- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 12:30PM
There's no denying you're at your happiest and relaxed following a steamy session in the bedroom.
While you may be tempted to dip your toes into other relaxing activities, a doctor is warning against common practices after sex.
Following sex you are more vulnerable to picking up bugs and germs - so if you want to keep your private bits in optimum health, here are three things you should avoid doing:
After an enjoyable session with your loved one, many feel the urge to 'freshen up'.
However Gynaecologist Leslie E.F. Page, M.D warns people not to soap up, telling Women's Health that soap can cause your private parts irritation and potential allergic reactions.
"When the vaginal tissues have been lubricated, swollen, and rubbed against during intercourse, it changes how that tissue reacts to the environment.
"Primarily, you run a much greater risk of infection.
"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," Leslie added.
If you feel the need to freshen up - just use water.
With that advice, you may be tempted to jump into a hot tub - but that's the last thing you should do.
GETTING IN A HOT TUB
You may want to get all romantic with your partner following love-making, but skip the hot tub if you want to avoid any potential harm to your lady bits.
"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," Leslie explained.
"If you're in a hot tub with your partner, that means you're exposed to the bacteria on his skin and anus."
Some might say it's just an old tale, but it's important to go to the bathroom after engaging in sex.
Leslie says it is important to help clear the bacteria that may have been pushed inside you during sex.
Going to the toilet will help out any unwanted bacteria that could otherwise lead to bladder infections.
How quickly after sex should you be looking to go to the toilet? Leslie says within an hour should do the trick to avoid any unwanted issues down south.
This article was first published on NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.