While you may be at your most relaxed post-sex, there are few things that you should never do straight after a passionate liaison. “When the vaginal tissues have been lubricated, swollen, and rubbed against during intercourse, it changes how that tissue reacts to the environment,” says gynecologist Leslie E F Page. “Primarily, you run a much greater risk of infection.” With that in mind, we break down the stuff you should never, ever do after sex if you want to keep your lady parts happy:
1. Soap up
While you may feel the need to ‘freshen’ up after doing the deed – make sure you don’t use soap.
Lathering up your nether-regions will soapy products can cause irritation and you may even experience an allergic reaction.
2. Get in a hot tub
Enjoying a post-coital soak in a hot tub may sound like an enjoyable, romantic experience – but it’s bad news for your lady bits.
If you’re in a hot tub with your partner, that means you’re exposed to the bacteria on his skin and anus. Eww!
3. Forgetting to pee
Going for a pee after sex isn’t just an old wives’ tale – it really is important.
Popping to the loo helps to clear away bacteria that may have been spread around mid-bonk.
Bacteria is bad news as it can lead to bladder infections. So try and nip to the loo within an hour after having sex.
4. Sleep in sexy lingerie
Cotton lingerie is OK because it’s breathable, but nylon, rayon, or polyester skivvies are a no-no. After sex, your skin tends to be warm and damp, thanks to perspiration, vaginal secretions, and semen.
Synthetic underwear traps the moisture and you run the risk of a yeast infection. So, stick to breathable material or just go nude.
5. Use a wet wipe
If you’re sensitive to chemicals like alcohol, glycerin, scents, and certain oils, using a flushable wet wipe after sex can cause irritation, since you’re more susceptible to skin issues after sex.
Signs of irritation include redness, swelling, itching, and tenderness. Try using plain old toilet paper to wipe down after your tumble in the hay instead.
6. Let your habits get the better of you
Lovemaking is an act in which you share your privacy with your partner; still there are limits.
Scratching or picking your nose or passing gas in not at all funny. One must maintain their etiquette even in their closest moments together.
7. Get up right away
Of course you should feel free to get up and pee, or rinse off in the shower. But if you can, try to linger in bed for awhile after sex.
Stay in the energy of each other to reap the benefits of the closeness. It’ll make your partner feel comfy and appreciated, and can even help you both become closer.
8. Comment on your partner's body
As you both lie there naked, it might be tempting to make an innocent comment about your partner’s body hair, their weight, or other physical attributes. But, for the love of god, don’t.
It will make your partner feel self-conscious and that’s never a good thing when you’re both naked and trying to enjoy yourselves.