The smells, sweat, and even the funny sounds can suddenly seem erotically charged—to you, that is. In an Archives of Sexual Behavior study out this year, women who were aroused felt significantly less grossed out by things they normally might be freaked out by. But dudes' level of disgust stayed exactly the same, even in the heat of the moment. But what actually grosses a guy out in bed? The good news is sweating together can turn you both on. But instead of climbing into bed after a workout, try the shower together.
The problem comes when bad breath is chronic—in that case, it may actually act as a barrier to intimacy. You Lack Confidence in Bed Getty Images Acting skittish about stripping down, pushing him away when he goes down on you, or being totally silent in the sack are all signs of sexual insecurity—and big-time buzzkills for your guy too, says Lorraine.
Why is bedroom bravado so critical? If you happen to be in the minority of women who are totally cool with it, make sure your guy is on board too. But you should still give him a head's up.
We can hold off, or we can go for it. Twelve percent even said dirty talk is always part of sex. Going overboard without warning can be a turn-off. Talk about what works for both of you in bed before you step things up. In fact, a fishy smell is likely the most offensive to a man, since that part of your body is critical to the act.
Men may be wired to be repulsed too, since a smelly vagina can signal an infection. You Pee with the Door Open Getty Images Nothing breaks the post-coital glow faster than the sound of urine tinkling in the toilet for either sexes, that is! But men, especially, can be weird about the fact that the vaginal area serves several purposes, says Lorraine.
But a lot of people find down-there fluids to be really disgusting.