5 Things you should know about underwater sex before you dive in


By Joanna Pinto

5 Things you should know about underwater sex before you dive in

Bored of your intimate indoor activity and thinking to get kinky al fresco style (specifically in some form of water)? We understand the appeal — after all, the sun is blazing, the water is inviting, and chances are, you’re already half-naked in your bathing suit. Plus, some people find #publicsex kind of hot and that’s certainly one way of breaking out of your usual romping routine.

Unfortunately, those sex-in-water movie scenes are only great on screen. IRL? Not so much. On top of that, there are health risks that come with it too, no matter what body of water you’re into (whether it’s a pool, lake, hot tub or the ocean). So, make sure you’re informed about these five things before you give underwater sex a try.

1. It’s not the cleanest of places

Some pools can be pretty nasty and yes, they contain tons of water-borne bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and more (including less-than-healthy pH levels). That said, it’s quite unlikely that you will get any of those infections through your reproductive organs because it’s more commonly acquired through the skin or mouth.

Pro tip: There’s no chlorine in an ocean, lake, or river, so avoid doing the deed in this large pool of bacteria if you can.

2. It might be wet but you’ll get super dry down there

Think water acts as a good lube substitute? Think again. In actual fact, it does the opposite by washing your body’s natural lubrication away, thus drying you out. This makes underwater sex less comfortable, which brings us to our next point…

3. Lube is your BFF

Not just any type, though. Stick to silicone-based lube, which will help prevent chaffing down south. Avoid both water- and oil-based ones because the former will most likely get washed away while the latter destroys latex and may damage condoms. Speaking of condoms, yes, you can use it underwater; however, it could break if lube is not part of the equation.

Pro tip: condoms are more likely to tear in warmer temperatures, like a hot tub.

4. Things you’re potentially at risk of: STIs, pregnancy, UTI, yeast, and BV

Calm down, it’s not that bad. See why, below.

  • STIs: No thanks to all the friction happening down under, micro-tears in the vagina are bound to happen, and in theory, this makes you more vulnerable to STI transmissions. But fret not, it’s not that easy to catch one randomly.
  • Pregnancy: No condom? Then yes, like on land, you’re bound to have a bun in the oven if he ejaculates inside of you. Semen does not magically get washed away underwater.
  • UTI: While getting a urinary tract infection from underwater sex has not been proven, all that pool bacteria can irritate your urethra, thus making you more susceptible to one.
  • Yeast & bacterial vaginosis (BV): Being in a pool encourages these two #girlproblems to happen because A) your natural lube is reduced (see point #2), and B) the chlorine will irritate the vagina and disrupt its delicate pH level.

5. That said, you can’t get preggers just ‘cos someone ejaculated into the pool you’re in

It’s a myth, guys. Sperm may be able to swim inside the human body, but they sure as hell won’t even survive more than a few minutes outside it; nor are they just lurking around in some hot tub or cool pool waiting to impregnate you. It’s just not scientifically possible, unless your partner tries some (not so funny) trick on you.

Now that you know these little nuggets of wisdom, are you going to take the plunge and try underwater sex? Not willing to take the leap just yet? Consider having a little fun underwater, then take things elsewhere for the main event. Whichever you choose, remember to stay safe to reduce those health risks!

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