How To Prevent Annoying Muscle Cramps During Sex

July 9, 2015

Because a leg cramp shouldn’t get in the way of your orgasm.

Muscle cramps aren’t fun. But muscle cramps during sex? Those are a nightmare.

There’s nothing worse than having your body work against you when you’re in the throes of passion. It can be hard enough work reaching climax as it is than having to worry about an additional pain or locked muscle. And when muscle cramps hit, they tend to do so at the worst possible moment. (Thanks, body.)

So rather than putting up with the pain or – worse still – halting proceedings, here are some things you can do to banish them altogether.

What causes muscle cramps?

The best way to avoid any type of body complaint is understanding what creates it in the first place. However, while muscle cramps are fairly common, the exact cause of this annoying pain remains unknown. Current research suggests it’s due to some type of imbalance within the body, and the following list has been recommended as some of the possible causes.

  • Dehydration
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Excessive sweating
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Nutritional deficiencies in calcium, potassium and magnesium

How to prevent muscle cramps

Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size fits all solution when it comes to treating your muscle cramps, because the exact cause could be a range of factors occurring simultaneously.

Therefore, the best way to prevent muscle cramps happening is to firstly determine which possible cause fits your scenario. For example, if you tend to get muscle cramps when you’re sweating (also very common during sex), you might be experiencing some dehydration. Ideally, prevention would be to drink more water, but if you find that this doesn’t solve the problem, try a few more of the following remedies:

  • Drink more water before, during and after sex.
  • Remember to warm up before sex. This can involve foreplay, and beginning with less strenuous positions. Going straight into sexual gymnastics is a recipe for muscle cramp hell.
  • Swap positions regularly if they put strain on certain body parts.
  • Evaluate your diet. If nutritional deficiencies are the possible problem, eat more foods from the following groups:

Calcium rich foods

  • Dairy products such as yogurt, cheese and milk.

Potassium rich foods

  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Potatoes
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese
  • Pineapple
  • Grapefruit
  • Apricots
  • Nectarines

Magnesium rich foods

  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale and cabbage.
  • Nuts and seeds.
  • Wholegrain foods such as rice, quinoa and grain bread.

Essentially, muscle cramps occur as an indicator that something is lacking within your body. They are annoying and can be pretty painful (even more so during sex), so if you find they persist despite trying out a range of remedies, it might be time to see your doctor.

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