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What You Should, And Shouldn’t Do After Having Sex

After Sex Dos and Don’ts

There are are many thing that people say about after sex hygiene. Well, let us have a look at some of the dos and don’ts according to WebMD.com.

Wash

It does not mean that you need to jump out of bed immediately. A gentle clean after sex can help protect both men and women from certain infection such as UTIs. The wash should be around the genitals (not inside) and it should be with plain warm water. Men with foreskin need to pull it back and wash. Mild soap can be used but should be avoided if there is skin sensitivity.

Avoid Douching

As stated, cleaning inside the genitals is not a good idea. Douching has been found to cause more infections than protect. This is because a douche causes bacterial imbalance in the vagina. The vagina has a natural cleansing process and leaving it alone is the best way to take care of it. Always remember that a mild smell is normal and does not signify an infection or problem.

Clean And Simple Is The Way To Go

Apart from the douche, there are many other cleansing products found at the drug store. Most of these contain harsh lotions, perfumes, shampoos, and detergents that can damage your skin. A simple warm water rinse after sex is the best. If you get infections often, avoid scented pads, tampons, sprays, and powders.

Pee

During sex, there is a chance that bacteria can get inside your urethra and increase the risk of an infection. Peeing after sex can help flush out some of these germs. For women, a front to back wipe will help prevent bacteria spread.

Stay Hydrated

We have established that it is a good idea to pee after sex. Staying hydrated will help you pee more and facilitate the elimination of bacteria in the urethra.

Go For Loose-Fitting Clothes

Bacteria loves hot and sweaty areas because they thrive better there. Wearing clothes that are lose and let in air will discourage bacteria and protect you from infections. Women should avoid tight panties, girdle and pantyhose. You can wear loose-fitting cotton undies or skip them altogether when in bed.

Wash Your Hands

You can pick up bacteria with your hands when you touch his or her genitals. Wash your hands with soap after sex to eliminate bacteria you might have picked up.

Keep The Sex Toys Clean

After using your sex toys, you should clean them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Fungi, bacteria and virus can hang around and cause infections and re-infections. Using the sex toys with new condoms every time is a good idea.

Address Yeast Infections Immediately

Get any yeast infection cases medically dealt with as soon as you notice. Make sure you and your partner get treated simultaneously to avoid back and forth infections.

Get Tested

If you are a sexually active person, it is a good idea to get tested especially before getting into a new sexual relationship. There are many infections that will not have symptoms but will still be transmitted.

Take Extra Care If You Are Pregnant

Sex is safe during sex but pregnant women are more susceptible to infections such as urinary tract infections. This make sit important to be extra careful after sex. Pee after sex, wash around the vagina and stay hydrated.

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