6 Things You MUST Do After Sex For A Healthy Vagina

Three letters. P-E-E.
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1. Pee.

Peeing after sex prevents you from getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) for the first or the nth time. Although some research has surfaced stating that you don’t have to take a leak at once (or at all) post-intercourse, urinating is still the best way to stop bacteria that got to your vaginal area from going to your urethra. It’s not a long trip for the bacteria in our case, since our anus, vagina, and urethra are close together. As if getting UTI isn’t bad enough, the worst thing that can happen if you don’t pee after sex is to get a bladder and kidney infection. We women have short a urethra, so bacteria that have gotten to it can travel to the bladder and the kidneys. So be sure to head to the bathroom—especially when you feel like peeing!

2. Drink water.

An intense workout on the sheets and all the gasping that dries your mouth will make you look for water to rehydrate yourself. But apart from rehydration, drinking water will help you pee, which flushes out UTI-causing bacteria in and around your urethra.

3. Wash up.

This washes away bacteria from the hands, mouth, and rectum; it helps keep you from developing a yeast or bacterial infection down there. Washing with lukewarm water (alone or with a mild, unscented soap) also soothes any vaginal swelling or irritation from a romp.

Don’t douche, though! Washing your vagina with antiseptics and fragrances upsets the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina. This change will make your vagina more prone to bacterial growth that causes infection (bacterial vaginosis), which can up your chances of getting STDs. There are other disadvantages of douching, like your uterus getting infected and having pregnancy complications.

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Remember: Your vagina’s acidity naturally controls bacteria’s presence. Washing with warm water and mild soap is good enough to keep it clean.


4. Clean the sex toy.

Failing to clean your naughty device—and cleaning it well—will make infection-causing bacteria grow there. And if you use that, you have higher chances of getting a yeast or bacterial infection. Or, if your partner has an STD, you might contract it too.

Use mild soap for motorized sex toys made of silicone, glass, stainless steel, or wood. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Their non-motorized versions can go through a deep cleanse when placed in boiling water for ten minutes.

5. Wear cotton underwear.

With sexy time over (for the moment *wink*), slip on a pair of cotton undies for when you go to bed to cuddle or sleep. Cotton doesn’t trap moisture, hence letting your skin breathe and feel fresh—and let’s not forget that moisture is a condition for bacterial growth. Thongs and other undies made of nylon or Lycra (both of which trap moisture) might be too tight and rub you and your privates the wrong way, causing irritation that can lead to infections.

6. Eat probiotic-rich food.

A good cup of some refreshing yogurt? Why not. Yogurt may contain probiotics, which are good bacteria that aid digestion and even immune functions. Studies have found that women who have vaginal infections and have a high pH experience a decrease in infections and a drop to a normal vaginal pH of 4 after eating yogurt every day. Just be sure that the yogurt you’re eating has "live and active cultures" on the packaging. You won’t get all the benefits of yogurt without the active cultures.

For a healthier option, go for kimchi if you can take the heat. Kimchi is rich in good bacteria because of the fermentation process (it kills the disease-causing bacteria) done to prepare it. This leaves the good bacteria in, so it works much like how yogurt does for your vagina. It has other health benefits, such as being anti-cancer, anti-obesity, and anti-constipation; it's good for brain and skin health, too. 

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