WHAT YOUR POST-SEXUAL ROUTINE AND CLEAN-UP SHOULD LOOK LIKE
Do you also feel the need to immediately clean yourself out right after a sexual intercourse?
Well, not only does it happen with most of us, but is very essential to our intimate health too. However, knowing facts from myths about our sexual organs will help us maintain proper hygiene and save us from the risk of future infections.
Like mentioned before in one of our articles, the vagina knows how to clean itself. Even if there is sperm within, the vagina is fully capable of cleaning itself completely. That’s why using products for cleaning up, without much knowledge, may not be the wisest thing to do.
We need to understand that the vagina is a magnificent biological machine, and there is no reason to mess with it or the bacteria that live inside it, with soaps, sprays, or other products, disturbing its natural equilibrium.
Sticking to rinsing the vulva and allowing the vagina to clean itself is the best approach. If you’re worried about stains, keep unscented baby wipes handy.
However, a gentle rinse is good if you’re prone to irritation, urinary tract infections (UTIs), or yeast infections. Washing the vulva gently with warm water is also a good idea.
- Peeing immediately after sex
During sex, bacteria can enter your urethra, the tube that transports pee out of your body. This can increase your chances of contracting an infection. You flush those bacteria out when you pee. So spend some time cuddling with your partner before heading to the loo. While cleaning up, wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from spreading.
- Pour yourself a glass of water
Don’t forget to drink water after the intercourse. You’ll pee more if you stay hydrated, which means more bacteria will be washed out of your system before infections spread.
- Dress in loose-fitting clothes
Bacteria and yeast thrive in hot, humid environments. Wear breathable undergarments and clothing. Tight pantyhose, girdles, and panties should be avoided by women. Get your hands on cotton underwear because it is airy and absorbent. Alternatively, you can go to bed without wearing underpants too.
- Wash your hands
It’s the most effective approach to prevent bacteria from contacting your or your partner’s genitals. This is crucial in stopping the spread of infections. Make it a part of your post-sex clean-up routine to wash your hands with soap and water.
- Take extra care of yeast infections if you have them
Yeast infections affect both men and women. During an intercourse, partners might pass them to each other. So, if you detect any signs of itching, burning, or a thick, white discharge from the vagina, take care of it before you get busy again. If you suspect you have one, consult your doctor or seek immediate help.
- Consider getting tested
Even though most of us fret,it’s a wise idea to get tested for STDs if you’re sexually active, especially if you’ve been with a new partner. A lot of these infections have no symptoms, the only way to know for sure whether you have one is to get tested. Symptoms like discharge, soreness, blisters, sores, patches, or lumps around your genitals can also be looked for.
- Sex during pregnancy
While sex is normally safe during pregnancy, you are more susceptible to illnesses like UTIs. So, it’s even more crucial to take care of the fundamentals after sex: pee, wash around your vaginal area, and drink plenty of water. Encourage your spouse or partner to follow your lead.
- Keep these items in your bedroom for a stress-free sex experience
- Towels- place them on the bed (or whatever surface you’re having sex on) to prevent stains from sweat or other bodily fluids.
- Baby wipes that aren’t perfumed- excellent for cleaning the body after sex and removing any bodily secretions.
- Protective mattress covers- mattress protectors can act as a barrier to prevent sweat or other bodily fluids from leaking through the sheets and into your mattress.
- Body spray or deodorant if you’re worried about sweating- having deodorant or body spray on hand will help you get rid of any lingering odours. But remember to not put it on your genitals.
Adopting proper post-sex hygiene routine can help a person feel more fresh, confident, relaxed and reduce the chance of infections.
To limit the risk of infections on sex toys, it is extremely vital to clean them. So, it is important to remember that after having sex, a whole-body shower maybe unnecessary. While you enjoy and spend some intimate time with your partner, don’t forget to follow these points mentioned above.
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