The Perils of Beach/Pool/Outdoor Sex- (Spoiler Alert- don't swallow the water!) 

It's summer and uncertainties about Sex on the Beach (the activity, not the drink) keep popping up. Here are answers to the most common questions I hear.

My boyfriend and I had an argument about having sex in the pool. Is it safe?

Pool sex may sound erotic, but it's not a great idea. As a gynecologist, I am not going to weigh in on the increased risk of drowning or getting arrested. What I can tell you is that you may be increasing your risk for infection. Pool chemicals will take care of any nasty bacteria growing in the water- but won’t take care of HIV, gonorrhea or chlamydia living in your partner’s genital tract.  In fact, you're actually more likely to catch an STD than if you have sex on dry land since water washes away your body’s natural lubricant and increases the risk of microscopic tears where bacteria and viruses can enter.  

Can You Get Pregnant if You Have Sex in a Hot Tub?

You are just as likely to get pregnant whether you are in the water or on a waterbed. It is true that if a guy spends a lot of time in a hot tub he may produce less sperm, but less sperm is not NO sperm.  In addition, hanging out in hot tubs alters sperm that is not released until 3 months later.  Even a toasty hot tub will not kill sperm that goes directly from him to you. 

Do Condoms Work as Well in Water?

While a condom can protect you, there has been no research into the performance of condoms when they are used in or underwater. The risk of slippage probably increases. Be sure he puts it on before you getting in to the pool and not let it fill with water. And while we are on the subject of condoms, don’t use condoms left in your car in the summer heat since high temperatures degrades latex.

Can I Use my Vibrator Underwater?

Yes, just make sure it is a waterproof vibrator, and good luck if you drop it in the deep end.


What Kind of Lubricant is Best?

A water-based lubricant will get washed away. Silicone is the better choice but make sure it doesn't get on the pool floor- it can be really slippery! 

What about Kissing Underwater?

Only if you kiss without opening your mouth. Swallowing (water) is a huge problem. The CDC has announced that last year an outbreak from parasites in public swimming pools and hot tubs has caused over 27,000 illnesses and eight deaths.It's not peeing in the pool that causes the problem. It's from people that aren't exactly wiping well enough releasing a number of gastrointestinal parasites into the water.  

Sorry if I just spoiled the mood..