Have you ever wished for more from your sex life? Maybe a stronger sense of intimacy? If you say “yes”, you must ensure that you practice proper sex habits, especially after intercourse. It’s a good idea to figure out what you and your partner like in bed, but once you’re done, pay attention to what your health demands. In fact, even if you are tired, there are some things you should avoid.
Health Shots spoke to Dr Sanjay Kumavat, Consultant Psychiatrist and Sexologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai, to find out the mistakes which women should avoid post sex.
Dr Kumavat says, “There are certain things that a woman should not do after sex, as these can impact her physical and mental health. Take the time to establish healthy habits that ensure that you can have the best possible communication and intimacy with your sexual partner.”
You should also discuss things that were great or bothersome, and prioritize your gynaecological health.
Here are some common mistakes to avoid after sex:
1. Not emptying the bladder
Emptying the bladder post intercourse is very important as it avoids any unnecessary urinary tract infection (UTI). Urination can help flush out the bacteria if it has entered the tract inadvertently. However, you don’t need to rush to the washroom immediately after sex. You can empty your bladder within an hour of sex.
2. Ignoring pain
The moaning that occurs during and after coitus is not always about pleasure. It can usually be reduced by abdominal breathing. Pain during and after sex, on the other hand, can be caused by sexually transmitted infections, vaginismus, orgasm, endometriosis, deep penetration, fibroids, or emotional trauma. If the pain persists and becomes unbearable, it’s worth seeking medical advice.
3. Wearing tight undergarments
There are numerous factors to consider for good vaginal health after sex. One of them is going commando! Wearing synthetic materials or tight undergarments may irritate the moist skin of the thighs. Ditching underwear post sex will provide some relief from the heat and will also help to prevent infections of all kinds, such as yeast infections and itching.
4. Not cleaning your vagina
Keep in mind that your vagina is self-cleansing. So, don’t douche or clean it with chemical-based soaps, as this can increase the risk of infection. Simply, wipe from front to back post sex to maintain the pH balance of the vagina. This will also reduce the likelihood of infection.
5. Enjoying bubble bath
Cuddling in a hot water bath might increase your chances of getting an infection. Hot water acts as a fertile ground for bacterial growth. It is better to use one tea spoonful of vinegar in warm water, which maintains the skin’s natural acidity and helps in cleansing.
6. Skipping contraceptives
If you are using condoms, ensure that they are intact. This will prevent an unwanted pregnancy and infection. Also, if you are on oral contraceptives, don’t forget to pop your pill.
7. Ignoring post coital bleeding
You’ve just finished having sex with your partner, and now you’re bleeding? Well, bleeding with pain from any of the sites requires immediate attention, as they may occur from the vagina due to vaginal dryness and fibroids.
If it is not about sexual intercourse and you are using sex toys for self-pleasure. Keep in mind that you must clean or wash your sex toys both before and after using them. This will keep vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and UTI at bay.