How much sex is enough

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to sex and pleasure, says Dorothy Black

Once, when a whirlwind romance came to an end on account of my lover leaving the country for good, Miss America comforted me with some cold facts: ‘he was a rat, good riddance’ and ‘all you have to do now is prepare for the love drug withdrawals’.

The love drug withdrawals. After months of regular intimacy, my body was used to its daily dose of happy love chemicals: oxytocin and dopamine.

Look, I don’t know if a ‘love drug’ withdrawal is science or anything, but I do know that my body follows some pretty basic scripts when it isn’t having its needs met.

I’m starting to wonder if that ‘crankiness’ is simply my physical and emotional body needing its next hit of love drug

For example: I don’t eat, I get hungry; I don’t drink coffee, I get thirsty; I don’t look at baby animals on IG, I get sad; I don’t get naked love cuddles, I get cranky.

In Dot Land it’s just basic biology.

I’m starting to wonder if that ‘crankiness’ is simply my physical and emotional body needing its next hit of love drug. And for me, in a long-term relationship, the longest I seem happily capable of going is four days. Depending where I am in my cycle. Oh and the key phrase here is ‘happily’, of course.

Knowing how long you can happily go before needing your top-up dose of deliciousness is helpful, because everyone is different. Especially if you’re an every-four-days type and your honey is more an every-two-days type. These difference are why I don’t buy the ‘happy couples have sex 2 to 3 times a week’ business. Life and hormones just aren’t that robotic.

Sex isn’t about getting stuck at Penetration Station.

How much sex is enough, is how much is enough for you; and enough is the amount that fills your love tanks and satiates you physically and emotionally.

Maybe it’s worthwhile pointing out that when I talk about ‘sex’, I’m talking about pleasure and naked love cuddles. Sex isn’t about getting stuck at Penetration Station.

I think that this assumption sometimes gets in the way of getting naked for some women. Sometimes you just don’t want that physical boundary crossed, you know?

Then again, I think many guys only know how to express a need for emotional and physical intimacy through sex as penetration and orgasm.

It can be a problem when you need physical connection but only equate sex with the penetration you might not want

So you see how it can become a real problem when you need that physical connection – your dose of love drug – but only equate sex with the penetration you might not want.

The nuts and bolts, then, in the answer to ‘how much sex is enough for me’ is how you and your partner talk about what you both need to feel intimately connected. And there’s a wild array of ways to get your jollies on – oral, mutual/solo manual stim, touch and massage, toys, cuddles and kissing … and yes penetration.

Oh and this doesn’t include all the daily bonding touches, by the way, but then again I’m a very touchy-feely type.

So. How much sex is enough? Well, as much sex/pleasure/love/naked cuddles that is enough for YOU.

This column was first published on W24.co.za