Your private parts can be extremely sensitive after being physically intimate, making you more prone to developing medical issues.
Sexual intimacy is an integral part of any relationship. But it's crucial to do it the right way.
Your vagina is extremely vulnerable to health issues, especially after sex. "When the vaginal tissues have been lubricated, swollen, and rubbed against during intercourse, it changes how that tissue reacts to the environment," said Kansas-based gynecologist Leslie E. F. Page, M.D, according to Women's Health. "Primarily, you run a much greater risk of infection."
There are certain mistakes that people tend to make and this could be increasing the risk of medical issues. When it comes to sexual health, make sure you avoid these mistakes.
Emptying your bladder before intercourse might not be the best idea, but peeing after intercourse is crucial for your health. If you pee before sex, it is believed to be "the No.1 cause of post-coital urinary tract infections, also known as honeymoon cystitis," according to urologist David Kaufman, who spoke to Yahoo Health.
Make sure that you pee after sex to dislodge and get rid of all the bacteria that may have worked its way up during sex. If you're concerned about not having an empty bladder during sex, "some women report that they actually have better orgasms with a full bladder," said Sheryl Ross, an OB-GYN and women’s health specialist.
The moment you notice something different after sex, it's best to get to the bottom of it, especially if it's something like bleeding or discharge that you don't normally see or any kind of pain that you don't typically experience. It could even be an indication of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or other medical conditions.
"Pain, discharge, and bleeding after sex can have many causes such as vaginal trauma or infections," said OB-GYNs, Dr. Allison Hill, and Dr. Yvonne Bohn, according to Insider.
When you wipe the area, it's extremely crucial that you do it from front to back, so that you don't allow bacteria to spread, or go from your rectum to your vagina. Dr. Hill and Dr. Bohn said that it's best to "wipe from front to back so that you don't contaminate the vagina with bacteria from the rectum, which could ultimately lead to a UTI."
If you and your partner use lubricants, make sure to pick one that does not contain glycerin, because "Glycerin is a metabolic byproduct of sugar, which can serve as food source for microbes," said OB-GYN, Jamil Abdur-Rahman, according to Self. You might also want to avoid Nonoxynol-9 because it "can kill both good and bad bacteria [in the vagina]," said OB-GYN Sarah Yamaguchi. For better vaginal health and to reduce any medical risk, you can skim through the ingredients and avoid using lubricants with propylene glycol, parabens, and chlorhexidine gluconate.
If you use sex toys, make sure to regularly clean them. "Women and men who use toys that are not properly cleaned and stored can spread infection and bacteria as well. Don't share toys, wash them thoroughly and with the proper products, and store them in a protective bag or case," psychologist, Nicole Martinez told Bustle.
While being physically intimate, STDs can be passed on orally as well. And when you use electric toothbrushes or alcohol-based mouthwashes, it might increase your risk. "Similar to sensitive vaginal mucosa, spinning bristles can cause tiny tears in the gums, and harsh, alcohol-based mouthwashes can dry out and irritate your mucosa, making it prone to sores and contracting STDs," said Tsippora Shainhouse, board-certified dermatologist, according to Health24.
After intercourse, it's important to clean your vagina but keep your cleaning regime simple with products that are gentle and free of harmful chemicals. "Keeping the vagina clean is important to do after having sex. Cleaning the vagina after sex helps avoid future infections that can occur after having sexual contact," said women's health expert and author of She-ology, Dr. Sherry A. Ross. She also added, "If you are able to take a bath or shower after having sex this helps reduce yeast or bacterial infections."