Things To Do After Sex

After a night of passion, maybe all you really want to do is cuddle up to your partner. But there are a number of important things you should do after sex. Here’s a glimpse of best tips on how both of you can keep your sex life as well as your health in tip-top shape.

The following list of things you should do after sex can significantly reduce your chances of getting an infection:

Empty Your Bladder

During sex, bacteria can get into your urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body. 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.

Drink a Glass of Water

Since it’s a good idea to pee after a roll in the hay, don’t forget to drink water. When you stay hydrated, you’ll pee more, which means that more bacteria will wash out of your body before infections can flare up.

Wash Up

Although it doesn’t have to happen immediately after sex, don’t call it a night without washing up. By gently cleaning the genital area, you and your partner will protect yourself against various types of infections.

Don’t Douche

Some women think they need to clean inside their vagina after sex with water or prepackaged fluids. But douching can lead to more infections. That’s because it upsets the natural balance of bacteria that protect your vagina. 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.

Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

Hot, sweaty places are the perfect spots for bacteria and yeast to thrive. So wear underwear and clothes that let air in. Cotton undies work well for men and women — they’re breathable and absorb moisture. Or skip underwear altogether when you go to bed.

Pregnant? Take Extra Care

Sex is usually safe during pregnancy, but you are more likely to get infections like UTIs during this time. So it’s even more important to take care of the basics after sex – pee afterward, wash around your vagina, and drink water. Encourage your partner to do the same.

Keep The Right Tools On Hand

If the mess bothers you or prevents you from post-coitus cuddles, there’s definitely ways around it.

Keep these items in your bedroom for easy and hassle-free sex

Towels – Lay them on the bed (or whatever surface you’re having sex on) to make sure sweat or other bodily fluids don’t leave stains.
Unscented baby wipes – Great for wiping down the body after sex and getting rid of any bodily fluids.
Mattress protectors – If you’re concerned about sweat or other bodily fluids seeping through the sheets and into your mattress, a mattress protector can create a barrier.
Deodorant or body spray – If you’re concerned about sweat, keeping deodorant or body spray on hand can help eliminate any post-sex odor. Don’t put it on your genitals, though.

Above all, don’t forget to keep a glass of water nearby. While it’s not necessary for clean up, all that sweat and fluid loss during sex can make one thirsty! And for folks who love to cuddle immediately, it gives one less reason to get out of bed.


Sure, the list of things to do after sex might seem a tad long, but it’s wise to get in the habit of taking these precautionary steps. Remember, it’s all for the sake of your long-term health and your partner’s.