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While new couples tend to have little trouble passing time in the bedroom, it’s not uncommon to lose some of that interest in sex as time goes on. (There’s Netflix to binge-watch, after all.) While there are a lot of factors that can play into having a lower libido, many of those reasons aren’t at all physical.

In a new survey, researchers collected data from more than 11,000 people in the U.K., and 34 percent of women and 15 percent of men admitted they had no interest in sex for at least a three-month period during the year. And, one of the reasons was because they found it difficult to talk about sex with their partner.

Researchers found that a lack of emotional closeness can drastically impact a couple’s time between the sheets. But simply talking about something so sensitive with a partner can turn a low libido around, not only making the couple feel more comfortable but also much closer.

“Open communication about sex with partners is linked with a reduced likelihood of having low sexual interest.”

“Our findings suggest that open communication about sex with partners is linked with a reduced likelihood of having low sexual interest,” Cynthia Graham, PhD, told Health. “So if someone is experiencing low sexual interest, this might be a good place to start.”

It’s time to take heed from the sage advice of Salt-N-Pepa: Let’s talk about sex, baby—especially since doing so is likely to lead to good things in—and out of—the bedroom.

Believe it or not, “sex hangovers” are real—and they’re great for your relationship. And once you’re in recovery, eat these foods to prepare for round two.