Sometimes, you might want to go to great lengths to get ready for love, but there are actually a few things that can do more harm than good.

Check out four major ones below.

1. Take cold medicine

Most medicines for cold usually contain antihistamine. Antihistamine doesn’t just stop your nose running and eyes streaming, it also dries up other parts.

That’s because the medicine works by drying out mucus membranes so both your mouth and vagina will be less lubricated.

It’s also been claimed that the pills can lower your love drive.

2. Shave

You might want to feel silky and smooth right before love, but shaving your pubes isn’t a good idea. When pubic hair is shaved or waxed it leaves microscopic open wounds in the skin membrane which means bacteria can enter.

Given the warmth and moisture down there, it’s a perfect environment for bacteria to breed and there are a rising number of infections, including some nasties such as Streptococcus A and Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA, the antibiotic resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus).

Shaved hair means there is no barrier against the bacteria mentioned above and they can be transferred from skin to skin, this can lead to cellulitis infection (a bacterial infection of soft tissues) of the labia. Because of the small tears and damage made to your skin during waxing or shaving, you’re also more vulnerable to herpes and HPV (genital warts).
It’s better to leave some time between shaving and love.

3. Pee

For women, relieving yourself can actually be a harmful pre-love move because it increases your likelihood of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Besides, most medical expert encourage you to pee after love to get out some of these infection-causing bacteria. Peeing before love then makes it unlikely that you will be pressed after.

4. Getting wasted

Drinking and boozing may seem like a good idea because it lowers your inhibitions and gets you in the mood for love but it also kills your drive.

Guys might find it more difficult to get it up while ladies won’t be as well lubricated.