After a moment of intimacy with your partner, you're probably relaxing and processing what just happened. You're likely not thinking about how to take care of your body immediately after a rendezvous, which means you might be making some surprising health mistakes post-sex. Most people don't discuss proper after-intimacy protocol, but are some important things to be aware of that can help improve your health if you're sexually active.
"When we talk about physical intimacy it's important to recognize that there are various forms of physical affection which can be displayed, and we must always think about how being intimate with someone in any capacity may impact our health," says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, M.D., M.S. over email. "Certain actions can potentially pose a threat to ones' health, and there are surprising mistakes that some women tend to make after intimacy that may affect not only their sexual health, but also their overall well being."
You don't have to focus on hygiene immediately after you've finished a moment with your partner, but it's important to take the proper steps some point after intimacy to make sure you're protecting yourself and the person you are involved with. Here are 10 surprising health mistakes you could be making after intimacy.