Maintaining good postcoital (after sex) hygiene for a long time can help prevent infections and germs that can cause serious health problems.
You might want to skip this part and go straight to bed, but that window after sex is when you want to take steps to prevent any unwanted bacteria from growing, especially in hard-to-reach areas.
There are many things you can do to clean up, but here are the most important on your to-do list.
- PEE EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO
Foreign molecules, including bacteria, can easily enter the urethra and urethra during sexual intercourse, putting you at risk for urinary tract infections.
The best way to get rid of these harmful invaders is to pee, even if you don’t feel like it.
If you really don’t have anything to pee, drink a glass of water, have a brief but romantic hug, and then use the bathroom.
If you still need more time, there are other things you can consider first when cleaning.
- WASH YOURSELF
A full shower will take care of most of the post-coital cleaning checklist.
Avoid using water that is too hot or too cold, as your private parts will still be sensitive from your intimate activities.
Use mild soap. No extra perfumes or even feminine washes that can mess up your vaginal pH.
Many products can be found at the drugstore to help keep you “fresh”.
These include wipes and sprays made with harsh chemicals such as detergents, perfumes, and oils that are not good for your skin and can cause rashes and other skin problems. Also, avoid using scented pads and tampons.
If you haven’t fully showered, rinse gently with warm water or wipe down any areas of your body that may be exposed to germs with a clean wet towel.
- RINSE THE MOUTH
Also, rinse with mouthwash to kill germs and bacteria in the mouth.
Enjoy the preliminaries, but don’t forget to clean up afterwards. Some sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, can also occur in the mouth.
Mouthwashes in particular are most effective in killing bacteria for this purpose.
Brushing your teeth can transfer bacteria to your toothbrush, which you obviously don’t want.
Gargle and spit for about 15-20 seconds, then rinse these germs away with water.
- WASH YOUR TOYS
It’s perfectly normal to use toys and lubricants to help with sex, but they should also be washed.
A little soap and warm water is enough to kill most germs. If you want to be more diligent, you can boil some silicone toys to kill germs.
Read the manufacturer’s instructions before immersing any battery-powered or mechanical item in water or subjecting it to sterilization temperatures.
- NO SHOWERING
This is one of the things on my list of things not to do during the cleanse.
The practice of washing with water is incorrect and outdated and is now banned because it has been found to cause more infections instead of eliminating them.
The vagina has a self-cleansing mechanism that contains good bacteria that help maintain a healthy and balanced pH level.
You rarely need extra help to keep your vagina clean. Contribute to keeping the area outside your private area clean, but let your vagina take care of itself.
- Change into clean clothes and new underwear
When you’re intimate with your partner, you can’t help but notice what’s going on with your clothes.
Bacteria can be found in body fluids that stain your underwear and clothes, so these clothes may not be something you want to wear again – throw them in the laundry basket and get some fresh clothes to wear.
Bed sheets should also be thrown in the bathroom.
- BEWARE OF CHANGE OR DISCOMFORT
Your body should return to normal soon after intercourse.
Note and track any changes, such as injuries, sensations, or bumps.
If these physical changes or the discomfort you feel worsens or does not go away within a reasonable time, it is best to see a doctor about your symptoms.
Write down what you notice about your physical symptoms, such as where you first felt discomfort, changes in size, or increased pain.
I recommend writing them down right away because you might not remember them later.
Ideally, you should learn about your partner’s sexual health before sleeping with them.
It’s an uncomfortable topic, but it’s worth discussing with your partner.
If you can’t be sure about your partner’s health, pay attention to symptoms such as bumps, pain, sores, or unusual discharge around the genitals.
It’s always good Getting tested for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) is a scary thing.