Research has shown poor self-image is impacting on women's sex lives. Many women appear to be self-conscious about their naked bodies and this poor body-image can impact on their performance in the bedroom. That is according to a survey of 2,000 women, which discovered a third had experienced suffering in their love life as a result of being self-conscious when naked.
The study, from Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Clubs, also found 33 per cent of respondents felt losing weight would help to boost their sex lives. This demonstrates the significant role body-image plays in a successful and happy relationship.Indeed, the confidence to get naked may encourage couples to be more experimental and bring a bit of spark back to the bedroom.
According to the research, women hope to shed around 11 pounds to make themselves feel better in the bedroom. This shows how ideas of weight and size impact on women's perceptions of themselves as good lovers. Furthermore, the study found 15 per cent of women agreed their partner's affection had weakened as they aged and put on weight.
"Baring all can be intimidating and the majority of people will have one hang-up or another," commented Rosemary Conley, CBE. "Even people who are in shape and extremely toned will have issues with being seen without any clothes on - British people in particular seem more reserved than other nations."
Some 15 per cent of respondents agreed how confident a woman is in her body depended entirely on whether or not she had kids. Stretch marks, love handles and loose skin were all concerns that caused women to get worried about stripping off. The part of their body sampled women were most dissatisfied with was their tummies, followed by their thighs. In fact, half of respondents claimed no woman is ever happy with her naked form.
"All the anxieties that women have listed such as stretch marks, saggy tummies and wobbly bits are all part and parcel of getting older and having children," Rosemary said. "Very few people are lucky enough to have a flawless body." The research revealed more than a third of women thought their bodies were "not that bad" but agreed they suffered from a lack of confidence.
In order to keep the magic alight in a relationship, however, it might be an idea for couples to open up about their bodily concerns. Despite the fact 80 per cent of women think men look better naked, it is likely many men feel self-conscious about their appearance too. However, broaching the topic with a partner will help to breakdown the barrier of poor self-image and encourage couples to make sure they continue to give each compliments regardless of how long they have been together.
For those who are unhappy with their naked body, it might be a good idea to see where they can make improvements through regular exercise and a healthy diet to help boost their confidence. Toning up and trimming down will not only help with shedding excess pounds, but will also improve cardiovascular health for a more exciting sex life.