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9 after-sex effects that women shouldn’t ignore

Post-sex, both your body and mind could have certain reactions. Here are 9 after-sex effects that you shouldn't ignore.
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Aayushi Gupta Updated: 27 Oct 2023, 11:53 am IST
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Have you ever felt uncomfortable and itchy after a sexual intercourse? This could be one of the common symptoms you experience after having sex. A steamy sex session could leave you with a physical and emotional high, But many after-sex effects should not be ignored since they may indicate an underlying medical concern.

Health Shots got in touch with Dr Sujata Mukherjee, associate consultant in obstetrics and gynecology, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur, Kolkata, to understand which after sex effects you should not take lightly.

Common after sex effects in female

1. Burning sensation

Experiencing a burning sensation after sex is common but not normal. It can be mild to more intense. While experiencing a burning sensation post-sex once in a while is nothing to worry about, experiencing it often can be an indication of an underlying cause. It could be because of an allergic reaction, excessive friction during intercourse and a sign of infection. Using lubrication and protection can help alleviate this issue. You can also consult a healthcare provider if this symptom persists or worsens.

2. Spotting

Spotting, or light vaginal bleeding after sex, is common. But it can be a sign of a medical condition as well. It can be a result of vaginal dryness due to which during intercourse minor vaginal tears can cause spotting. Cervical polyps, which are growths on the cervix that can bleed when irritated during sexual activity, can also be a cause.

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Consult your doctor if problem persist. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

3. Vaginal itching

Vaginal itching can be uncomfortable and indicates various vaginal problems. It could be a symptom of a yeast infection or sexually transmitted infections (STI), like herpes. In fact, vaginal itching post-intercourse could also be because of sensitivity to lubricants and condoms. If itching persists, it’s essential to consult a healthcare provider to determine the cause.

4. Muscle cramps

Experiencing muscle cramps or discomfort after sex, especially in the pelvic area, is not uncommon. These cramps are often due to the intense physical activity involved during intercourse. If severe cramps persist for an extended period, it might also be indicative of an underlying issue, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. So, it is advisable to check with your doctor.

5. Headache

Sexual activity can sometimes trigger headaches, and these are commonly referred to as “sex headaches”. These headaches can be mild to severe and happen due to the release of certain chemicals and muscle tension during sexual activity. If you frequently experience post-sex headaches, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice.

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Headache is common post sex. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

6. Mood swings

Mood swings after sex can be caused by psychological reasons. According to Dr Sujata Dutta, “It could be due to postcoital dysphoria, a type of condition in which women go through mood swings and become unhappy after having consensual sex.” It was noticed quite frequently in 5 percent of the women in the research.

7. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

There are many people who suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs) post-sexual activity. Sexual activity can introduce bacteria into the urethra and urinary tract, leading to infection. Common symptoms of a UTI include a frequent urge to urinate, burning during urination, and lower abdominal pain. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to a more severe infection, potentially affecting the kidneys.

8. Change in odour

A change in vaginal odour after sex is not necessarily a cause for concern, as the vagina has a natural scent that can vary throughout the menstrual cycle. However, a persistent, foul, or fishy odour may be indicative of an underlying issue, such as bacterial vaginosis or an STI. If you notice a sudden change in odour, consult with healthcare.

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A change in vaginal odour can due to several reaosns. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

9. Vaginal pain

Experiencing vaginal pain after sex is a signal that should not be ignored. It can result from various factors, including insufficient lubrication, sensitivity, or underlying gynecological issues. Pain during intercourse may also be associated with conditions like endometriosis or vaginismus. If you consistently experience post-sex vaginal pain, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional to diagnose and address the cause.

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About the Author

Aayushi Gupta is a health writer with a special interest in trends related to diet, fitness, beauty and intimate health. With around 2 years of experience in the wellness industry, she is connected to leading experts and doctors to provide our readers with factually correct information. ...Read More

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