Here are six pre-s*x no-nos you may want to take under consideration before your next roll in the hay.
1. Taking an Antihistamine e.g Procold
Antihistamines work by drying out your mucus membranes to relieve nasal congestion and in doing so, can also dry out other parts of your body, especially the v**ina. In a nutshell, no matter how turned on you might be, your vag will not get the memo.
2. Eating Spicy Foods
Foods can affect vaginal odor and taste. Super-spicy foods can cause gas, bloating, and farts that just won’t quit. What’s worse, the residue left on your hands and in your mouth post-nosh is notorious for setting private parts on fire.
3. Drinking Too Much
Sure, light drinking can put some people in the mood, but overdoing it can dull your senses—and may send your big O packing. Since alcohol is a known depressant, your ability to experience an climax may actually be diminished if you’re too buzzed.
4. Using an Electric Toothbrush
It sounds weird, but using an electric toothbrush and alcohol-based mouthwashes might make you more prone to STDs. Similar to sensitive vaginal mucosa, spinning bristles can cause tiny tears in the gums, and harsh, alcohol-based mouthwashes can dry out and irritate your mucosa, making it prone to sores and contracting STDs.
If you’re a woman who prefers trimming her hedges, it’s best to shave the night before nookie to give your skin a chance to heal. Shaving will exfoliate the top layer of the skin, making the area more sensitive. It can irritate hair follicles, causing a pink bumpy rash, and can cause tiny cuts, which would leave your skin open to potential infections, such as herpes and HPV. Use a multi-blade razor to get a closer shave in one swipe, and apply a thin layer of one percent hydrocortisone cream to reduce inflammation. Reapply the next morning if there are any signs of irritation hanging around.
6. Using Food as Foreplay
The chocolate sauce pre-game show is hot at the moment, but the post-s*x yeast infection? Not so much. Using anything with sugar in it as a lubricant (whether on purpose or not) can cause a yeast infection, as yeast thrives on sugar.
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