Bloating And Discomfort After Sex- Here's What You Need To Know
We’ve all known of the post-coital glow that some women have. Some others experience an intense euphoria, sadness, or even an urge to pee right after sex.However, one of the lesser-known consequences of sex are bloating and discomfort. Bloating can be painful and annoying. An uncomfortably distended belly can be a total downer for a woman when all she wants to do is snuggle close to her partner and drift into a sweet slumber.
In case you’ve felt the same way at some point in your life, or continue to do, read these top 3 reasons to know why you experience bloating after sex:
- Position of your uterus: Have you heard of the term ‘retroverted uterus’? Well, you’re not alone. If a woman has a retroverted uterus, then that means her uterus is tilted backwards. With such a condition, the uterus is expected to move and come in contact with other organs in the abdomen during sex, bringing along discomfort and bloating.
2. Digestive issues: If you have a history of irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, indigestion, flatulence or diarrhoea, unprotected sex may mean a little trouble in the ‘hood’. Semen is known to contain prostaglandins, a set of compounds that are generally released in tissues in cases of injuries, inflammation, and infection (also during menstruation), and induce contractions. Naturally, some women with a sensitive digestion experience bloating and cramping post-sex. Additionally, here’s what health coach, founder and CEO of Healthhunt, Pooja Duggal, has to say –
“The panacea to all bloating troubles is to not give your stomach a chance to distend in the first place; let’s be honest, the discomfort- lasting a few hours- is so not worth it! Here are a few tips that are sure to help:
a. Don’t swallow air – Chewing gum, smoking, talking while eating, eating too fast, and using straws can all cause bloating, as they cause you to swallow air. Fizzy drinks are another culprit, as the fizz can get trapped in your stomach.
b. PMS love – If your belly tends to bloat when you’re about to get your period, or when you’re on it, make sure you consume 1,000-1,200 mg of calcium, and 200-400 mg of magnesium daily.
c. Avoid the processed and the sugar-free – Most processed foods contain a lot of sodium, including frozen and canned foods, which can cause bloating. Sugar-free foods and drinks also cause bloating and gas.
d. Eat at regular intervals – Eating regular, small meals through the day will help you avoid overeating, and will also give you enough time to digest your meal before you eat more, thereby, keeping gas and bloating at a distance. Also avoid eating too close to bedtime.
e. Gas the gassy vegetables – Eating gassy vegetables such as beans or cruciferous vegetables, can cause bloating, especially if consumed at night”.
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3. Menstrual cycle: Your menstrual cycle may also have a role to play in your misery. Women tend to be bloated in general during or around the time of their periods. Sex during this time, therefore, may be the harbinger of bloating. This shouldn’t keep you away from a round or two (or ten) of heated passion though. In fact, I say you go for it; only keep these home remedies in mind, in case bloating comes knocking: Fennel seeds (saunf), peppermint or chamomile tea, ginger, caraway seeds (jeera), or a glass of warm water with lemon. Probiotics such as yoghurt, kefir, and kimchi also help in keeping the digestive system healthy. You can also go for a walk, which will help in easing the discomfort. Also, avoid drinking fluids till 30 minutes after your meal, so that your digestive enzymes are not diluted.
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I hope that these remedies will help you stave off bloating and live your life to the fullest without feeling uncomfortable ever again.