Oh no! Having Diarrhea After Sex! Know The Truth Yourself

You enjoyed a pleasurable night. But you can’t stop going to the washroom the next day. You visited the restroom at least three times already. As your uncalled friend diarrhea has come. 

So, are you facing diarrhea after sex

Diarrhea after sex can be due to various reasons. The causes might include shigelIosis, giardia infection, amebiasis, emotional response and unprotected sex. It’s not something fatal. But ignoring it also is not a good idea. Don’t fret! There are also solutions to tackle this situation.

Worry not if you are shy to discuss this topic with close ones. I have discussed the causes and solutions in a simple way. So, let’s hop right into the article. I assure you that you won’t regret it. 

The emotions that stir up during sex can range from excitement to anxiety. This puts an effect on the stomach and pelvic muscles after sex. Hence this leads to gastrointestinal distress. 

What Is Diarrhea? 

After going to the restroom you saw a loose and watery stool. And you visited the toilet at least three times that day. This situation indicates diarrhea. 

Other symptoms found in diarrhea are : 

  • Pain around the abdomen area.
  • Serious need to visit the washroom. 
  • Feeling bloated. 
  • Nausea and vomiting
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Causes of Diarrhea After Sex 

Diarrhea after sex can be due to various reasons. Let’s see the most common causes. 

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Shigellosis 

Shigellosis is an infectious disease. It’s causative agent is Shigella flexneri bacteria. The main reason for shigellosis is eating contaminated foods. 

The steamy session on the bed can also cause shigellosis. Shigella transmits through the following ways after sex: 

  • By mouth-anus contact. 
  • If you put condoms or sex toys in your mouth that is infected by poo particles. 
  • To use a condom during anal sex but you touch the condom later on. 
  • Touching yourself or your partner’s private area and then touching your mouth. 
  • Men who have sex with men are at a higher risk zone. 
  • If an infected person visits the washroom and doesn’t wash the hands appropriately 
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The symptoms of shigellosis are: 

Emotional Response 

Daily tension about your sexual life can cause your abdominal and pelvic muscle to tense up. 

The emotions that stir up during sex can range from excitement to anxiety. This puts an effect on the stomach and pelvic muscles after sex. Hence this leads to gastrointestinal distress. 

The symptoms include: 

  • Bloating 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Nausea 
  • Abdominal cramps 
  • Lack of appetite 

Unprotected Sex 

During unprotective sex, the prostaglandins contained in semen can give female partner diarrhea. 

Prostaglandins are a chemical compound found in semen. 

Prostaglandins cause uterine and intestinal smooth muscles to contract. Quick contraction of intestinal muscles can give you diarrhea. 

Giardia Infection 

Giardia infection is also known as giardiasis. This is an intestinal disease. The causative factor is the Giardia lamblia parasite. 

People who have unprotected oral-anal or anal sex are prone to giardiasis. This can lead to foul-smelling diarrhea after sex. 

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Other indications of giardiasis are: 

  • Stomach cramps 
  • Bloating 
  • Nausea 
  • Fatigue 
  • Weight loss 
  • Headache 

Amebiasis 

Amebiasis is an infectious disease of the intestine. The causative agent is Entamoeba histolytica. 

Mouth and hand contact during sex with stool can lead to amebiasis. Men who have sex with men are at higher risk. 

During this pandemic, we learned to wash hands for 30 seconds with soaps. Let’s follow that in our daily lives. You and your partner both should understand the importance of hand hygiene.

Symptoms can begin within a few days of exposure. The symptoms are: 

  • Diarrhea 
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea 
  • Rectal pain while having bowel movement 
  • Weight loss
  • Fever 
  • Loss of appetite 

Solutions of Diarrhea After Sex 

Diarrhea after sex ruins your mood for another passionate night. There are some easy solutions for this which you can follow: 

Hand Hygiene 

Maintaining clean hands is very important. It can protect you from diarrhea. 

Please wash your hands properly every time you visit the washroom. Don’t be in a hurry. Take your time to wash your hands. 

During this pandemic, we learned to wash hands for 30 seconds with soaps. Let’s follow that in our daily lives. You and your partner both should understand the importance of hand hygiene. If one’s hand is not wash properly, then traces of stool can be there.

Therefore, it’s important to wash your hands properly.

You should always wash your hands before and after sex with soaps. Make hand hygiene the foremost rule before and after sex. 

Have Protective Sex 

Condoms are an easily available barrier for protective sex. They can reduce sexually transmitted diseases also. 

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Using condoms can protect you from excessive prostaglandins released into your uterus. So, always use the condom in the right way. It will save you from the runs in the toilet. 

But you should discard the condoms immediately after sex. After touching the used condoms, wash your hands with soaps. 

