According to Emma Haak, here are 3 must-do things for every woman after having s*x.
1. Use the Bathroom—but Only If You Actually Have to Pee
You’ve probably heard that heading to the toilet pronto after s*x will help you avoid a urinary tract infection (UTI) because it rinses away E. coli bacteria that may have moved toward your urethra during cex. (One in five women deal with the uncomfortable infection at least once in their lives, according to the National Kidney Foundation, and for some women, they can become a recurrent problem.) But peeing ASAP as protection is largely a myth, says Lauren Streicher, MD, a clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the author of cex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best S ex Ever, who notes that no large studies have shown it to have protective benefits. So if you don’t need to pee right after intercourse, don’t rush to the bathroom—waiting until you actually have to go, whether it’s 20 minutes or an hour later, won’t up your risk of a UTI, says Streicher. Instead, stay in bed and follow the next tip.