‘THIS.FEELS. AMAZ­ING.JUST. NEED.TO.CHECK. MY.PHONE.”

Have bet­ter sex.

Men's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY LUX ALPTRAUM

With 22% of 25- to 34-yearolds hav­ing used a dat­ing app to land a part­ner, ac­cord­ing to Pew Re­search Cen­tre, why not let an app help you nav­i­gate sex with said part­ner? As smooth as you may be at swip­ing and chat­ting, you can still get lost in the bed­room. Your phone, as it does every other as­pect of your life, knows this – or rather it will, with a slew of new dig­i­tal ser­vices built to hone your sex­ual per­for­mance.

FOR WHEN YOU’RE A DATA HOUND

The App: Lovely (ourlovely.com)

This one re­quires a track­ing ac­ces­sory, and it’s not a smart­watch. When paired with the vi­brat­ing Lovely ring for your, uh, anatomy, the app tracks and analy­ses your body move­ments dur­ing sex. Us­ing that in­for­ma­tion, it sug­gests new po­si­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties. Into mis­sion­ary? The app rec­om­mends the Launch Pad, in which your part­ner lifts her legs and puts her feet against your chest, so she con­trols the ac­tion. Pre­view Les­son! Be­yond cold met­rics, the Lovely blog touts planned sex. It can still be in­ti­mate and arous­ing – just imag­ine the thrill of re­ceiv­ing that cal­en­dar in­vite.

FOR WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW IT ALL

The App: Juice­box (juice­boxit.com)

A com­mon com­plaint that sex and re­la­tion­ship coach and pro­fes­sor Char­lie Glick­man hears from male clients is that they feel pres­sure to act like porn stars in bed. “For a lot of guys, the scari­est three words they could say are ‘I don’t know’,” he ex­plains. This app that lets you – for free – pri­vately browse user ques­tions and seek ad­vice from screened ex­perts. For a weekly cost, you get un­lim­ited ac­cess to in­ter­ac­tive sex-ed guides, plus one-on-one chats with cer­ti­fied sex ed­u­ca­tors. Pre­view Les­son! In the app, Juice­box coach Stella Har­ris sug­gests up­ping your oral game by us­ing your hands to stim­u­late other ar­eas of your part­ner’s body while you’re at it, like her hips, thighs, or breasts.

FOR KICK­ING OFF CON­VER­SA­TION

The App: Gottman Card Decks (via the App Store)

One sex tip you’ll prob­a­bly hear from any re­la­tion­ship ex­pert? Get good at com­mu­ni­ca­tion. But be­com­ing bet­ter at talk­ing about sex takes ef­fort, just like ac­tual sex. Swipe through the “cards” from the re­la­tion­ship pros at the Gottman In­sti­tute for prompts to help you both put re­la­tion­ship needs into words and dis­cover ques­tions you didn’t even know you wanted to ask. Pre­view Les­son! The app’s Salsa decks sug­gest ways to get the two of you in the mood, like “Have a naked bill-pay­ing night.” So that would be two naked bill-pay­ing nights in a week?!

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