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Stuck in a rut in your relationship?  Is the honeymoon over? Are you experiencing the seven-year itch? Are the kids making so many demands on your time that all you want to do is collapse at night?

Here are some tips to help jump-start your sex life:

Better Sex: 1 Pretend you’ve just met

Remember the days of going out to clubs with your friends? How did it make you feel when someone came on to you with more than just a couple of sexual inuendos? Although you knew a one-night stand was wrong, you may have given in for the sheer excitement of it. Do the same thing at home. Pretend as if you’ve never met before. Conjure up memories from your past and begin some heavy flirting. Treating your mate like a perfect stranger sometimes takes the mundane out of what inhibits your sexual desires.

Better Sex: 2. Flirt with each other while you’re apart.

Instant messaging and text messaging are perfect mediums for heating things up when you are away from your partner.

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Better Sex: 3. Role play.

Role play. Be anything or anyone you want to be. Step out of your normal role in life and become as risque and naughty as you’ve always wanted to be and never had the guts to try. Sex is as much mental as it is physical, so placing yourself in a different mindset will definitely heighten the excitement.

Better Sex: 4. Get involved.

While it is healthy and normal to have separate interests, take interest in what each other does once in a while. Cheer him on at his Sunday pickup basketball game. Get him into your yoga class or book club.

Better Sex: 5. Break your routine.

Never have sex on Tuesdays? This week you do — with the lights on, in filmy lingerie and in a different position than the usual. Always watch Lost on Thursdays? This week, set the Tivo instead and take your mate on an impromptu date.

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