Having sex with multiple partners is not only dangerous, it’s also nerve-wracking. Turns out, the weirdness isn’t just in your head: Sex with a new partner can actually freak out your vagina. And we’re not talking about STDs.
What do you mean, it “freaks out?”
There’s a healthy balance of bacteria in your vagina—just like in your gut—and when it comes in contact with an unfamiliar “package,” that balance can get thrown off.
This imbalance may then lead to a host of side effects such as a change in pH, odours, bacterial vaginosis (a.k.a. BV, a super common infection), urinary tract infections, yeast infections, burning, and itching.
What can you do to prevent it?
Keep just one partner by waiting until you’re married!
Below are some sexual hygiene practices you should always do to keep your vagina balanced:
- Peeing or washing your vagina with water after sex can help cleanse the vagina and keep bacteria balanced. Just don’t douche, which can further upset the vagina’s pH levels and bacteria.
- Refrain from sex if you cut yourself shaving.
- Wash your hands before and after sex. Bacteria from the fingers, mouth, and rectum can increase your chance of developing a yeast or bacterial infection. Hands and fingers need special attention before being sexually active. Your hands and fingers are overwhelmingly dirty with unwelcomed bacteria.