If you are enjoying a sexually active life, you may have heard from your friends and your gynecologist how beneficial it is to pee after having sex. You may also have a strong urge to pee after sex, and it often feels as if the act has sent your bladder into the overdrive. Is it normal?
Why Should You Pee After Sex?
The biggest reason to pee after sex is that it lowers your risk of having urinary tract infections. Although sex is not the only factor leading to a urinary tract infection (UTI), it certainly plays a role, especially in case you are already prone to UTIs.
You develop a urinary tract infection when bacteria enter through your vaginal opening, move up the urethra, and finally enter the bladder. They multiply in the bladder and cause infection. Females have a shorter urethra as compared to males, which is why they are at an increased risk of becoming infected. It is possible for bacteria to enter your body during sex, and since female ejaculation does not happen through the urethra, it is always a good idea to urinate and expel these bacteria or any other substance with a chance to cause infections.
Note: Peeing immediately after sex is a way to expel bacteria from your system before it travels into the bladder where it eventually starts to multiple. Urinating may certainly help, but it only lowers the chances of a UTI, and not completely rules out the possibility. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid forcing yourself to pee when you do not feel like doing it. Squeezing out a couple of drops after serious exertion is not going to work. So, do not force yourself to pee immediately after sex, but pay a visit to the bathroom before you go to sleep.
Some Tips to Better Protect Yourself During Sex
Why should you pee after sex? To possibly lower your risk of UTIs. However, you can certainly try other ways to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Barriers work great in this regard, as they keep bacteria, viruses, and other infectious particles from entering your body. Male latex condoms are probably the best in this regard, but female condoms are now also available and work great too. Here are a few tips to bear in mind when buying and using condoms or other protective barriers:
Never reuse the same barrier after sex.
Opt for latex condoms available in drug stores. They work better at preventing disease.
Never use oil-based lubricants and stick to water-based lubricants only. Petroleum- or oil-based lubricants can cause your latex condom to break in the middle of the act.
Take some care when storing your condom – they should be stored in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.
Opt for a polyurethane condom if you are allergic to latex.
Avoid using a condom that seems sticky, brittle, or discolored.
Try to cover the entire anal or genital area using a barrier, especially when you are engaging in oral sex. A dental dam can also be used in this case, but large piece of plastic wrap will also work fine.
Use latex surgical gloves during sex if you or your partner has HIV. Keep in mind that even a small cut on the hand could be enough to get you infected.
Some Good Things You Can Do After Sex
Share Your Feelings with Your Partner
Just when you have finished the act, give yourself some time to relax and think about the act from start to finish. If you had good time, think about what exactly made it that good. Share those things with your partner, so they could keep those points in mind and utilize them when you engage in sex again. If anything made you feel awkward, do not shy away from sharing it with your partner. It is better to talk about it now than bringing it up later.
Maintain Some Intimacy after Sex
It is never a good idea to finish the act and start doing other things. You can improve your relationship by spending some time getting intimate with each other immediately after the act. Both of you will have a higher relationship and sexual satisfaction if you engage in this loving behavior after sex.
Do Not Ignore What Made You Feel Uncomfortable
You need to educate yourself a bit about sexual intercourse to understand what discomfort is considered normal and what is not. If you experience a deeper sensation during sex, it could be because you are constipated or your partner hits your ovaries. A muscle spasm could also make you feel some pain. However, these issues are only going to happen occasionally, which means you should talk to your doctor if you experience some pain every time you engage in sex. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you experience pain that lasts for several hours. Do not ignore any persistent pain because it could be a sign of a serious medical issue, such as fibroids, ovarian cysts, and endometriosis.