Knowing and maintaining good sexual hygiene is an important part of having sexual intercourse. It helps in reducing the risk of several infections and improves your overall health as well. However, only some people are aware of post sex hygiene habits, which can help in protecting both men and women from infections such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), which is more common in women. There are high chances that you and your partner might just want to lie or fall asleep after sexual intercourse, but you shouldn't let hygiene become a problem for your body. Additionally, you should also talk to your doctor if you notice any discomfort and irritation that is not normal or continues more after sexual intercourse. This will help you in diagnosing any underlying medical problems or infections. Onlymyhealth editorial team talked to Dr. Neema Sharma, Director, Obstetrics And Gynaecology, Fortis and a Patron of SeekMed, about some useful post sex hygeine tips in women.
Post sex hygiene tips for women
Knowing and adopting good post-sex hygiene habits can reduce the risk of infections and make an individual feel better. It is especially important to clean anything used while having sexual intercourse to reduce the risk of pathogens and bacteria on these items. Some other post-sex hygiene habits include cleaning up after sex or when trying to conceive. According to Dr. Neema, here are 6 important post hygiene tips for women:
1. Wash and clean gently
Gently cleaning yourself post sex with normal water or a dry towel can protect both men and women from infections, realtors to the urinary tract (UTIs). Wash the area around your genitals and not inside with plain warm water. And, women should surely follow this post sex hygiene tip.
2. Don't use products
Many medical stores have post sexual hygiene products such as wipes, creams, and sprays to freshen up your private parts. Some of these products are made up of harsh soaps, detergents, shampoos, perfumes, or lotions that can make your skin infectious or dry. Just make a rule that you have to gently wash with only warm water after sex. You should also avoid scented tampons, pads, powders, and sprays, especially if you tend to get infections.
While having sex, bacteria can get into your urethra, and make the tube responsible for releasing urine, infectious. This can increase your risk of an having an infection. Through urinating post sex, you can flush the bacteria out, and protect yourself from infections. So, enjoy some cuddle time with your partner, then visit the washroom to pee. In women, it is also important to remember that you have to wipe from front to back to avoid bacterial infections.
4. Wear lose clothes
Hot and sweaty areas are a friend for bacteria and yeast to stay. Therefore, you should wear undies and other clothes that let air in. Women should avoid pantyhose, and panties that are too tight. Cotton undies are good for both men and women for post sex hygiene. They are breathable and absorb moisture. You can even not wear underwear at all when you go to bed.
5. Do not clean from the inside
Some women think that they need to clean inside their vagina after sex with water or prepackaged fluids, but that's not true. Cleaning it from the inside can lead to more infections. This happens because it interferes with the natural balance of bacteria that protect your vagina. The best way to take care of your vagina after sex is to let it cleans itself naturally from the inside. In fact, do not worry if there is a little smell as it is completely normal and nothing to worry about.
6. Drink a glass of water and wash your hands
While it is a healthy habit to go pee after sexual intercourse, it is also important to drink water. Keep yourself hydrated, which will increase the times you urinate, hence less chances of any bacterial infections. Before drinking water, make sure that you have washed your hands properly. You don't want to transfer bacteria to your genital areas during or after sex. Therefore, it is important to keep your hands clean all the time.
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