This isn’t something my tenth grade sex education course taught me; I discovered the importance of urinating after intercourse at a sleepover, where a friend of mine shared this helpful (and little-known) tip.

We all know that the vagina’s next-door neighbor is the anus, a similar hole with a worse occupation. With the function of the anus comes fecal bacteria (yuck). Combined with sex, some of that bacteria can be boosted up, towards the urethra.

In short, peeing right after sex can help prevent the spread of bacteria to the bladder, and which means it prevents UTIs!

Absolutely do not hold it in! No matter how great the cuddle sesh afterwards is, take a pause to use the bathroom. It’s totally worth the minute-and-a-half it might take if it means a UTI-free life.