Clearly, the state of our sex lives can have a major impact on our physical and mental health. Good sex can improve our mood, our connection with our partner both in and out of the bedroom, and how we handle stress. It can also be a decent workout and may even ward off prostate cancer and lower blood pressure. On the other hand, sexual problems can be indicative of — and intensify —health woes. This influential relationship between sex and overall wellbeing means that putting a little extra time into having the healthiest sex life possible is effort that can pay off big. Where to start? Try these tips, featuring advice from Melissa Jones, sexologist and executive director of the Sexology Institute and Boutique.