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After-Sex Guide 101: Why You Should NEVER Wear Used Underwear Post Your Pleasure Sesh

After-Sex Guide 101: Why You Should NEVER Wear Used Underwear Post Your Pleasure Sesh

Nothing comes close to the blissed-out buzz you get after a hot and wild session between the sheets. While you might like to cash in on the feeling with cuddles and sweet talks, there are a few things that you need to do first for your health’s sake. For starters, hydrating yourself to make up for all the heavy sweating and breathing is important. Secondly, peeing after sex is healthy too as it flushes out bacteria from the urethra. Additionally, washing your nether regions will keep matters down there fresh and clean. 

Now, you may adhere to these rules to keep your vajayjay happy, healthy, and of course, ready for action the next time around. However, all your hard work can go down the drain because of one seemingly harmless mistake that can wreak havoc on your intimate health. We’re talking about putting your pre-sex underwear back on after the act. We got in touch with Dr Madhu Goel, Associate Director, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fortis La Femme, Delhi to know more. Here are all the deets:

Why Not Changing The Underwear Is Harmful

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Maybe, you don’t have access to your wardrobe, maybe you feel too lazy to change. Whatever your reason might be, we can attest to the fact that wearing your pre-sex underwear back on after a hot and heavy sesh is extremely unhealthy. Here’s why:

It Can Cause An Infection

Picture this: You’re just getting up, close, and intimate with bae. You’re yet to strip down but things are already hot and wet down there. Once you’re done and dusted, you get dressed and put back your underwear to go on with the rest of the day or worse still–sleep in it. This is exactly what can spell doom for your health. “Wet underwear can trap moisture, and act as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria inside the vagina. This can lead to infections like bacterial vaginosis,” warns Dr Madhu. “It can be even more dangerous if you’re already prone to UTIs as your urethra can get infected easily from the germs in and around the vagina” she adds.

It Can Irritate Your Genital Skin

The discharge on the underwear can irritate your sensitive vaginal skin. “It can cause labial redness, itching, and inflammation,” says Dr Madhu. Additionally, the moisture-trapping tendency of the wet underwear can lead to fungal or yeast infection in your nether regions. 

It Increases The Risk Of An STI

Wearing the same underwear after sex can be particularly dangerous if you’ve had an encounter with a new partner. It can increase the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. “The semen discharge on the underwear or around the genitalia can spread infections like herpes, syphilis, and worse still–HIV,” warns Dr. Madhu. 

What To Do Instead?

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If you’re wondering what you can possibly do to safeguard your intimate health after sex, here’s the answer. Follow these three tips and you’ll be fine:

Go Commando

Going commando while sleeping is considered healthy for the vagina even in the regular course. But it can be a real saviour if you’re unable to change into fresh underwear post sex. “Ditching your underwear post sex gives your vagina more time to breathe. It can dry up the excess moisture and keep your privates healthy,” says Dr Madhu. If not wearing anything feels odd, you can slip into loose, cotton pyjamas and give your vag a much-needed break.

Wipe Up

Peeing after sex and washing your intimate area after sex is crucial. But what’s even more important is to wipe the region clean and dry. “Use a clean cotton towel to wipe your genitals from front to back to avoid infecting the vagina with anal bacteria,” suggests Dr Madhu. 

Wash Your Underwear Quickly

You can even wash your underwear with Sirona’s Antibacterial Period Stain Remover. Even though it’s meant to remove period stains, it can work as a great disinfectant for underwear. Made with natural ingredients like grapefruit and lemon peel, it can kill bacteria and odour while being gentle on the fabric. A quick wash with this cleanser followed by a blow-dry for your underwear can make it fit for reuse in about ten minutes.

Change Your Underwear Frequently

According to Dr Madhu, you’ve got to change your underwear at least once a day. “Slipping into fresh underwear after 12 hours can make you feel great and prevent infections from all the sweat and dirt buildup down there through the day,” she says. 

Visit A Doc

If you sense any irritation down there or feel uneasy, don’t hesitate to consult with your doc. “Proper diagnosis can help you seek timely treatment and curb the severity of any infection in the genitalia,” says Dr Madhu.

With these post-sex hygiene tips, you’re going to be absolutely fine, we promise. So, go ahead and make the most of making love.  

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27 May 2022

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