This is why you should pee after sex if you have a vagina

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You might not have to interrupt after-sex cuddles for it either.
You might not have to interrupt after-sex cuddles for it either.
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One thing most of us can agree on is that sex is an extremely enjoyable experience.

Along with the fun, however, comes responsibility. Things like making sure you use protection to safeguard yourself from sexually transmitted diseases, using contraceptives to make sure you don’t have an unwanted baby, and getting to grips with after-sex care to ensure your vagina doesn’t get any infections – there’s a lot of very necessary admin.

One surprisingly contested postcoital practice is peeing after the deed. Is it absolutely necessary to interrupt your after-sex cuddles? If so, within what timeframe? And does everyone have to do it?

We’re here to answer all these questions.

Why should you pee after sex?

Peeing after sex is extremely helpful, but mostly for women or people with vaginas. 

Speaking to INSIDER, gynaecologist Dr Alyssa Dweck explains that the rectum, vagina and urethra (the tube that connects the bladder to the urethral opening) are in very close proximity in the female body. This means that during sex, bacteria can easily be introduced to the urethra either from the rectum area or from your partner. This bacteria may later cause urinary tract infections (UTIs).

According to Healthline, UTIs occur when bacteria enters the urinary tract, usually through your urethra, and travels to your bladder. But sex is not the only way you can get them.

Peeing after sex is not limited to when you have penetrative sex either. During other forms of sex such as oral sex, masturbation or using sex toys, bacteria can also be transferred to the urethra.

Should men pee too?

A woman’s urethra is closer to the bladder than it is for men. This makes it much easier for women to get UTIs.

Medical News explains that peeing after sex is less beneficial for men because their urethra is much longer.

How long after sex can you wait before needing to pee?

Thankfully, having to pee after sex does not need to interrupt after-sex cuddles.

Medical News Today explains that the perfect timeframe is within 30 minutes after sex, although doing it sooner is the best option.

If you’re struggling to pee, drinking a glass or two of water might be helpful. 

Can peeing after sex prevent STIs or pregnancy?

The vagina and the urethra are two different parts of the female anatomy. You do not pee through the vagina. This means that peeing cannot kill or “wash out” any virus or STI that has made its way into your body through sex.

According to Healthline, peeing after sex also won’t protect you from pregnancy. If semen has entered the vagina, there’s no going back. Sperm is already travelling upwards to try to fertilise an egg.

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