When you and your partner live hundreds to thousands of miles apart, it’s a lot harder to satisfy that desire for sex and get that real powerful hit of intimacy than it would be if you lived in the same house (or within driving distance, at least). But some couples don’t have that luxury, for whatever reasons and still need to find ways to show some physical affection. Those in long-distance relationships know all about this struggle — and kudos to you for making it work, as we all know how hard LDRs can be.
Because look, distance can make the heart grow fonder but it can also make your body grow desperate. While phone calls and video chats and dirty texts can satisfy a lot of that need, sometimes you need ways to keep the sexy, steamy parts of your dynamic alive when you can’t actually hold each other (and do other things) as much as you want to. You and your one and only have already figured out how to keep the relationship going, but you might still be due for an overhaul of your LDR sex life.
From sex toys, to games to yes, LDR maintenance sex, here’s our advice (and product recs) for keeping your long distance love happy and hot.
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A version of this story was published November 2017.