While we find a lot of information about having sex with a keen interest in it, we often do not talk about the DOs and DON'Ts after you are done having sex. In our bid to promote better sexual health, we have collated a list of things to take care of once you are done:
It's not necessary to jump out of bed and head straight for the shower. However, after sex, both sexes can benefit from a gentle self-cleanse to avoid infections like urinary tract infections (UTIs). Use plain, warm water to wash the region around your genitalia, avoiding the inside. You can try mild soaps, but they might dry out or irritate the area if you have sensitive skin or an infection already. Men should gently pull back their foreskin and wash it from below. Women should make sure that none of the soap goes inside the vagina - that is a big no no as it can actually do more harm than good.
Have A Good Pee
Your urethra, the tube that removes urine from your body, can become contaminated with bacteria during sex. Your chances of getting sick are increased by this. You eliminate those germs when you urinate. So take some cuddling time with your partner and then head towards the restroom. In order to prevent the spread of bacteria, women should wipe from front to back.
Have Some Water
Don't forget to drink water because it's as good an idea as to urinate after rolling in the hay. Staying hydrated causes you to urinate more, which flushes more bacteria from your body before infections develop. Sex can often be a tiring activity as well with some people sweating a lot, so rehydrating can help you regain all that lost strength and energy.
Clean Up Your Hands
That is crucial in preventing the spread of infections. Make it a part of your post-sex cleanup routine to wash your hands with soap and water. Your hands may end up in a lot of weird places during sex. While it is perfectly fine in the heat of the moment, you do not want to catch anything odd by being too reckless.
Decide If You Should Get A Test
It's a good idea to get tested for STDs if you engage in casual sexual activity, especially if you recently started dating someone. Testing is the only way to definitively determine if you have one of these infections because they frequently have no symptoms. Additionally, keep an eye out for symptoms such as discharge, pain, blisters, sores, spots, or lumps in the area of your genitalia.
Make this a part of your sexual routine, and we promise you will be doing your body a favour!