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Can washing the vagina after sex prevent pregnancy?

After having unprotected sex, Doreen was worried about getting pregnant. To prevent pregnancy, she washed her vagina twice a day for three weeks as advised by her friend Mwende. This was not a good idea as her vagina was quite unhappy.

She ended up developing reproductive health issues that forced her to visit the doctor.  

There is a common misconception that washing your vagina after sex is an effective method of preventing pregnancy.

Pregnancy occurs when sperm fertilizes an egg, typically within the fallopian tubes, and cleaning the vagina does not eliminate the chance of sperm reaching the egg.

Using harsh cleansing products such as scented soaps to clean the vagina can disrupt its natural pH balance and healthy bacteria. This can lead to irritation, infections, and other health issues.

It is important to note that the most reliable way to prevent pregnancy after sex is through the use of contraception such as emergency contraception, birth control pills, or intrauterine devices (IUDs). Each birth control method has specific instructions that must be followed for it to be effective. Emergency contraception, commonly known as the “morning-after pill,” is the most widely used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse.

It’s important to educate yourself about effective contraception methods and to consult with healthcare professionals to determine the best option based on individual health, preferences, and circumstances. Making informed choices and using reliable contraception consistently is key to preventing unwanted pregnancy.

Over to you, what weird methods have you ever engaged in to prevent pregnancy? Talk to us in the comments section.

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