Things to Do After Sex with No Protection

Medically reviewed by | By

Update Date 09/12/2019 . 2 mins read

Even in these days when contraceptive methods have become widely available and affordable, unprotected sex still happens a lot due to unpreparedness or accidents. Fortunately, morning-after options are here to help:

Plan B

Didn’t plan ahead? No worries! Plan B has your back. Plan B is a hormonal method for emergency contraception. It can prevent ovulation and fertilization if taken within three days of unprotected sex. Plan B can be bought at any drugstores. Experts advise women to keep Plan B pills around in case of emergency. However, some women may experience side effects such as nausea, tiredness, headache, and breast tenderness.

Besides morning-after pills, you may have a copper IUD to prevent pregnancy. This device has to be placed by a doctor within five days after unprotected intercourse. IUDs work by thickening the cervical mucus and preventing sperms from entering. The good thing about IUDs is that once they are in place, they’re good to go for up to 10 years or more.

Get STD tests

When it comes to STDs, there’s nothing much you can do after a wild night. However, there are still steps to treat and manage the condition. If you have had unprotected sex, you need to test for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B and C virus within 2 weeks. HIV and hepatitis may take longer before they can appear in the test. So, even if the results come back negative, you need another test after 6 months to be sure. If you think you may have HIV, you may take a prophylactic course of antiretrovirals. But this should only be recommended in high-risk cases such as rape.

Monitor for pregnancy

Morning-after pills are not 100% effective against pregnancy. There is still a chance you may get pregnant. Thus, you have to pay attention to how your body is doing. It’s worth mentioning that emergency pills may cause spotting and irregular menstruation, which makes it even harder to predict pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test if your period is too late. The earlier you know about your pregnancy, the more time you have for deciding what to do next.

What not to do after unprotected sex?

Many women try to douche after they have had unprotected sex, believing that it helps clear up sperm and virus. To their disappointment, douching cannot prevent pregnancy or STDs. You are not doing yourself any favor by douching. Moreover, if you douche, you may increase your risk of pelvic infections because douching disrupts the bacterial balance in your vagina.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Read also:

Was this article helpful for you ?
happy unhappy"
Sources

You might also like

What Influences The Sexual Intimacy Of Malaysia’s Elderly?

Sexual intimacy is a basic, lifelong need of the human species and it has a lot of benefit. What determines elderly sexual intimacy in Malaysia?

Medically reviewed by Panel Perubatan Hello Doktor
Written by Ahmad Wazir Aiman Mohd Abdul Wahab
Elderly Care, Healthy Living 04/04/2019 . 3 mins read

The Hookup Culture: Hidden Dangers That People Are Subscribing To

The hookup culture (uncommitted sexual intercourse) has never been made easier thanks to the advent of dating applications and the general openness of modern men and women alike on the separation between sex and ...

Medically reviewed by Panel Perubatan Hello Doktor
Written by Ahmad Wazir Aiman Mohd Abdul Wahab
Sex & Relationships, Healthy Living 22/03/2019 . 4 mins read

‘Grow Some Balls’ – Here’s Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Among the guys, they would usually tell each other to ‘grow some balls’ as a euphemism for bulking up or telling someone to be braver in the face of a hurdle (or a dare). It can be used as an expression ...

Medically reviewed by Panel Perubatan Hello Doktor
Written by Ahmad Wazir Aiman Mohd Abdul Wahab
Men's Health, Healthy Living 28/02/2019 . 3 mins read

Painless Genital Ulcer? Don’t Ignore It!

In the age of social media and dating applications, having sex with someone you met online has never been easier. While it may be mutual and casual, increased in frequency of sexual activities and number of partners ...

Medically reviewed by Panel Perubatan Hello Doktor
Written by Ahmad Wazir Aiman Mohd Abdul Wahab

Recommended for you

erectile

Erection Problems? Get to Know Erectile Dysfunction and Improve Your Treatment Outcome with Oral Therapy

Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel
Written by Aaron Joseph Sta Maria
Published on 17/09/2020 . 3 mins read
erectile dysfunction

The Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Mythbuster!

Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel
Written by Aaron Joseph Sta Maria
Published on 17/09/2020 . 3 mins read
sex migraine

Can Sex Really Help with Migraine Relief?

Medically reviewed by Dr. Joseph Tan
Written by Aaron Joseph Sta Maria
Published on 08/04/2020 . 3 mins read
migraine-relief-sex

Whoa! Can Sex Really Help Relief Your Migraine?

Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel
Written by Aaron Joseph Sta Maria
Published on 23/10/2019 . 2 mins read