We’re assuming, dear question-submitter, that you heard somewhere or believe that there’s a scientifically proven health benefit to urinating after sex. Perhaps your best friend told you, “Peeing after sex will kill any STDs the guy may have had.” Or maybe you believe the act of squatting over a toilet will have a gravitational pull on your man’s sperm, making it that much harder for them to impregnate you?
There’s a whole list of urban sex legends out there, which we’ll get to later. But to answer your question, should you pee after sex…? Sure. But only if you need to.
Some people really do have an urge to urinate after sex and that sensation could be happening for a couple of reasons:
- You’re drinking too much alcohol and/or too many caffeinated beverages—both are diuretics which increase your rate of urination.
- You may actually need to ejaculate, not pee. Some women ejaculate a white clear liquid from their urethra that is sometimes mistaken for urine. Female ejaculation is usually stimulated and associated with the massaging of the G-spot.
If you really do have to go, go ahead! Just don’t let it become a habit that will interfere with your experience after the orgasm. The time after sex should be a relaxing and enjoyed experience with your partner. Declaring, “I really have to pee!” and jumping out of the sack is not only unromantic, it spoils your post-sex euphoria.
Now, getting back to these sex myths. Going to the bathroom right after sex does not protect you against STDs and does not keep you from getting pregnant. Here’s why: A woman’s urethra passes urine while her vagina is the pathway for sperm (STDs and pregnancy). Although physically close, these two pathways are completely different parts of the body, with completely different functions. Pregnancy and STDs occur through sperm or bacteria in or around the vagina. If you’re having sex with a man, the best way to protect yourself from pregnancy and STIs is to use a condom.
The one thing that peeing after sex can do is to deter a urinary tract infection (UTI). Urinating right after sex can help clear your urethra of unwanted organisms that are lurking around and getting ready to become full blown infections. Some doctors advise that if you are prone to UTIs, peeing after sex can help keep an infection from beginning.
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