Fantastic nights are often followed by hellish morning afters. While this is definitely true for tipsy nights, you’d hope it wouldn’t apply to a night of great sex, too. But it’s easy to get carried away and saddled with some less-than-flattering souvenirs. Here, some of the most common awkward downsides to getting down, and how to deal with them.
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Seriously uncomfortable and often painful, the UTI is a unique breed of pain in the ass that refuses to be ignored, like creeps who sneak up from behind to grind on you in clubs. Or taxes. Many will tell you cranberry juice will help, but unfortunately once you’ve gotten a UTI, the only way to truly get rid of it is with antibiotics. Hit up the clinic, sister.
A hot makeout session can result in unwanted souvenirs like a giant hickey, bruise or scratch. The best way to hide anything is to cover it up, but if it’s a hickey, apply ice to it as soon as possible. Brushing it lightly with a toothbrush (weird but true) or applying toothpaste can sometimes help make it less noticeable, too. Then load on the concealer!
Sprains & pulled muscles
If it’s seriously painful, get whatever’s hurting checked out to make sure you didn’t break or tear anything (that’d be a story to tell). Otherwise, alternate between icing and heating whatever you’ve sprained or pulled and keep stretching and moving around. Basically, suck it up and give it time.
By far the scariest sex complication is realizing your condom’s betrayed you. Whether it broke, slipped off or got stuck inside you, you have to start thinking about damage control as soon as possible. If you use another method of birth control as backup (like the Pill), then you’re probably fine. If not, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Luckily, Plan B is now available over-the-counter, but it’s definitely a last resort.