But it's not only vaginas that can suffer from a lack of H2O. Dehydration definitely DOES mess with male-bodied people and can have all kinds of effects on their penis and sex life.
Brides spoke with two doctors to get some important information and symptoms of dehydrated penises.
And consider this your PSA to stay hydrated; because without it, things get bleak.
Dehydrated penis, dehydrated skin.
For a vulva and vagina, dehydration can lead to a lack of proper lubrication and tearing. While this is hellish on many levels, it isn't just women who need their H2O. For a man (or any penis-owning person), dehydration can absolutely contribute to discomfort or even pain during sex.
“The skin of the vagina and penis is susceptible to dryness if not taken care of properly. When your body is properly hydrated the outside skin of both sex organs are less prone to dryness,” explains Sherry Ross, a women’s health expert and author of She-ology. The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. “Skin dryness involving any part of the body is uncomfortable and annoying, especially when it comes to the sensitive skin of the penis.”
If your partner is experiencing pain or itching during sex, it could be due to skin dryness. “Persistent dryness of the skin of the penis can cause itching, burning and pain which leads to emotional and physical disruptions in daily life activities, including the bedroom,” Ross says.
Men need to drink water and moisturize their bits with lotion or a mild vitamin E oil. All people, regardless of gender, need to take care of their skin.
Dehydration can cause erectile issues.
While there are many things that contribute to ED (environmental, physical, and psychological) dehydration is definitionally a contributing factor in many instances. Ross says that prolonged bouts of dehydration can be directly linked to erectile complications.
“Water is vital for every system in our body, making up 60 percent of body weight, so constant replenishing is essential,” Ross tells Brides.
You know how when you go to donate blood they make sure you’ve had enough water and once you’ve filled your vials they give you orange juice? There is a reason for this. “With too little water content in our bodies, our blood flows less easily. With reduced efficiency of blood flow, we can certainly expect issues with erection,” explains Laura Deitsch, resident sexologist of Vibrant, Planned Parenthood's sex toy e-tailer.
Limit caffeine and alcohol for better sexual experiences.
“Alcohol and caffeine should be consumed in moderation since both cause dehydration,” Ross add,
Stick to one morning cup of coffee, and try to limit intake to that. And you need roughly eight, 8-ounce glasses of water every single day to maintain proper hydration—and more if you're at the gym during the day.
If you’re not hydrated, ejaculation becomes a Herculean feat.
You know how your body is made of 60 percent water? Well, so is precum and semen. If your partner is having trouble experiencing orgasm, it may be because they are not drinking enough…yes, you guessed it…water.
“Pre-ejaculatory fluid and semen are both made up of primarily water, so being dehydrated can cause a more viscous consistency and make it more difficult to achieve ejaculation,” Deitch says.
Dehydration can affect sperm quality.
Yikes! Hydration is also a key element in the making and production of high-quality sperm.
“Being dehydrated can affect the quantity and quality of sperm production,” Ross explains. “Sperm lives in fluid within the testicles that makes up semen. When the body is dehydrated it can make the semen thicker affecting the quality and quantity of sperm.”
Don’t just sit there, drink up!