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Personal hygiene tips for better intimacy
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Personal hygiene tips for better intimacy

Maintaining good personal hygiene is crucial when it comes to enjoying satisfying intimate relationships. Experts share lesser-known tips for a healthy sexual life

9 personal hygiene tips for a healthy sexual life

Intimacy lies in the chemistry of attraction and the delicate balance of physical and emotional bonding. But in the pursuit of a healthy sexual life, personal hygiene can be a potent aphrodisiac. 

The scent of your body can entice your partner toward intimacy. However, if the same pleasing smell turns into an odor, it’s a no-brainer how it can affect your sexual life. Additionally, personal hygiene, if ignored for a long time, increases the chances of infections and can lead to infertility in severe cases.

How can personal hygiene boost sexual intimacy?

Experts share some insights and tips on sexual hygiene that you may have ignored or been unaware of.

1. Cold showers boost libido

Mohsin says that a cold shower has been shown to increase testosterone production, boost libido, and improve overall strength and energy. According to a study published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, cold water immersion showed a five percent increase in the testosterone levels of men. 

2. Wear loose clothes and go panty-free!

“Hot and sweaty places are breeding grounds spots for bacteria and yeast. Therefore, wearing loose-fitting cotton clothes is a better option in bed than tight underwear or pantyhoses,” adds Saluja. “They facilitate air circulation and absorb moisture”.

Mohsin says that skipping wearing underwear is the best option while in bed.

3. Keep drinking water and empty your bladder

Emptying out your bladder is a good practice before sex, according to both experts. They say that bacteria can enter into your urethra, (the tube that carries urine out of the body) which can increase the chances of infections. When you pee, you flush the germs out. So enjoy the cuddling and then head to the bathroom.

“But don’t forget to drink water after that,” reminds Mohsin. The more you hydrate, the more urine you pass, and more bacteria get thrown out,” she says.

4. Pubic hair has a purpose, too!

Saluja says that during sexual intimacy, it is natural for partners to touch each other’s body parts. However hairy and unkempt body parts can be a huge turn-off and become a breeding ground for germs. Thus, it is imperative to shave off the hair or keep it neatly trimmed.

“While this is a good practice, pubic hair does serve some purpose. Pubic hair releases pheromones, that help people attract each other,” points out Mohsin.

5. Go chemical-free down there

“Oral sex is a significant element of sexual intimacy, but unclean and smelly organs can make partners hesitant and reluctant,” says Saluja. She advises taking a shower to banish body odor and feel refreshed before the act.

According to Saluja, being physically intimate puts you into contact with the skin and body fluids of each other’s bodies, which can contain viruses or bacteria. Hence, she insists on a few things to be mindful of for a healthy sexual life.

  • Wash the area around (not inside) your genitals gently with plain warm water. Mild soaps can also be used. However, in case of sensitive skin or an existing infection, chemicals in the soap may irritate the skin.
  • Men with foreskin should gently pull it back and wash underneath it.
  • Many women clean the insides of their vagina after sex with water or fluids. This process is known as douching. However, a lesser-known fact is that douching can lead to more infections because it upsets the natural balance of bacteria protecting the vagina. The best way to take care of the vagina after sex is to leave it alone as it cleans itself naturally. Mohsin, however, draws attention to the fact that a mild smell is normal and may not be a sign of a problem. “Along with douches, there are many wipes, creams, and sprays available to freshen up the private areas. But some of these may contain harsh chemicals or perfumes that irritate your skin,” she says and further cautions people to avoid scented tampons, pads, panty liners, powders, and sprays.

6. Wash front to back

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are common in women and must not be ignored,” informs Mohsin. “They can easily lead to a kidney infection. Hence, it is crucial to always wash from front to back before and after getting intimate so that germs from the anus don’t travel up the vagina or urethra,” she advises. The sexual wellness expert also asks women to ensure that the anus is always the last part of their body to be washed so that germs from there don’t reach other parts of the body.

7. Sex toys need some attention

Saluja insists that cleaning sex toys after use is a crucial element of sexual hygiene. If left unclean between uses, fungi, viruses, and bacteria can hang around and pass on infections or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The coach from Mumbai also adds that is it advisable to get tested regularly for any infections or diseases, especially if symptoms like itching, thick white discharge, or burning are experienced.

8. A mouthful of freshness

“A smelly mouth is one of the major reasons for discomfort during sex. It is, therefore, best that you brush your teeth before you get cozy. The other way to get rid of the smell is by taking some mouth freshener or chewing a mint,” says Radha Saluja, a Mumbai-based intimacy coach.

9. Nail it!

According to Hyderabad-based sexual wellness expert Sheeba Mohsin, the most important personal hygiene tip for a healthy sexual life is to keep your hands and nails clean. If the hands or nails are dirty, they are likely to carry harmful microbes in them.

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