Sex is one of the most amazing things in the world, and it can also be one of the messiest. Sex is a breeding ground for both pleasure and bacteria — but thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take in order to keep yourself as healthy as possible following a sexual encounter.
Unfortunately, a lot of things can distract us in the moments immediately following sexual intercourse, and we sometimes forget to do certain things to take care of ourselves.
From not checking the condom to not cleaning sex toys, here are some of the big mistakes we make after sex. Keep reading to learn more and to make sure you are being as careful as possible post-sex.
- Not Peeing After Sex (Especially If You Are Prone To UTIs): This isn’t to say that you immediately have to run to the nearest toilet as soon as you and your partner finish. But if you know you have to pee, then it’s really not smart to hold your urine, even if you’re exhausted. And even if you don’t think you have to pee, you should at least try. Why? Because urinating after sex is one of the best ways to prevent a UTI, which is a very common post-coital health issue. Urinating soon after sex helps your body wash away the bacteria that could contribute to a UTI.
- Not Washing Your Genitals (Or Taking A Full Shower): This is pretty simple – just take a quick trip to the bathroom at some point to wash off your genitals. Aside from urinating after sex, showering or washing off is helpful for those prone to infection. And UTIs aren’t the only infections that can develop for some women after sex – yeast infections and other bacterial infections can happen in some women. But cleaning up after sex will leave you feeling more comfortable and showering with your partner can make it even more fun!
- Not Washing Away Any Lube Or Spermicide: Make sure to think about your individual body. Do you have a sensitivity to latex or to certain chemicals in lubes? It is especially important that you remember to wash up. For those women who are sensitive to condoms, spermicide, or lubricant, washing may be beneficial. Your sensitivity or allergy may require more than washing up, but there is no harm in taking this extra precaution before you know what your body needs
- Not Checking The Condom: While condoms are 98 percent effective when used perfectly, they can also break. If you and your partner are using condoms, you should always double check the condom for breaks after sex. That way, you can make sure to do whatever you need in case the condom failed, whether that is getting an STD test or using emergency contraception.
- Ignoring Soreness: It is great that you and your partner are greatly attracted to each other and have a fabulous time in the bedroom. But if you are feeling sore, don’t try to convince yourself that you can handle another round. Not only will you feel discomfort for longer than necessary, but having sex too many times can cause painful little tears on your vaginal wall.
- Not Cleaning Sex Toys: If you incorporate sex toys into your routine but don’t clean them after use, you may give yourself a yeast infection (or another bacterial infection) the next time you use them. Bacteria naturally builds up on the toys, so just remember to clean them regularly with a specialty cleaner!
- Not Getting Tested And/Or Ignoring Potential Infection Symptoms: We tend to be so afraid of getting STD tests, but getting an STD test will either quell all your fears, help you cure an infection, or help you protect yourself and your partner during all future encounters.
So…what are some of the post-sex mistakes that you might be making?