Have you ever wanted more from your sex life? Maybe a stronger sense of intimacy? If you say yes, you must follow proper sexual habits, especially after sex. It’s a good idea to figure out what you and your partner like in bed, but pay attention to what your health requires after you’re done. Even if you are tired, there are some things to avoid.
No matter how long you’ve been having sex, you’re bound to make some mistakes. People focus on the dos and don’ts of sex but don’t focus on the hairstyles and don’ts before and after sex.
After a deep and passionate experience with your partner, you may not realize the importance of some small things that can lead to serious health problems. Yes, we are discussing infections that can hit you right after sex. Ah!
We spoke to Dr. Sanjay Kumavat, consultant psychologist and sexologist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai, to find out what mistakes women should avoid after sex.
Dr. Kumavat says, “There are certain things that a woman should not do after sex, as these can affect her physical and mental health. “Take the time to develop healthy habits that ensure the best communication and intimacy with your sexual partner.”
You should also discuss big or uncomfortable things and prioritize your gynecological health. Here’s a list of things you should never do after sex.
Some common mistakes to avoid after sex:
1. Not emptying the bladder
During sex, bacteria can enter the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. This can increase your chance of infection. When you urinate, you expel those germs. So, cuddle with your partner, then go to the bathroom. If you’re a woman, wipe from front to back to avoid spreading bacteria.
2. Ignoring the pain
Moaning during and after sex is not always about pleasure. It can usually be reduced with abdominal breathing. Pain during and after intercourse can be caused by sexually transmitted infections, vaginismus, orgasm, endometriosis, deep penetration, fibroids, or emotional trauma. It is worth consulting a doctor if the pain persists and becomes unbearable.
3. Wearing tight underwear
There are many factors to consider for good vaginal health after sex. One of them goes commando! Using synthetic materials or tight underwear can irritate the moist skin of the thigh.
Throwing on the underwear after sex will relieve the heat and help prevent infections such as yeast infections and itching.
It’s usually a good idea to allow free drainage and air, as body fluids are high and friction spreads bacteria, so tight-fitting nightgowns or underwear should be avoided.
4. Not cleaning your vagina
Remember that your vagina cleans itself. Therefore, do not wash or clean with chemical-based soaps, which may increase the risk of infection. Wipe from front to back after sex to maintain vaginal pH balance. This will reduce the possibility of infection.
5. Taking a hot tub bath
Hugging in a hot tub can increase your chances of getting an infection. Hot water acts as a fertile ground for the development of bacteria. It is better to use a teaspoon of vinegar in warm water, which maintains the skin’s natural acidity and helps in cleansing.
You don’t need to get out of bed and take a shower right away. However, cleaning yourself gently after sex can protect men and women from urinary tract infections (UTIs). Wash around (not inside) your genitals with plain warm water.
You can try mild soaps, but if you have sensitive skin or already have an infection, they can dry out or irritate the area. Men with a foreskin should gently pull it back and wash it underneath.
6. Skipping contraceptives
If you use condoms, make sure they are intact. This will prevent unwanted pregnancy and infection. Also, if you use oral contraceptives, remember to remove your pill.
7. Ignore postcoital bleeding
Have you just finished having sex with your partner, and now you’re bleeding? Well, bleeding with pain from anywhere requires immediate attention, as it can occur from the vagina due to vaginal dryness and fibroids.
Final thoughts on avoiding things after sex
If it’s not about sex and you’re using sex toys to enjoy yourself. Remember to clean or wash your sex toys both before and after use. This will keep vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and UTIs at bay.