Have a Time Gap 

Wait until you or your partner’s diarrhea is completely gone. You should wait for at least two weeks. 

Don’t have too much sex in a little amount of time. This can give you momentary pleasure. 

But you will become besties with the washroom. 

It is ideal to avoid sex for some weeks even after you and your partner are recovered from diarrhea. 

Cleanliness of All Aspects 

Only clean hands are not efficient to protect you from diarrhea after sex. 

You need to wash your genital areas after sex. 

If you are using sex toys be sure to wash them also. Wash these with soap and water. 

Change your bed sheet also if it’s a semen stain. It’s best to take a shower after having sex. 

Hydration 

Once you are having diarrhea after sex you should take plenty of fluids. Increase your amount of fluid intake. After diarrhea there is great loss of sodium and chloride from your body.

You should drink about 10-12 glasses of water. Dehydration due to diarrhea can be very risky. So, you should drink water frequently. 

Generally medications aren’t required for diarrhea. But over the counter drugs are available for diarrhea. You can have Loperamide, which helps your body to absorb more liquid.

You can also drink fruit juices to restore your potassium level. Besides, you can also include:

  • Electrolyte drinks
  • Soup broth
  • Healthy sports drinks 

There are some drinks which you should obviously avoid during diarrhea. Some of them are:

  • Alcohol 
  • Very hot drinks 
  • Drinks having caffeine 
  • Carbonated drinks 
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Recovery Foods 

Visiting the washroom too frequently is quite frustrating. You need to recover quickly from diarrhea after sex. Bland foods can help you to recover quickly.

Foods that help with recovery are:

  • Ripe bananas 
  • Rice porridge 
  • Apple sauce 
  • Boiled chicken 
  • Boiled potatoes 
  • Skinless turkey 

The famous diet followed during recovery from diarrhea is the BRAT diet. It includes:

  • Bananas 
  • Rice 
  • Apple sauce 
  • Toast 

This diet shouldn’t be followed for more than 02 days. As there are not all the nutrients required for the body present in this diet. 

Don’t mix any spices or seasonings with your foods. Keep your food as bland as you can.

You should also avoid these food while recovering from diarrhea:

  • Spicy foods 
  • Greasy foods 
  • High fatty foods 
  • Fructose containing foods 
  • Dairy products 
  • Raw fruits and vegetables 

Medications 

Generally medications aren’t required for diarrhea. But over the counter drugs are available for diarrhea. You can have Loperamide, which helps your body to absorb more liquid. 

Besides, you can take Paracetamol and Ibuprofen if you are having a period of headache also. 

But if your diarrhea persists for a longer period, you should take medications after consulting your doctor. 

When to Call Your Doctor? 

Diarrhea after sex usually recover with proper hydration and recovery foods.But sometimes you need to call your friendly doctor. Visit your nearby doctor if you face following situations: 

  • Blood in your watery stool 
  • If you have black watery stool
  • Severe pain in your abdomen region
  • Having a fever of 102 degree Fahrenheit or more
  • Having bloody vomit. 
  • Not getting better within 48 hours of having diarrhea
  • Severe dehydration

You should not ignore if your diarrhea after sex is followed by any of above conditions. Visit your nearest doctor as soon as you can. Then follow the doctor’s advice and medications accordingly. 

FAQs 

How long does diarrhea last? 

In adults, diarrhea lasts not more than a week. You can see improvement with in 2 to 4 days in diarrhea after sex. 

Be sure to take lots of liquids and follow a bland diet. 

What is the best drink for diarrhea? 

The best drink for diarrhea is water. It’s easily available and also free of cost. 

Large amount of fluid from the body goes away after diarrhea. So, you should increase your fluid intake. This can easily be done by increasing your water intake. 

How much diarrhea indicates severe diarrhea a day? 

Having more than 03 times watery stool a day  is considered diarrhea. But if it’s more than 10 times a day it’s severe diarrhea. 

Contact your doc as soon as you can if you are having severe diarrhea after sex.

End Words 

Diarrhea after sex can hamper your sexual life. But it’s not a serious matter. You can overcome this by maintaining simple hygiene and etiquettes. 

If diarrhea after sex doesn’t recover within 48 hours you must visit the doctor. Remember, to follow the pandemic protocols while enjoying your sex life. 

Always wear a mask. Don’t forget to wash your hands. Stay healthy, Take care of yourself and also your partner. Adios!

Anika Binte Asad

Anika Binte Asad

I am 4th year student from Armed Forces Medical College, Bangladesh. Trying to explore medical arena more through writing content. In my free time, I like to watch K dramas and anime. Hope people of any sector will be benefited from my content.

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