insecurities and pay more attention to what excites you—and your partner—Schwartz advises.

"Men are visual, and they need to look at our bodies and see that we're confident about them."

One easy way to guarantee you feel proud of the way you look: Work out regularly. Not only will you stay in good shape physically, but when you exercise, your brain releases endorphins that improve your mood and relax you. "This is the state of mind required to feel fully aroused," says Hutcherson. "You can have a love life without working out, but you'll enjoy it more when you're getting the benefits of exercise."

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