WHILE you may be at your most relaxed post-sex, there are few things that you should never do straight after a passionate liaison.
A passionate adventure can cause vaginal tissues to become swollen and more likely to become infected in the aftermath – so ladies, it’s time to watch what you get up to after doing the deed.
Making love is not just about the physical intimacy, but also about the actions before and after the act. Your behavior means a lot to your partner and also to your health. Here are five things the doctors advised you should not do after sex.
1. Soaping up
While you may feel the need to ‘freshen’ up after doing the deed – make sure you don’t use soap. Lathering up your nether-regions will soapy products can cause irritation and you may even experience an allergic reaction.
When the vaginal tissues have been lubricated, swollen, and rubbed against during intercourse, it changes how that tissue reacts to the environment.Primarily, you run a much greater risk of infection.The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, and needs to be treated very, very gently—if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, you shouldn’t put it in or around your vagina
2. Use the Bathroom—but Only If You Actually Have to Pee
You’ve probably heard that heading to the toilet pronto after s3x will help you avoid a urinary tract infection (UTI) because it rinses away E. coli bacteria that may have moved toward your urethra during s3x. (One in five women deal with the uncomfortable infection at least once in their lives. But peeing ASAP as protection is largely a myth, says Lauren Streicher, MD, a clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. She also notes that no large studies have shown it to have protective benefits. So if you don’t need to pee right after intercourse, don’t rush to the bathroom—waiting until you actually have to go, whether it’s 20 minutes or an hour later, won’t up your risk of a UTI, says Streicher. Instead, stay in bed and follow the next tip.
3. Make Note of Discomfort That’s Normal and Discomfort That’s Not
Sometimes pain happens during s3x. The two primary discomforts you might notice once in a while, Streicher says, are pain from being too dry down there and a deeper sensation that could be caused by issues including constipation, a muscle spasm or your partner hitting one of your ovaries (which is more likely if you’re ovulating, as it temporarily increases the size of the ovary). However, discomfort every time or most times you have s3x is not normal, especially if the feeling lasts for a few hours and is not commensurate with how, ahem, vigorous the s3x was. If that happens, talk to your doctor, as it could be a sign of a more serious issue like ovarian cysts, fibroid, endometriosis or, more rarely, gynecologic cancers.
4. Sleep in s3xy lingerie
Cotton lingerie is OK because it is breathable, but nylon rayon or polyester skivvies is a no-no. This is because, after s3x, the skin tends to be warm and damp thanks to perspiration, vaginal secretion and semen. Most s3xy lingerie is made with synthetic fiber. Synthetic underwear traps the moisture and you run the risk of a yeast infection. The vagina like to air out. So go nud3, or wear cotton.
5, Swipe flush able wet wipes
If you are sensitive to chemicals like alcohol, glycerin, scents and certain oils, using a flush-able wet wipe after s3x can cause irritation. The signs include redness, swelling, itching and tenderness.
If you want to use something other than toilet paper, try making your own wipe with warm water and vinegar. Mix one teaspoon of vinegar with a 4 cups of water pour some of the mixture in a washcloth and use it to wipe your vulva over the toilet and pat dry.