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Avoid an unwanted pregnancy by doing these 5 things after unprotected sex

Unprotected sex comes with a whole lot of stress and the trouble of unwanted infections and pregnancies. To prevent them all, just remember to do these five things right after sex.
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Make sure you practice safe and responsible sex. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Nikita Bhardwaj Published: 24 Jul 2021, 16:00 pm IST
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Most of us know that having unprotected sex is a big NO for obvious reasons. But at times, in the spur of the moment, you get carried away into the act and end up risking it all. But the good news is even if you do, there are a few things that you do right after sex to avert problems like vaginal infections and unwanted pregnancies.

Here’s how you can help yourself:

1. Go to the bathroom immediately

Yes, you heard it right! This should be done to remove lingering fluids from the vagina, penis, or anus. Thus, you will feel comfortable and will be able to get rid of the bacteria that can invite a urinary tract infection (UTI). Just pee to remove any fluids out of the body. But, remember that peeing won’t reduce the risk of pregnancy, as the sperm has already travelled toward the egg. Wipe yourself from front to back to avoid infections.

2. Avoid douching

Washing and drying the genital areas thoroughly can be hygienic and good for you. But you will be shocked to know that vaginal or anal douching can make you fall prey to infections. So, don’t do it at all. Avoid scented sprays and powders down there.

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Douching can cause an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Keep an eye down there

“Sex without a condom or other barrier method will invite unwanted problems or pregnancy. Hence, you will have to stay in touch with your doctor and do as the expert suggests. Keep a watch on anything abnormal down there. Do not neglect symptoms such as watery discharge, unusual odour, pain, swelling, itching, or irritation down there. You may get sexually transmitted infections (STIs), have yeast infections, or even bacterial vaginosis,” says Dr Sapna Chaudhari (Jain), consultant obstetrician & gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital Kharghar.

So, be careful. If the pregnancy is a matter of concern, take emergency contraception after consulting a doctor. Drink a lot of water, so that you pee more and get rid of the bacteria down there.

4. Take charge of your mental well-being

You may feel anxious, low, frustrated, stressed or even depressed after unprotected sex, as it may lead to issues like infections, allergies, and STIs. So, don’t worry, just stay in touch with your expert, engage in activities that you like, in order to stay calm and composed.

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Don’t let your mental health suffer, just keep in touch with medical care. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Get tested as recommended by the doctor

“If you are worried about your sexual health after having unprotected sex, then without wasting any time, you need to take the help of an expert who will advise you on tests to detect sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) early on. This will help to get early treatment. Watch out for blisters, lumps or sores near the genitals,” suggests Dr Sapna.

Try to stay vigilant and take necessary steps to avoid unwanted issues. If you have missed your period after unprotected sex, just bring it to the notice of your doctor.

So ladies, if you have risked it all, keep these tips handy and don’t waste time at all.

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