When it comes to sex we keep hearing things like take the sexual initiative. Wash up. Spruce up your appearance. Keep instilling ideas into his or her mind or surprise him or her in the shower. All these are good ways to get your partner into the mood. However, nothing spoils it as fast as poor sexual hygiene.
According to Dr Sherry Ross, the author of She-logy and women’s health expert – being health-conscious before, during and after sex prevents diseases such as Urinary Tract Infections and other vaginal infection. Additionally, being proactive about your sex hygiene guarantees sexual confidence as much as it plays a vital role in your sexual wellbeing. Try these aphrodisiac foods to ignite your romance.
That said, let’s look at some of the sexual hygiene mistakes you could be making before, during or after sex.
- Peeing before sex
Urinary tract infection is a common problem among women. If you want to avoid this infection, avoid peeing before sex. Instead, you should pee after sex to flush out bacteria which build up to cause this infection.
- Not drinking water
Drinking plenty of water is not only beneficial to your skin and body well being but it plays a vital role when it comes to sexual hygiene. Drink water before sex so that you can relieve yourself later. Urine helps flush out the bacteria in your urethra before it grabs hold and become an infection. Lifestyle & Health: The Benefits of Staying Hydrated
- Not cleaning sex toys
Everybody has their sexual kinks thing and for some, it is sex toys. Sex toys can harbour dust and dirt depending on how you store them. A good sexual hygiene habit would be to wash your sex toys before and after sex. Always read the instructions and follow guidelines as different sex toys may require cleaning methods. Otherwise, you can use baby wipes or sex toy cleaning fluid, which should be used with warm water if the sex toy allows. Do not share your sex toys with other people.
Using sex toys that are not properly cleaned or stored could spread bacteria and infections as well.
- Not washing your hands
Hands carry a lot of bacteria, hence it is sexually hygienic for your partner to wash their hands before touching your vulva. Needless to say, the same applies to unkempt nails which can harbour dirt causing infections. Therefore, to avoid getting a yeast infection, ensure your hands and your partner’s hands are clean before any sexual activity
Too technical? Well, nothing is sexier than minding your health.
- Not washing up
Wash up immediately after sex to get rid of bacteria and prevent UTI or yeast infections. If you cannot wash up immediately, use fresh wipes to clean your vagina. Always clean front to back to avoid bringing bacteria from the anus to the vagina.
- Not being health-conscious
Use a condom to avoid contracting or passing any sexually transmitted diseases. But before this, you and your partner should be tested to make sure everything is okay. Most sexually transmitted diseases are curable if treated early which is why it is important to get tested and treated as soon as possible.
In the same beat get checked and tested for infections if you happen to have unprotected sex.
- Not minding your partner’s health
Taking care of your sex hygiene is one way of minding your partner’s health. In turn, they should also do so for good health and sexual wellness. Hence the above sexual hygienic rituals should be followed by both men and women whether before or after sex. 4 things you can do to make your partner happy.
In the words of Dr Ross, a man should clean his penis with a non-fragrant soap and water to avoid passing bacteria to the woman. When you are proactive with your health and sex life your sexual confidence will never let you down.
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