Imagine you just had sex with your partner or somebody totally random. But what happens next?
You’ve figured out the ins and outs of coitus, the power relations and pushing of erotic boundaries. Just like the golden rule in accounting, you know what goes in and what comes out.
But regardless of how experienced you are underneath the covers, there will always be scenarios that will have you raising an eyebrow or two.
In reality, most of these things are normal!
And that’s the reason we’ve come up with a list of the most common things that happen to your body after sex, which will blow your mind.
1. Leakage may occur post-coitus
No, we ain’t talking about female ejaculation. We are talking about semen.
If you have sex without protection, and you notice mild leakage of sperm out of your vagina – post-sex – know that there is nothing to worry about. Your vagina can take only so much sperm.
Take it as a compliment that your man was so into you that he gushed like a geyser.
So, witnessing leakage is normal.
To avoid this situation, the first thing to do is to urinate immediately after sex. Also, you can wash it all away from your vaginal area to keep it squeaky clean.
2. Looking flushed will be normal
Ever noticed reddish-pink rashes either on your face, chest, vaginal area or the entire body, especially after sex? Well, that’s because you just had sex.
It’s not measles.
The patches/rashes are caused by increased blood flow to the skin. This occurrence lasts only a few minutes. Although, sometimes it stays put for over an hour post-orgasm.
3. Cramps might make their presence known
Sex can be fun, full of games, and provide a lot of pleasure. But it can also be painful. After sex, some women experience abdominal pain that they best describe as menstrual-like cramps.
And then there are a few whose lower abdomen hurts after an orgasm. There are several reasons why this phenomenon occurs. But the common cause is your partner hitting your cervix during the sex, which can lead to pain afterwards.
Stomach cramps after intercourse are a normal occurrence.
Especially if it is mild. If the pain is extreme or constant, it is best to go see a gynaecologist.
4. Your body switches off almost immediately
If you doze off after sex, you ain’t the only one. One of the many reasons you are feeling so exhausted is because of what your mind and body go through during and after the activity.
Your body turns itself into a chemistry lab.
The moment you finally release all the fluids, your brain gets off too. It does so by releasing plenty of neurochemicals.
Two major culprits here are prolactin that brings in the drowsiness, and vasopressin that eases out the stress.
5. Itching in your groin
When you itch immediately after sex, alarm bells may go off. But it’s nothing to worry about. Itching/irritation is caused in the vaginal area by the friction that takes place during sexual activity.
One reason could be the stubble of pubic hair causing skin irritation as it rubs against a partner. Another reason can be because of the latex condoms or lubrication one uses can cause the allergens to act up.
If this problem doesn’t settle, a trip to your doctor may well be worth it.
6. It will smell funky
It is quite natural to have a funky odour after sex. Why wouldn’t it?
When two types of secretion occur with different pH levels-vaginal fluids with a lower level and semen with a higher level, respectively, the combination can cook up an unfamiliar odour.
Besides, the groin area has plenty of sweat glands similar to armpits.
Hence, it gets sweaty down below during intercourse.
But, if the odour comprises something fishy/foul, check with the doctor, because that is not common.
7. Vagina swells up
Once you’ve done the deed, you may notice that your lady parts look bigger than usual. This happens for several reasons: friction caused during sex, vagina not being lubed enough, or just the plain old arousal.
When aroused, the vaginal area swells up and gets wet. It’s part of the sexual activity. Although, it is advised that you see a doctor if the swelling doesn’t subside.
We are sure that you must have encountered one or more of these problems at one point or another. Now, you know it’s normal.
However, if any of these responses make you feel uncomfortable, a gynae visit never hurt anyone.