If we didn’t know better, getting caught up in the natural aftermath of sex would be all warm cuddles, falling asleep, and drifting off into relaxation like cherubs on a cloud, thankfully, we do know better, and there are some established do’s on how to make sure that you protect and adequately clean your body after a sexual experience.
Healthy post-sex practices are part of sexual wellness, which is important for both partners if you want to establish a safe, healthy connection.
1. Make Sure You Pee
Bacteria can find its way into your urethra during sex, raising your odds of contracting an infection. Make sure to empty your bladder after sex to send any harmful bacteria on its way. Always wipe from front to back.
2. Drink Water
You don’t need to chug a gallon, but drink a quick glass to keep the fluids running and flush anything that could potentially cause infection or disruption to health. Some research suggests that it can even help to prevent erectile dysfunction that can occur from dehydration.
3. Wash Up
Make sure to practice the utmost hygiene following any sexual experience. Getting into the habit of cleansing thoroughly after sex is your way to protect yourself from infection, disease, and discomfort. Take extra care in washing your hands, genitals, and toys if applicable. Use warm water and antibacterial, fragrance-less soap.
4. Avoid Tight Clothes
Hot and steamy are fun adjectives, but they also describe the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Go for loose-fitting, breathable clothes that don’t cling to your body. Between clothing and bedsheets, a moist area combined with body heat is what adds a risk of infection.
Survey your body post-sex for any irregularities. Ensure that no bleeding or pain is occurring, which may be a sign of trauma to the genitals or underlying disease. Check for any skin irritations. Lastly, if you used a condom, make sure that the condom is fully intact and disposed of. A broken condom raises the risk of contracting an STD, as well as pregnancy. A condom partly or fully stuck in the vagina may cause infection.
Part of having an amazing sex life is following effective hygiene and habits both during and after sex. Always make sure to pay attention to the risks, and even if you’re caught up in the moment, catch up with self-care.