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Practicing good post sex hygiene

It doesn’t take a long time for bacteria to multiply and an infection to develop after sex  (Shutterstock)

Most times, two consenting adults engaging in sex will rarely discuss about sexual hygiene. The excitement and rush throws every precaution to the wind. So where does that leave you?

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Proper hygiene before, during and after sex is primary for you and your partner’s health. For women, our bodies are more sensitive so extra care must be taken.

It doesn’t take a long time for bacteria to multiply and an infection to develop, especially after sex.

Here is a detailed post-sex routine you should adhere to at all times.

  • Shower

This is the easiest way to clean up after sex. It takes care of the sweat so you won’t have to go to bed all sweaty and you’re also able to clean your lady parts without too much hassle. When showering though, you have to avoid douching.

Spraying yourself with water will only push the bacteria further and cause more problems. If you really must, you can use some gentle intimate wash products or keep it safe and go the old safe way by using plain water to wash.

  • Pee

Many people swear by this especially if you don’t have time for a full shower. It helps to clean out the bacteria that is inside, any lube that could alter your pH balance and other fluids that could cause infections for that matter. Sometimes the pee doesn’t come out automatically so what you can do to trigger some is to sip some water before sex or immediately after so that the process is easier.

  • Wash your hands

This is another basic but important step. Washing your hands after is just as important as washing before sex. Bacteria could live on you and your partner’s hands, which could possibly transfer into sensitive body parts like your eyes. Avoid such situations by cleaning your hands with soap and water, and don’t forget to get underneath the nails if they’re long.

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The excitement and rush throws every precaution to the wind (Shutterstock)
  • Clean up after anal sex

If you’ve had anal sex, you shouldn’t forget to clean up. The best way to do this is by using water and some gentle soap or intimate wash. This rids you of any fecal matter, bacteria and fluids that could cause trouble later on.

  • Clean the toys

Sex toys can be a breeding ground for bacteria. And when you reintroduce those bacteria into your body after use, you’re at risk of getting really sick. Disinfect them with some warm water and soap so that all the bacteria is out. Avoid using very harsh chemicals when cleaning them because you can get a serious infection.

  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash

This is an important step that many people might forget. It’s dangerous because bacteria can transfer from the genitals into the mouth and that’s quite scary. Get rid of those bacteria by using antibacterial mouthwash as part of your post sex hygiene.

  • Let her breathe

Post-sex, your vagina can be a little sensitive and the small details can cause irritation easily. That’s why you should always refrain from wearing tight clothes and undies afterwards. Those items that don’t allow your lady parts to breathe can create a suitable environment for bacteria to multiply. Also, the rubbing and friction of tight clothes can cause pain and discomfort. If you’re going to bed, go commando and if you’re carrying on with your day, wear clean, breathable cotton underwear.

  • Change the sheets

Having a clean environment is also part of post sex clean-up. During sex, there are fluids and bacteria that get into your sheets which can cause infections when not cleaned out. Besides, it’s not too great sleeping on sweaty sheets when you’re from taking a nice hot bath, now is it? Have spare sheets beforehand so that you won’t have to struggle later when you’re tired.

That said, it’s important to let your partner know the importance of hygiene when it comes to sex. That way, you’ll both take it seriously and each will do their part to ensure each one is safe and healthy.

 

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