5 Things To Keep In Mind Post-Physical Intimacy For Better Health And Hygiene

HEALTH and hygiene play an integral role during physical intimacy. There are numerous tips and tricks available on the internet that tell you to do this and that before and after s*x. It is indeed important to keep in mind your health and hygiene to protect oneself from infections such as UTIs and STIs. The WebMD states that gently cleaning yourself after s*x can protect men and women from infections, like of the urinary tract (UTIs). Therefore, here are some tips to keep in mind for post physical intimacy with your partner.

1. Wash Up

It is not necessary to jump out of your bed and take a long shower just after intimacy. However, it is important to gently clean yourself after s*x to protect yourself from infections. WebMD states washing the area around (not inside) your genitals with plain warm water. You can try mild soaps, but if you have sensitive skin or you already have an infection, they might dry out or irritate the area. Men with foreskin should gently pull it back and wash it underneath.

2. Pee After Penetration

According to Healthline, peeing after s*x isn’t a bad idea, but some people may be more likely to benefit from the reduced UTI risk. If you have a vagina and you’re prone to UTIs, you may benefit the most from peeing after s*x. The path from your urethra to your bladder is short, so the bacteria don’t have to travel far to cause a UTI.

3. Drink Water

Drinking a glass of water after intimacy aids in sexual hygiene by increasing the production of urine. The more you pee after physical intimacy, the more bacteria will wash out of your body before infections can flare up.

4. Cuddling

The power of cuddling is underrated. It increases the production of oxytocin and reduces the secretion of cortisol, the stress hormone. According to WebMD, oxytocin is sometimes called the ‘love hormone’, you often have more of it in your blood if you hug your partner a lot. Couples who cuddle and kiss freely tend to be happier, healthier, and less stressed.

5. Discuss Your Experience

Post s*x, it is vital to discuss each other’s experiences. Conveying appreciation, acceptance and comfort plays a great role in enhancing and strengthening the relationship. No person can read another person’s mind, hence effective communication is required to understand each other.

 

(Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.)

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