Posted on Dec 11, 2019, 5 p.m.
Being informed has become easier than ever thanks to advances in modern technology. However, being informed doesn’t always mean the information has been correct. This may be the case when it comes to sex as made apparent by the continued increasing rate of STDs.
Let’s get a few things settled right out of the gate, first off you can’t “just tell” if a person has an infection/disease just by looking at them. No one is immune from catching an infection/disease, even if it is the first time. “Pulling out” will not prevent pregnancy or transfer of an infection. If you have had sex without protection there is a serious risk that you may be infected with an STD and not even know it. Simply having a shower after unprotected sex will not protect you from contracting an STD or pregnancy. Asking/using protection such as a condom does not make you dirty, it makes you smart and means you are doing your part to be as safe as possible.
If you have had sex bareback without protection and continue to do so, you are the problem, you could have an infection/disease and be spreading it to everyone you have sex with, as sometimes there are no symptoms. Being asymptomatic is common you need to be tested, and treated if there is an infection. If you can’t be responsible and grown up enough to get protection, then you are not ready to have sex period.
Sex can be a beautiful thing between two mutually consenting and responsible adults. It is about more than toys, techniques and all the little extras that can add to the experience, it also needs to be about respect, responsibility, communication, consent, and safety. The position you’ve been wanting to try will never be perfect if you are in pain or have contracted an infection, sexual health is more important than that orgasm.
Even if you use protection going to the washroom to urinate after having sex os one of the easiest and cheapest ways to help protect yourself, and this is applicable to both genders. So there is no misunderstanding urination is not a substitute for internal or external protection against pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections/diseases. Pee after play isn’t actually about the penetration.
Sex as great as it can be, isn’t exactly clean, and it doesn’t always happen on exactly sterile playing grounds. Take a look around next time, the cleanliness of hands, sheets, vibrators, the person, the countertop, the car, anywhere you are that cleanliness is not the first thing you think about when it starts to get hot and heavy with your partner. The environment that we are in can expose us to all kinds of dirt and germy gifts that we get to keep for more than a few moments. Germy gifts can keep on giving, one of the most common infections caused by sexual interaction is a urinary tract infection which happens when bacteria makes its way into the urethra and the bladder.
Those with a vagina/vulva can very easily get a UTI when being touched on the ever important clitoris please do go zone which is right above the opening of the urethra and is really not that far from the anus which is home to E.coli. A ton of stuff happens in this area, and there is a lot of fluids which makes it easy for bacteria to travel around into other places where it can spread and grow into a need for a visit to see a doctor.
It is easier to develop a UTI for those with a vagina/vulva because of the shorter urethra and the opening being right near all of action. Going pee after having sex can flush out bacteria from the urethra before it travels to the bladder, according to Dr. Frederick Naftolin one doesn’t need to pee immediately, but the sooner after sex the better. “It’s not a matter of the bacteria multiplying, but it is a matter of … having that short tube between the outside and the bladder, so it doesn’t take very much to get up into the bladder.”
According to Naftolin, sex increases the likelihood of this happening because, “When people have intercourse or even foreplay, the rubbing around the urethra inflames it, and it begins to secrete lubricants and fluids as a response – and those fluids then are good conduits for the bacteria to get up there.”
For those who have a penis there is also a risk for contracting a UTI, although the risk is low, meaning peeing after sex is important for the penis too. Those with a penis are more likely to contract a prostate infection if anal play/sex is involved. E.coli naturally lives in/on the body, plenty can be transferred from the rectum into the urethra during touching or penetration in this area; wearing a condom can significantly decrease the risk of this happening.
That trip to the loo after having sex to pee can also help to flush out semen that may have entered the urethra, and helps to eliminate the potential for sperm being present in the next production of pre-ejaculate as well as to help prevent pregnancy in situations where it is possible due to anatomy. Just to be abundantly clear going pee after sex will not prevent pregnancy or prevent contracting an infection/disease.
Any kind of sexual activity, even that which is done on the solo leaves the urethra vulnerable to infection causing bacteria, including oral, anal, and non-penetrative sex. Body bumping whether it be same sex or different sex can also result in a urinary tract infection through any form of sexual contact. Whatever your pleasure be sure to go pee after the deed, then take some time to enjoy those post sex snuggles before you go to sleep or go for another round.
Taking a few moments to go pee after sex can flush out a lot of problems that may help to save you that trip to see a doctor. But if you do have an infection make sure that you and your partner get tested and treated, otherwise you will be passing it back and forth to each other as well as to anyone else involved in the horizontal tango, and that is not the kind of giving and receiving that should be happening during sex.
Once more just to drive the point home going pee after sex will not prevent pregnancy or prevent contracting an infection/disease, but it can help. A final note about peeing, for those with a vagina/vulva, be sure to wipe from front to back. If you sprinkle when you tinkle make sure to wipe the seat/floor/wall. Strive to be a better person and replace the toilet paper roll of you finish it, it’s not that difficult.
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