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In the Bedroom1 of 10
By Natasha Burton
Sometimes, sex can be anything but sexy—the awkward, often graceless maneuvering, the unexpected interruptions, the inevitable noises. But before you let another minor glitch ruin the mood—and your mojo, take a tip from some seasoned "sexperts" on how to bounce back from even the most embarrassing moments.
Did You Hear That?2 of 10
The situation: One of you makes an embarrassing noise.
How to recover: Sex and relationship expert Emily Morse, host of Sex With Emily on Sirius Radio, says your first line of defense should be to ignore it. "If that's impossible, just smile and laugh," she says. "You're being intimate with your partner; bodily sounds come with the territory."
Hot Topic3 of 10
The situation: His dirty talk goes from rated-R to triple-X.
How to recover: Sexuality counselor Ian Kerner, Ph.D., author of She Comes First, says it's important to understand that, as a guy gets increasingly aroused, his inhibitions will lower and he may say some surprising things in the heat of the moment. If something he says really bothers you, address it with your partner—post-intimacy.
I Tumble for You4 of 10
The situation: You fall off the bed mid-romp.
How to recover: Provided you're not injured, Morse suggests lightening the moment with a quick quip like, Wow, you're really rocking my world! and then getting back into the action.
Burn, Baby, Burn5 of 10
The situation: Your attempt to "spice things up" backfires when your new lube makes things way too hot down below.
How to recover: Morse says that couples should be rewarded for trying something new in the bedroom, no matter how these forays into uncharted territory play out. And now you have the perfect excuse to hop into the shower together.
The Name Game6 of 10
The situation: In the heat of the moment, one of you calls out the wrong name.
How to recover: Kerner says this can happen to anybody, especially if you're in a new relationship—it's simply a function of habit. However, if your guy calls out a name that's just totally stunning, like your sister or best friend—neither of whom are his ex—then it's worth a conversation.
Hair-um Scarum7 of 10
The situation: You're about to get busy with a new partner and suddenly realize you haven't lady-scaped in months.
How to recover: The truth is that in the heat of the moment, most guys won't even notice. "However, it's understandable to feel the need to defend the state of your 'territory,' so you can say something to the effect of, Hope you can appreciate a natural woman!"
Minute Man8 of 10
The situation: He climaxes right away.
How to recover: Morse says that, since this scenario is so common, it's best to just let it go—especially if it's just a one-off situation. If he's a good partner, he won't let his premature pleasure get in the way of still satisfying you.
Sleep On It9 of 10
The situation: One of you dozes off mid-act.
How to recover: Don't read too much into this, Kerner says. It's usually not an indication of boredom. Sex can be very relaxing, particularly for women, because it activates certain hormones that can induce sleep. Have a sense of humor about it and realize that if you're a new parent or working long hours, "exhaustion can simply take over," he says.
You've Got Company10 of 10
The situation: "Mommy? I had a bad dream."
How to recover: You probably did it to your parents and you turned out OK, right? Try not to make a big deal of it—simply cover up and put the little one back to bed. Then, if you can, pick up where you left off, Kerner advises.