#HealthBytes: Tips to help you maintain good hygiene after sex
After an intimate bedroom session with your partner, getting out of the bed and cleaning up might be the last thing you want to do. But, lazing around is not a good idea, as far as your sexual hygiene is concerned, as it might pave way for bacterial growth and infections (that's something nobody would like). Follow these tips for good post-sex hygiene.
A general rule of thumb to ensure sexual hygiene after having sex is to take a trip to the washroom and urinate, right after doing the deed. It will help wash away any bacteria that may have come close to the urethra during intercourse, and might further move in and infect your kidneys. So always make sure to urinate before and after sex.
If there is one part of your body that is most prone to catching bacteria- it is your hands. From all the touching, of course. Talking of touching, sex means your hands are going to go places. So, it becomes vital to wash your hands after sex, to get rid of bacteria that might have come from touching genital area during the act.
Goes without saying, both the partners must clean up their genitals, post sexual intercourse. Health experts suggest that men must clean the area around the penis as well as the glans and the inner skin, using a mild soap and warm water. Women should take a washcloth, and use warm water and soap to clean up the outer vaginal area to prevent bacterial spread.
In simple terms, you just want to steer clear of any bacterial contact, as a result of sexual activity. That's why it is generally recommended to get up and change your underclothing with a new, fresh pair. Keep them handy, if that makes it easier. Also, dump used sheets into the washing machine, and get a new one to avoid risk of bacterial contact.
Drinking a glass of water can also (indirectly) help reduce risk of infection. It will help you urinate more, thus aiding in flushing out of toxins and bacteria, and eliminating risk of infection, beforehand. Well, is there anything on planet that water cannot do?