When it comes to sex, good post-intercourse hygiene is very important to reduce the risk of an infection. It can also be a great way to feel fresher – as, let’s face it, the sweating, kissing, and exchange of bodily fluids can leave us feeling pretty messy!
This doesn’t mean you need to jump straight out of bed and start cleaning yourself down, but you should make sure you are following a good post-sex hygiene routine. How should you clean up after sex, though? We thought we would take a closer look.
Why should you clean up after sex?
Before we take a look at how to clean up after sex, it’s important to understand why. The biggest reason to clean up following intercourse is for hygiene. A thorough clean will reduce the risk of unpleasant odors forming from sweat, ensuring you can cuddle up with your partner feeling fresh and clean.
Of course, it’s not just about keeping yourself smelling fresh! Good hygiene reduces the risk of skin irritation as well as minimizing the risk of infection.
How should you clean yourself after sex?
This is a bit of a trick question. For women, the vagina is capable of cleaning itself out after sex, and you should not try to use a douche, for example, as this can cause issues. However, that does not mean you should simply leave it. Rising your vulva after sex using water and a genital wash will reduce the risk of developing a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or a yeast infection.
You should avoid using a cloth or antibacterial wipes. Unless thoroughly cleaned, a cloth can result in you spreading bacteria further around your body. On the other hand, using antibacterial wipes can result in allergic reactions or irritation and can also lead to issues with vaginal irritation.
Another top tip to remember after intercourse is to pee. During sex, bacteria can get into your urethra, which can lead to an infection. That is why peeing after sex helps to flush that bacteria out and minimize your risk.
Finally, where possible, you should avoid sleeping in any nylon underwear. Your skin tends to be warm and damp after sex, and nylon will trap that in, increasing the risk of a yeast infection. That is why you should use more breathable materials or sleep naked.
What products should you use?
As mentioned, you should avoid using antibacterial wipes or cloths. However, there are a range of products available that you can use, such as our unique 2-in-1 natural feminine wash and daily body wash. This completely organic and vegan wash can be used daily across your entire body, and it is safe for use after sex, ensuring you will not experience any discomfort or irritation.
So next time you think about cuddling up with your partner, make sure you clean up after sex to avoid an infection and minimize the risk of irritation.