Does washing after intercourse prevent pregnancy? Know the most effective contraceptive methods!

Betting on good contraceptive methods is essential for anyone who wants to avoid pregnancy or postpone it. However, many common practices are seen as effective ways to prevent pregnancy and end up being popularized, such as the habit of washing private parts after sex. But, does washing after intercourse prevent real pregnancy? Urogynecologist Fernanda Freire talked to us about this technique and other contraceptive methods. Check out!

Is there a contraceptive method that doesn’t work? Is washing one of them?

According to the doctor. Fernanda, it is a myth that washing yourself after intercourse prevents pregnancy. “Do not avoid, because the sperm they already go to the uterus and tubes as soon as ejaculation occurs. In addition, the secretion that lubricates the penis during intercourse may also contain spermatozoa,” explains the urogynecologist. Therefore, relying only on hygiene does not guarantee any protection.

If your goal is really to avoid pregnancy, the ideal is to use contraceptive methods already established, such as sex with a condom, the contraceptive pill and even emergency methods, such as the morning after pill. “The most effective contraceptive method is the one that the person believes is the best for him, that he manages to use properly and fits into his lifestyle”, explains Dr. Fernanda.

“But statistically speaking, long-term methods (IUDs, contraceptive implants) and definitive methods (sterilization and vasectomy) are the most effective. There are no methods that do not work. We have less efficient methods based on studies. Methods such as table and coitus interruptus are less effective”, adds the doctor.

Does washing after intercourse have any advantages? Understand

Have you seen that the ideal is to use contraceptive methods considered effective by doctors (such as condom or the female condom, which also protect against ISTs). But, after all, although intimate washing is not efficient to prevent pregnancy, can it offer any advantage? “It is not interesting to perform ‘vaginal showers’ after intercourse, as it has already been proven that it modifies the vaginal flora and the pH of the vagina, making the person more susceptible to vulvovaginitis, such as candidiasis”, warns the urogynecologist.

Still talking about care after sex, according to Dr. Fernanda, “there is a medical advantage, but of low scientific evidence, in urinating after intercourse to prevent urinary tract infections”. That is, peeing and taking a good shower after intercourse, with a intimate hygiene simple enough to keep yourself clean and healthy after sex.


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