Firstly, it is important to urinate after séx. "Urinating after séx helps to flush out bacteria that may have entered the urethra during intercourse, which can help to prevent urinary tract infections," explains Dr. Melissa Conrad Stöppler from WebMD.
Next, it is wise to clean your genitals thoroughly. "Gently wash your genital area with warm water and unscented soap," suggests Healthline. This helps to remove any potential irritants or bacteria left behind after séx.
Using protection during séx can also minimize the risk of contracting STIs. Condoms are recommended as they not only act as a barrier to prevent pregnancy, but also reduce the risk of STIs, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), chlamydia, and gonorrhea. "Condoms also help prevent infections such as genital herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV)," adds Dr. Bunmi Oke from PunchNG.
Lastly, it is important to get tested regularly for STIs, even if you and your partner have been monogamous. "People with STIs can appear completely healthy and may not even know they have an infection," warns Healthline.
In summary, urinating, washing your genitals, using protection, and regularly getting tested for STIs are important steps to take after séx. Doing these can help keep you healthy and reduce the risk of infection.
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