It’s easy to forget that intimacy has a lot of health implications when you’re in the heat of the moment. Apart from the emotions and mental health issues that might arise from spending time with your partner, there is a lot of physical health that can be overlooked. It’s easy to forget that the transfer of bacteria and sickness is so easy, whether you simply can’t force yourself to leave bed (guilty!) or want to spend that extra time with your partner.
Here are five blunders to avoid doing after intimacy according to WebMD.
1. Washing your private organ with soap.
You could be tempted to use soap to clean your privates, but because vaginas are self-cleaning organs, we don’t need to use soaps or detergents. Any lubricants or fluids should be flushed out with clean, warm water.
2. Sleeping in lingerie.
Perspiration, vaginal fluids, and semen cause your skin to become warm and wet after intimacy. Sleeping in your underwear traps moisture, increasing your chance of developing a yeast infection.
3. Not emptying your bladder.
Bacteria can enter your urethra, the tube that transports pee from your body, during intimacy. As a result, your chances of contracting an infection are increased. You wash the bacteria away when you pee. So cuddle up with your lover for a few minutes before heading to the restroom. When wiping, wipe from front to back if you’re a woman to prevent bacteria from spreading.
4. Not washing your hands.
It’s the most effective approach to remove bacteria from your hands. This is critical in preventing the spread of diseases. Make it a part of your post-intimacy cleaning regimen by washing with soap and water.
5. Not thinking about getting tested.
It’s a good idea to get tested for STDs if you’re sexually active, especially if you’ve recently started dating. Because these illnesses usually have no symptoms, the only way to know for sure whether you have one is to get tested. Symptoms such as discharge, discomfort, blisters, sores, patches, or lumps around your genitals should also be kept an eye on.