You know what to do before and during — here are few non-negotiables once the action has ended.
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, because it rinses away E. coli bacteria that may have moved toward your urethra during s*x. (One in five women deal with the uncomfortable infection at least once 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 s*x Rx — Hormones, Health, and Your Best s*x 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.