This is the real reason why you should always pee after sex

As soon as intercourse is over, it's really important to go to the bathroom. Here's why.

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The need to urinate after sexual intercourse or masturbation is perfectly normal - in fact, it's MANDATORY.

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Firstly, because after the act, women often have to pee. In women, the vagina is quite close to the bladder. Penetration presses on the bladder and stimulates the urge to pee. The back-and-forth movement of the penis or a sextoy opens the urinary meatus, the external orifice of the urethra. Stimulation of the meatus leads to the urge to urinate.

There's also a lack of lubrication. Drying out the mucous membranes can lead to small irritations around the urethra. And that, too, can trigger the urge to urinate. Even if you have absolutely no desire to leave the warm, loving arms of your partner, this little post-cuddle trip to the bathroom is essential for your health.

Peeing after sex to avoid urinary tract infections

During intercourse, bacteria accumulate in the female genital tract. Particularly in the urethra, since the urinary meatus opens up, as mentioned above. The problem is that if these bacteria (known as E. coli) make their way up the urethra to the bladder, they can cause a urinary tract infection. Hence the importance of peeing to flush out these germs. This mechanism is known as the 'flush effect'. It's natural, and better than a shower, which could damage and unbalance your vaginal flora. In the end, nature is kind.

To limit the risk of cystitis, using a condom can help. In addition to its contraceptive and protective role against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). If you're having unprotected sex with a regular partner, ask them to be vigilant about their personal hygiene, and make sure their hands are clean. The same goes for the sex toys you play with, whether as a couple or solo: wash them with soap and hot water before and after each use.

Really, don't forget to go to the toilet within an hour of your fun.

Read more:Why do you want to pee after sex?

Does peeing after intercourse prevent pregnancy?

Many women who want to have a baby worry that a trip to the bathroom will compromise their chances of pregnancy. But don't worry. Sperm on its way to the uterus is unlikely to end up at the bottom of the bowl with the urine, as it will be retained by cervical mucus.

Find out more in our video at the top of the article!

Read more:Sex toys: How to clean them and mistakes you should avoid

This article has been translated from Oh!MyMag FR.

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