What you should always do after sex to keep your vagina healthy
(The Insider) With endless harmful myths out there about sexual and reproductive health — like that steaming your vagina is a good idea or that you need to clean it with special products— it’s easy for your vagina to not get the treatment it deserves.
While some of this advice is common knowledge (like why you should always pee after you have sex), we also found some surprising ways you could be damaging your vagina, without even realizing it.
“It’s important to pay attention to your hygiene when you’re sexually active,” explained Dr. Allison Hill and Dr. Yvonne Bohn, OB/GYNs at Los Angeles Obstetricians & Gynecologists because “your natural lubricants” as well as “semen from your partner can alter your vaginal pH balance which can make infections – like a yeast infection or a urinary tract infection (UTI) – more common.”
You’ll want to use the bathroom before and after sex.
Still, there are easy things you can do to keep your pH balance in check and minimize your risk for UTIs, said our experts.
You’ll want to “empty your bladder after intercourse to flush out bacteria which may have been pushed into the urethra during sex.
If left there, it can lead to a bladder infection or a UTI.”
How you wipe is important.
Drs. Hill and Bohn remind us to “wipe from front to back so that you don’t contaminate the vagina with bacteria from the rectum, which could ultimately lead to a UTI.”
You can clean the area, but be gentle.
Urinating after sex is the most surefire way to minimize the risk of infection, but there are other ways to keep things clean.
Dr. Hill and Dr. Bohn recommend that you “allow excessive semen to drain from the vagina, so that your vaginal pH stays in balance.
This helps to prevent yeast and bacterial infections and UTIs.” Read the full story at The Insider.