It's been a while since I did a tips post Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, just an owner of plumbing who cares about that plumbing's health. I hope most of these are obvious, but people surprise me, and sexual/genital health topics have been coming up weirdly often for me lately O.O So here's some of the stuff I've been taught, learned on my own, or otherwise picked up over the years. Maybe you learn something new, maybe you just get to feel smart for already knowing all of it, or maybe you have something to add in the comments! (there's a majority on female health here, as an owner of the inverted plumbing I've been exposed to and sought out more information on that subject. If you've got more tips for taking care of weiners, please share! I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT BUTTS AND PENISES AND STUFF NOW, IF THAT MAKES YOU UNCOMFY THEN THE BACK BUTTON IS RIGHT OVER THERE <3 Boys and girls, pee after sex. It 'flushes' your urethra of other fluids that can find their way in there while you're bumping uglies, and helps to prevent UTIs Girls, try not to use too many scented products (scented soaps, shaving cream, panty liners, pads, tampons, etc) on your cooch; the extra chemicals aren't good for it in continuous amounts; it needs to breathe clean air! Girls, try not to use abrasive (exfoliating) cloths or soaps on your business. It'll be fine with a soft cloth and mild soap; dudes, I'm only assuming the same is true for you. Be gentle with your bits! You ass-clowns out there, anal bacteria never touches the vajayjay or its associated vulva. Got it? Use a fresh condom, change gloves, whatever, but getting anal bacteria up in there is NASTY. Oh yeah, gloves. Condoms are not the only barrier you should make regular use of! Gloves for hand stuff, condoms for penis stuff, dental dams for oral stuff. Sterilize and/or wrap any, er 'aids' you're using, too. Safety is sexy! Sugary things on the genitals of either sex are a bad idea; yeast infections are gross, so if this is your kink, wash up ASAP afterwards. You CAN get pregnant during/right after your period, it's just less likely. Be safe and use protection Always check that your lube is compatible with your condom, or any other contraception/sex aids you may be using. Use lube. Seriously. It's not just for buttstuff, liberal use of lube can also help prevent small tearing in vaginal sex as well, even if you're naturally slick as a slip and slide. Many flavoured condoms are not intended for penetrative sex, just to protect oral participants from STIs and give a tasty flavour. Play it safe and switch condoms when it's time to stick it. Girls, don't wash your hoo-hah too often, it can leave you deficient of the chemicals needed for its natural cleaning system, and leave you vulnerable to infections. Your parts have an awesome self-cleaning feature, so let it do its job. Ladies, a regular system of diet and exercise (avoid severe and sudden changes) can help stave off bacterial/yeast infections. Your parts have a PH balance all their own that needs to be kept steady. Dudes, you CAN get yeast infections. Wrap that shit good if you want to do a lady who's in the middle of one, and make sure you keep your dong clean, too. Ladies, try not to suffocate your clams; wear underwear that can breathe, and give some consideration to your parts when it comes to tight pants/leggings that don't breathe, too. Ladies, don't stay in wet clothes (ie; a swimsuit) too long; switch to dry bottoms, at least, when you're done swimming. If you prefer hardwood floors to carpet, use a good shaving cream and apply a gentle, natural moisturizer, especially when you first start shaving the skin beneath can be irritable and sensitive; pamper it! Boys, a high processed food/cholesterol diet is bad for more than your heart and belly, it can result in thicker blood (high hemoglobin) which can in turn cause poor circulation in your manly bits! Eat your veggies! Girls, wipe from front to back (see previous note about the horrors of anal bacteria. Ladies, if you're nervous about the chemical properties of tampons/pads, or are scared of TSS (as you should be, it's a real and scary thing!), there are 'cleaner' alternatives out there. Google 'moon cup'. If something weird is going on down there, see a doctor. Talking to people about your genitals can be scary and embarrassing, but these people are professionals, and one appointment of embarrassment is better than letting an infection or STI rage on when you could be getting a prescription or other remedy. Even if it turns out to be nothing, you're better safe than sorry. Whelp, half past three in the morning and I'm posting about genital health. That's it for me! Hope this was educational or at least amusing to some of you. Oh, and let's all be grownups here; if you feel the need to giggle because I said 'vagina', start a 'genitals are funny!' thread or something. Stomping out genital-shaming (the embarrassment/shame associated with discussing genitals or sexual health) is an important thing to me; I believe that inhibitions regarding talking about our sexy bits are a big part of why sexual health problems are so common these days! And especially since as a child/young adolescent I was 100% deprived of sexual health education (ie: how condoms work, what an STI is and how they spread, what yeast/bacterial infections are, even the specifics of the menstrual cycle), I know how crazy it can be to discover all this stuff you should have been doing/knowing, years after you should have known it. So here I am sharing! If you've got something to say on the subject, any aspect of it, please share.