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Looking out for those sexy signs

Looking out for those sexy signs | Jo Divine

Many men will tell their friends if they got lucky the previous evening, but women are much harder to read and don’t tend to brag about their conquests.

However there are genuine signs, both physical and psychological, which you can look for to see if she has recently enjoyed sex!

She’s in a happy mood

Often, the big smile or secretive little grin is a tell-tale sign after a night of passion. Most people, both men and women, feel happier after spending some time under the sheets. Having satisfying sex is paramount to overall happiness and well being.

Research by the University of Colorado, Boulder surveyed 15,000 people about their sexual activity, and found that those who reported having sex 2-3 times a week were 55% more likely to report a higher level of happiness than respondents who had infrequent sex.

We become even more happier if we believe that we are having more sex than our peers.

Her skin is glowing

Sex is really good for your skin and that “after sex glow” is no myth. Having sex boosts the immune system and increases the circulation which triggers the sexual flush. Sweating also creates that dewy complexion too.

The increased blood flow to all areas of your body creates that slightly flushed face indicating better health, higher oestrogen levels and attractiveness according to a report from The University of St Andrews.

Research conducted in 2013 by Dr David Weeks, a British consultant clinical psychologist and former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, found that regular sex can make you look younger – and that older women and women with an active sex life can appear 5-7 years younger than their actual age.

She’s had a great night’s sleep

Many of us enjoy a better night’s sleep when we’ve had sex. Sex boosts the production of oxytocin (which increases bonding between you and your partner) and decreases the production of cortisol (which induces stress). These hormonal changes leave your body in a relaxed state, making it easier for you to fall asleep.

When a woman orgasms, she also produces 30% more prolactin, a hormone which causes drowsiness and encourages deep REM sleep, the type of sleep we enjoy after reporting a good nights sleep.

She seems less needy

Having sex and orgasms boosts levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone,which helps people bond and build trust, satisfying a woman’s “bonding needs”.

In a study of 59 women, researchers checked their oxytocin levels before and after the women hugged their partners. The women had higher oxytocin levels if they had more physical contact with their partner.

Higher oxytocin levels have been linked with a feeling of generosity.

Oxytocin also enables a woman to clarify social situations, therefore those over analysis of behaviour and actions situations, which can benefit relationships.

You fancy her more

The more sex a woman has, the more sex pheromones she releases. These are the chemical messengers designed to stimulate your sense of smell and attract the opposite sex. A review in the Journal of Advanced Research found that pheromones increase arousal and mood in the opposite sex.

According to James Kohl, the foremost internationally known authority on human pheromones, “The chemical signals we send have a direct effect on hormone levels in other people.”

However, spraying yourself with artificial pheromones isn’t likely to get you a mate if they are not attracted to you in the first place.

“Simply put,” he concedes, “pheromones don’t create desire, they merely enhance it.”