Friday, 2 April 2021

Is Sex In Water Risky?

Underwater sex sounds pretty epic, right? I mean, there are so many hot, iconic movie scenes that involve sex in water. And it’s not just a made-for-screens thing—sex in the water can be something to check off your sex bucket list IRL too, says sex therapist and doctor of health science Debra Laino.

The big perk, Laino says, is the buoyancy water gives you. That allows you and your partner to try out different moves that might be tricky to pull off on dry land.

There’s also the novelty of getting busy someplace other than your bedroom.

But while underwater sex can be steamy, it’s best to proceed with caution here before you head for a romp in the hot tub with your partner. Having sex in water can open you up to the risk of a few different infections. There are just a few potential issues you should know about.

1. You can get seriously dry down there.

It can wash away the natural lubricant your body makes and dry you out, she says. As a result, it may be harder for you to stay as wet (and comfortable) during sex in water as you would on dry land.

2. You could be setting yourself up for vaginal tearing.

That lack of lube can be a problem and may even lead to increased friction in your vagina, Dr. Shepherd says. And we’re not talking about the good kind of friction. Think more vaginal micro-tears, says Jennifer Wider M.D. Also keep this in mind: If your partner is wearing a condom or barrier, more friction increases the odds it will tear.

3. You could get a UTI.

Remember all that bacteria that’s hanging out in water? Well, it can also get pushed into your urethra (the small opening that pee comes out of) during sex, raising your risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI), Dr. Wider says.

From there, the bacteria can work its way up your urethra to your bladder, where it can grow and cause a UTI. 

Pro tip, per Dr. Shepherd: Always pee after you have sex to try to flush the bacteria out.

4. Your yeast infection risk can go up.

This just gets better and better, right? Having sex in any body of water can increase your yeast infection risk, and chlorine in particular is tricky because it can irritate your vagina and disrupt the delicate pH down there.

If your pH is disrupted, it can open you up for a yeast overgrowth, leading to an infection, Dr. Shepherd says. And that can leave you with vaginal itching, pain during sex, and abnormal discharge.

5. Yup, you can still get pregnant.

If someone happens to ejaculate in a pool or other body of water where you’re swimming, you’re not going to become pregnant, Dr. Wider says (that’s just an urban legend). But if you’re having penetrative sex and a partner with a penis ejaculates inside you, then yeah, you can get pregnant. “Conception can still occur while having sex in the water, so do not count it as a form of contraception,” Dr. Shepherd says

6. Underwater sex isn't exactly sterile.

Sure, you're probably not getting it on in a hospital-grade bed anyway, but there's a chance that bodies of water can carry some pretty gross bacteria, including E.coli and salmonella. Anywhere you're swimming, from pools and hot tubs with improper pH levels, to rivers, lakes, oceans, might not be the cleanliest place to get fully naked and have sex. 

“There is a chance that you are pushing bacteria or other germs into the vaginal canal and into your body,” says Dr. Wider.

All that said, having sex in water once or twice is not going to be hugely detrimental to your health, so don't worry too much if you want to try that one time in the pool. Just keep in mind before you get -wet- that there are some risks.

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