For the most part, you don’t have to do a thing after sex
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There’s no way around it. Between the kissing, the sweating, and the other bodily fluids that make an appearance during outer- or intercourse, sex is an inherently messy process.
And the chances of yourself, your partner, and your bed (or wherever else you decide to have sex) getting anything from stains to watermarks are high.
After sex, your first thought might be to immediately hop out of bed to clean things up — especially yourself.
But it turns out that’s not entirely true. For the most basic intercourse, Los Angeles-based, multi-certified sex educator Anne Hodder says, “There are no medical reasons that I am aware of for why someone would need a special hygiene routine for after sex.”
Of course, this also depends on what happens during sex, your hygiene preferences, and infection risk. So, while there’s apparently no pressing medical reason to hop out into the shower following sex, it’s still good to have a post-romp protocol in mind.
Here are your most pressing post-sex hygiene questions, answered:
1. How should I clean my bits after sex?
This is a trick question, really. When it comes to cleaning out the vagina, there’s no such thing. The vagina is perfectly capable of cleaning itself following sex — even if there’s sperm inside. Plus, trying to take matters into your own hands can actually do more harm than good.
“Never… [use] products that claim to ‘clean’ the vagina or vulva, especially no douches!” Hodder says. “The vagina is a beautiful biological machine, and there is absolutely no reason to disrupt the process (or the microbiome inside the vagina) with soaps, sprays, or other products.”