Straight after sex you may be at your most relaxed, but there are three things you should never do after the deed.
So if you want to keep your lady bits healthy, we suggest you never do these things after sex:
1. Soap-up down there
You might feel like you want to wash after sex, but make sure you don’t use soap. Lathering up your lady bits can cause irritation and dryness and post-sex you may even experience an allergic reaction.
“The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, and needs to be treated very, very gently—if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, you shouldn’t put it in or around your vagina,” adds Leslie.
If you do want to scrub up use water only.
2. Forget to wee
There’s a reason why you always need to wee after sex – it helps clear any bacteria that may have been pushed into your vagina.
“[Sex] can result in post-intercourse bladder infections,” said Robert Wool, M.D., ob-gyn, “You can have some snuggle time, just empty your bladder within an hour of sex.”
“When pubic hair is shaved or waxed it leaves microscopic open wounds”
3. Chill out in a hot tub
While the idea of a post-coital hot tub dip might sounds nice, it could actually be very bad news for your vagina.
“When your vulva swells in response to sexual stimulation, it reveals the opening of the vagina, which means you have a greater chance of infection,” said Leslie.
“If you’re in a hot tub with your partner, that means you’re exposed to the bacteria on his skin and anus.”
“Also, extensive water exposure reduces the efficiency of your skin’s antimicrobial barrier,” she added.