7 Things to Do Immediately After Unprotected Sex

Have you engaged in unprotected sex and are wondering what to do next? Read this article to find out.

1. Urinate

The first thing you should do after unprotected sex is to take a long pee. During unprotected sex, bacteria can get into your urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body. That can raise your chances of an infection. When you pee, you flush those germs out. If you’re a woman, when you wipe, do it from front to back to stop the spread of bacteria.

2. Take a shower

Both men and women should wash their genitals immediately after sexual intercourse. Failing to do so can increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Sexual bodily fluids can contribute to genital infections and skin irritations if not washed away quickly.

Wash your genitals with plain lukewarm water. Even though you may be tempted to use soaps, shower gels, or even douche (for women), the best thing to do is to use water only. However, mild soaps could be okay.

3. Clean your sex toys

Your dildos, vibrators, and other sex toys need to be cleaned immediately. Since you’ve used them on your private parts, they are likely to trap bacteria and if you use them later without cleaning, you’re likely to catch an infection.

4. Drink water

Grab a glass of water and gulp it down. Sex involves a lot of rigorous activity which leads to loss of energy. Drinking water revitalises you and makes you urinate more, which is effective for destroying bacteria.

5. Wear loose clothing

Tight clothes may cause discomfort, which is why loose-fitting options are the best. Women can benefit more from this tip than men. The reason is simple. Tight clothes can lead to heat, which can cause itching in your genital area.

Avoid tight underwear immediately after sex. Cotton is a good choice for men and women because it’s a natural and breathable material. 

6. Visit your doctor

If you’re frightened that you may have caught an infection, visit your doctor to discuss your worries with them. Take note, however, that STI symptoms take between 5 days and 2 weeks to appear. Getting tested immediately may not reveal if you have an STI.

7. Take rest

Make sure you get enough rest after sex. As we established earlier, sex leads to loss of energy so it’s important to get some rest to restore your body. Take a nap or simply sit down to catch your breath before doing other activities.

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