Interview with Tatyannah King, Sex Blogger, on Spicing Up Sex

Tatyannah King is an international speaker, sex educator & sex blogger. She is also a graduate student at Widener University studying Social Work and Human Sexuality. Her expertise on sex & relationships has been featured in various digital & print publications around the world. She ultimately plans to become a sex therapist to help both singles & couples with concerns surrounding sexual dysfunction & desire discrepancy. To read specifically about her sexual experiments she does to spice up her life, check out her latest posts on Buzzfeed!


’10 Ways to Spice Things Up in Bed!’ – we have seen this on countless magazine covers growing up! But what does ‘spicing things up’ really mean?

Spicing things up means adding novelty, adventure and variety. This can mean a variety of things. Spicing things up can include partaking in sexual activities that someone hasn’t done before, sexual activities at a new location, incorporating a different position, etc.

Why do you think spicing things up is important?

Spicing things up is important because over time, we naturally get into the habit of sticking to a typical routine when it comes to sex. It’s easy to go through life facing so much stress outside of the bedroom that you begin to put fresh, pleasurable experiences on the back burner. That’s why it’s good to shake things up every now and then, so there’s at least somewhat of an element of surprise.

Is it just folks in relationships who can spice up their sex life?

Not at all! Anyone regardless of their relationship status can spice up their sex life.

What might be some barriers to keeping things fresh – why might sex go a little ‘flat’?

If you’re trying something new, it’s fresh and exciting, but it still comes with a lack of experience, which can lead to more awkward moments than originally anticipated.

So, where do we start?

One thing I’ve noticed not only about couples, but people in general is that they’re more willing to communicate naturally when there’s a sense of anonymity. Because of this, I’m always an advocate for role-playing outside of a sexual context first to discuss desires. For example, if you’re watching a sexually charged movie then ask your partner how they feel about the sex scenes. Then proceed with pointing out the parts you’d like to replicate with them.

Any more tips?

Couples can use sex toys to experiment with edging, a form of teasing in which a person is stopped from reaching orgasm right when they’re on the edge. Not only does this allow more time to explore each other’s bodies, but it helps each other become more open to viewing sex toys as an accessory for longer-lasting sex.

Three most important things to remember when it comes to trying something new?

Relax. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to do what you think you “should” do to spice things up.
Get inspiration from others. Feel free to replicate sex challenges, sex scenes from Netflix shows or try new things based off sex bloggers write about online.
Have fun! This isn’t like a chore to scratch off your to-do list. It’s a time for exploration & fun!

Any recommended reading/watching/following/listening in relation to ‘spicing up’ sex?

I recommend reading a 2019 study called “Broadening your horizons: Self-expanding activities promote desire and satisfaction in established romantic relationships”. The researchers of the study used the self-expansion theory as inspiration for examining how novel activities with a long-term romantic partner can reignite feelings of passion from the early stages of a relationship.

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Firstly, let us start with what the session is not! I am not a practicing sex therapist, sexologist, medical professional, psychotherapist, psychologist, counsellor, or mental health professional. Therefore, I do not provide medical advice (although I may recommend that you seek guidance from a medical professional if appropriate) or a therapy service.

Sex & Relationships Education is a separate field to these professions, and I employ my own unique approach based on my qualifications, training, and experience. I hold an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy and a Masters degree in Health Promotion. I have over six years experience working as a Sex & Relationships Educator and have undergone continuous professional development and training. I also studied empathy education as a UNESCO scholar, which informs my approach. Details of my qualifications and training are available on my LinkedIn page – please see the ‘About’ page also!

Within a session, I offer a confidential and safe space for discussion of various issues relating to relationships and sexuality. I strive for a relaxed, informal vibe, where you can chat about something that you have been struggling with. I can offer a friendly and non-judgemental listening ear, suggestions on how you can approach your own personal situation, general information on the related topic(s) and details of relevant professionals, support services and organisations (usually in a follow-up email). I can accommodate sessions relating to many topics relating to relationships and sexuality – including but not limited to body image, sexual communication, consent and boundaries, protection, anatomy, vaginismus, porn, STIs and STI stigma, healthy and unhealthy relationships, gender and sexuality, pleasure, arousal, desire, infidelity, break-ups, dating, and more.  I want my clients to feel relaxed, comfortable, and free to talk without fear or shame, like they would with a very close friend!

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In a nutshell, you can contact me via the booking page on this site and request a booking. If I decide that a session with me would be a good fit for you, I will contact you and arrange a time and date!

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es! Confidentiality is essential to a service like this and I will do everything in my power on my end to protect it.

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