But gently cleaning yourself after sex can protect men and women from infections, like of the urinary tract UTIs. Wash the area around not inside your genitals with plain warm water. You can try mild soaps, but if you have sensitive skin or you already have an infection, they might dry out or irritate the area. Men with foreskin should gently pull it back and wash underneath. But douching can lead to more infections.
The best way to take care of your vagina after sex is to leave it alone -- it cleans itself naturally. Also, keep in mind that a mild smell is normal and may not be a sign of a problem. Some of them are made with harsh soaps, detergents, shampoos, perfumes, or lotions that can make your skin break out. Just stick to a gentle rinse with warm water after sex. And avoid scented tampons, pads, powders, and sprays, especially if you tend to get infections. That can raise your chances of an infection.
When you pee, you flush those germs out. So enjoy some cuddle time with your partner, then head to the bathroom. If you're a woman, when you wipe, do it from front to back to stop the spread of bacteria. So wear underwear and clothes that let air in.
Women should avoid pantyhose, girdles, and panties that are too tight. Or skip underwear altogether when you go to bed. Wash with soap and water, and make it part of your post-sex clean-up routine. That means your toys could spread STDs and other infections.
Clean each toy after every use -- check the packaging for cleaning instructions. If you do plan to share, try to cover the toy with a new condom each time you use it.
Yes, guys get yeast infections, too. So if you notice the symptoms -- itching, burning, or a thick, white discharge from the vagina or penis -- treat it before the next time you get busy. Talk to your doctor if you think you have one. Most of the time, these infections have no symptoms, so testing is the only way to know for sure if you have one. You can also watch for symptoms, like discharge, pain, blisters, sores, spots, or lumps around your genitals.
Take Extra Care Sex is usually safe during pregnancy, but you are more likely to get infections like UTIs during this time. Encourage your partner to do the same.