“Do long-haul flights ruin your libido?”

Doctor Zac Turn has revealed the surprising answer to a man’s honeymoon question: “Will flight economy ruin my libido?”

Welcome to Ask Doctor Zac, a weekly column from news.com.au. This week, Dr. Zac Turner shares how to keep your libido intact during your honeymoon.

ASK: Hi Dr Zac, I’m about to get married! eeek! My partner in crime and I booked a honeymoon in Europe, and we couldn’t be more excited!

However, we hit a small bump leading up to our honeymoon, as my “know it all” aunt told me that long-haul flights ruin your libido. She insisted that we fly business class so we can stay comfortable and leave the airport ready to “consecrate the wedding.” But business class is sooo expensive.

Is this true – or is it an old woman’s tail? Is our 24-hour flight going to turn us into nuns? What can we do to keep our libido intact during our honeymoon? Troy, 28, Sydney

ANSWERS: Hi Troy, good question. A survey was conducted comparing the experiences of business class and economy travelers and how they felt after that in the first few days of their vacation. Results of the survey showed that those in the business class were more energetic, happier and had a higher libido after their flight.

The factor that distinguished the two sets of factors was stress. Those in economy class had higher levels of anxiety when travelling, and for obvious reasons, business people were calmer.

Many people in the run-up to their long-haul flight will stress themselves about getting through the airport, customs and whether they will be comfortable on the plane. This causes a build-up of stress, which will not make them feel as good when they land at their destination.

Luckily you don’t have to spend a fortune for business class as there are ways to survive cattle class without hitting your mojo.

There are a few reasons why we feel stressed when we trip† First, we increase our anxiety levels as we build the long-haul flight experience. Second, airplanes have lower oxygen levels to cut costs — so our bodies feel uncomfortable working with less oxygen in the air.

When these two factors are combined, they activate the flight or fight mechanism of our body. In addition, hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and epinephrine are released that lower testosterone and that has a direct effect on libido and even sexual function.

Here are some ways to combat the stress of long-haul flights so you can walk off the plane “ready to mess around”:

Keep your head in the game

Libido is 98 percent mental and 2 percent physical. I recommend that you reduce your decreased libido with meditation and mantras. From the moment you buy your plane tickets, repeat mantras in your head when you’re stressed about the upcoming flight. These could be phrases like ‘I’m going to enjoy my vacation’. You should also meditate on the flight and repeat the same mantras while imagining yourself relaxing on vacation. I promise you will jump out of the plane as calm as anything. if you are new meditation – try reading my previous column on this topic.

Provide enough distraction

What is your favorite activity that helps reduce your anxiety? For some people, video games and movies provide a visual distraction to pass the time. Others find comfort in quiet activities, such as books and puzzles. Whatever your distraction, consider taking it with you on the go. Fun distractions can help keep negative thoughts away and give you something positive to focus on instead.

Limit your alcohol consumption during the flight

There’s nothing wrong with toasting a glass of champagne to your new groom on a flight to Europedon’t overdo it though. Alcohol your body will dry out considerably in the air, and this will cause more stress. And you know what that means – say goodbye to your libido upon arrival. If you drink anything, follow it up with two glasses of water.

Look for the positive sides of travel

Exploring new experiences, cultures and cuisines is a great way to broaden your worldview. Before you travel, it can be helpful to write down all the positive experiences you hope to have while traveling. Keep this list with you as you travel and refer to it during moments of anxiety.

Troy, have the best time with your wife in Europe. Remember to stay happy and positive and not think too much about your long haul flight. Remember that the flight is part of your holiday, so have fun with it!

Do this when you land

Have you noticed that when you fly for an extended period of time, your legs swell? That’s because there’s less oxygen in the air, your increased anxiety, and your lack of exercise. This causes the blood vessels in your legs to widen as the blood redistributes from other parts of your body. This includes narrowing of smooth muscle vessels in other parts of the body, such as those that supply our genitals.

This means less oxygen is pumped through your body, along with a decreased ability to get where it needs to go. If you do the following, it can have the same effect for many as having a Viagra!

Mid-flight – find some space and do a few air squats to increase circulation.

And as soon as you land a hot shower followed by a cold shower. This ensures that the oxygen-rich blood starts pumping through your body again. It also gets your blood vessels going and tightening in your feet and opening up around your ‘bits’. Bonus points if you also take a brisk walk and explore your new surroundings.

These are surefire ways to bring the oxygen in the blood back to pre-flight levels. And you know what that means.

Do you have a question: askdrzac@conciergedoctors.com.au

Dr Zac Turner holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney. He is both a doctor and co-owner of telecare, Concierge doctors† He was also a registered nurse and is also a qualified and experienced biomedical scientist and a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering.

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