Many of us rarely ever think about what they should or shouldn’t do after sexual intercourse, but we can all agree that it is extremely important to always keep our private parts clean and healthy. Almost all of the infections that occur down there is usually as a result of following some really unhealthy habits. Listed below are 8 things that every woman should do right after having sexual intercourse. By implementing these habits in your routine, you will help your private part to stay healthy and you can protect it against any type of bacterial infections.
GO TO THE TOILET SOON AFTER SEXUAL INTERCOURSE
First of all: do a number one. During intercourse, all kind of bacteria can be transmitted to your private part. It is moist and warm inside there, which makes it the ideal environment for bacteria to multiply. Therefore, in order not to get a bladder infection, you should pee within the first hour after having sexual intercourse, which will help you to clear out your private part. And as you probably already know, you should always wipe from front to back in order to avoid fecal contamination.
DRINK A PINT OF FRESH WATER
Just like when you are exercising, you need to stay hydrated after having sex too. Being dehydrated affects your whole body, so whenever your mouth is dry, you should definitely refuel with some fresh water. Drinking a pint or more of water immediately after having sex will keep you hydrated and help you flush out annoying UTI-causing bacteria from your bladder.
AVOID HOT BATHTUB OR HOT SHOWERS
Shower sounds perfect, but you should avoid hot bath tub. When your vulva swells reacting to sexual stimulation, it opens a bit more. Jumping into hot bathtub or shower right after sexual activity might make you more prone to bacterial infections.
AVOID SOAPS DOWN THERE
Not just after sexual intercourse (even though the vagina is really sensitive then), but always: don’t use soap when washing your private part. Your genital area is actually a self-cleaning organism and applying cleaning soap, douches or some other products down there may interfere with the delicate vaginal pH levels. Using soap may also cause dryness and irritation. In fact, as a rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t put it in the mouth, don’t put it in the genital area. After sexual intercourse (and always), wash only with warm water.
CONSUME FOOD FULL OF PROBIOTICS
What you’ll choose to eat after sexual activities is really important. It’s true, those chocolate sweets on the shelf look very tempting, but you should choose your snacks more wisely. Your ideal option is yogurt and other fermented foods such as kombucha and kimchi. Consuming these much healthier types of snacks after sexual activity will restock good bacteria, which can prevent yeast infections.
AVOID WET WIPES
Even though it might be appealing to clean yourself with wet wipes, the harmful chemicals and fragrances may cause an irritation in your delicate vaginal area, especially right after having intercourse. If you must use something other than water to wash up, you can mix a bit of white vinegar with lukewarm water. Vinegar will be able to cleanse your private part without disrupting its pH levels. Dry it gently afterward.
PREVENT YEAST INFECTIONS BY AIR-DRYING YOUR NETHER AREA
It may come as a surprise to you, but many women are actually blow drying their genital area after sexual intercourse. This is highly efficient according to some medical professionals, although you need to be very careful. Blow drying is particularly effective for females prone to mycosis and UTIs.
You should wash your genital area with warm water before blow drying it. It is highly recommended to use cold air setting when drying. It is very important to be sure not to overdo it because your innermost vagina should remain moist. In the end, use a soft towel.
FORGET ABOUT THE CUTE LINGERIE
Many types of cute lingerie we love are made of nylon, polyester and other non-breathable fabrics. If you wear them after sexual intercourse, you will help to create the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Remember that your vagina is warm and moist after having sex, which is the ideal occasion for bacteria to thrive, especially if it’s trapped by all those non-breathable materials. Stick to your cotton underwear or even go commando, to make sure that your nether areas can breathe freely.