It sucks to admit it, but sometimes, your sex life isn’t a good thing. In fact, it can be a bad thing. Not the sex itself, but what it can do to your body. Having sex can be fun and all, but certain aspects of it can be dangerous and even harmful. You might think that, hey, maybe a little itchiness and swelling after sex is normal, but it can be the sign of a larger problem, one that might negatively affect your health.
I know it’s scary, but you need to know the difference between what is “normal” when it comes to sex, and what is actually harmful. Some things are fine, like a little bit of itching, but there are some other little signs that your sex life is kind of ruining your life (or at least making it a little bit worse). That doesn’t mean you have to STOP having sex, it just means you need to be a little careful so you don’t keep getting hurt. If the following things happen to you, it could mean that your sex life is actually hurting you, so be sure to check them out:
It Gives You A Lot Of UTIsSome people are more susceptible to UTIs in general, but if you're getting them a LOT, it could mean you need to make some changes to your sex life. When you have sex, there is a lot of stuff happening and bacteria going you-know-where, so you want to be sure to clean up well and pee after sex. Also, if it ever starts to hurt, you need to stop right away, because that can make your UTI worse. Image Source: iStock
It Makes Your Vagina SwollenIt is normal for your vagina to get a LITTLE swollen after sex, but if it stays that way, it could be the sign of a larger problem, like an infection or even an allergy. If your vagina is constantly getting swollen after sex, you should get checked out. Image Source: iStock
It Can Cause A Pelvic FractureThere are other ways to get a pelvic fracture besides sex, but it can happen through intercourse. If it DOES happen, it can be very painful and take a long time to heal. The good news is that it's pretty rare and only happens if you're having very rough sex, so just be careful. Image Source: iStock
Lotion and Lube Can Mess You UpIt can be ~sexy~ to rub some lotion on your partner, but if that lotions somehow gets inside of you, it can cause an awful sensation. A lot of lotions have fragrances and harmful ingredients that should never go near your vag, so if you're using lotion before/during sex, it can cause burning and itching, which is not fun and not safe. Image Source: iStock
It Can Trigger A Dairy AllergyI know this is weird, but if you have a dairy allergy, it can actually affect your sex life. Certain condoms have Casein on them, which is powder-like substance that is made up of dairy products, which means that if you have a dairy allergy, it can cause an allergic reaction IN your vagina. Also, most condoms aren't vegan. The more you know. Image Source: iStock
Sex Can Cause HivesDid you know you can be allergic to sperm? Well, you can. And it can make you break out in hives. You might think it's normal to get a little red and sweaty after sex, but if you start breaking out in hives, you could be allergic to something, whether it's the condom you used, the type of lube or even your partner's sperm. If this happens every time you have sex, you need to get checked out. Image Source: iStock
Warming Lube Is TrickyIt IS normal to try different types of lube, like warming or cooling lube, but if it feels TOO warm, you might be having an allergic reaction, which can be super uncomfortable. Before you have sex, be sure to check the ingredients of your lube to make sure it's nothing that can hurt you. Your best bet is to use anything water-based. Image Source: iStock
It Can Cause More CrampsYou might think that your cramping is period-related, but it can actually be sex-related. If you always get cramping after sex, it could be your partner is going too deep and hitting your cervix, which can cause pain and discomfort. If you ever feel pain after or during sex, be sure to tell your partner to stop you can can address the situation. Image Source: iStock
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