It sounds amazing to have sexual relations underwater. I mean, there are so many seductive, well-known movie moments that take place in the sea, so…
However, water sex is one of those things that appears on TV much better than it does in reality. There are only a few things you need to be aware of…
- It isn’t sterile, for one
Although you won’t likely experience any weirdness while sleeping in a bed fit for a hospital, waterbodies can harbor some pretty disgusting bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. This includes rivers, lakes, oceans, hot tubs, and pools with unbalanced pH levels.
According to Dr. Jennifer Wider, a specialist in women’s health, “there is a possibility that you are bringing bacteria or other pathogens into the vaginal canal and into your body.”
- It can become extremely dry there
Water seems like it would make a great lubrication since, well, it’s wet. But wait a minute. According to gynecologist Dr. Jessica Shepherd, “water is not at all a good lubricant.”
In addition, she claims, it might dry you out and take away the natural lubricant your body produces. You could find it more difficult to stay as wet (and comfortable) while having sex in the water than on land as a result.
- You may be increasing your risk of vaginal tearing
According to Dr. Shepherd, this lack of lubricant can be an issue and may even result in more friction in your vagina. And we’re not referring to constructive friction. more vaginal microtears,Dr Wider says. Also keep this in mind: If your partner is wearing a condom, more friction increases the odds the condom will tear, she points out.
- You could get a UTI
Do you still recall all the bacteria that lives in water? Well, it can also be forced into your urethra during intercourse, increasing your risk of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI), according to Dr. Wider.
- 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. “Anything that disrupts the pH can increase the risk of yeast infections,” Dr Shepherd says.
- You’re at a higher risk for STIs
Sorry, but water doesn’t have magical STI-cleansing properties, unfortunately. Given that it’s kind of tricky to use a condom underwater, and especially hard to use one properly, this is pretty problematic. Another important thing to keep in mind, per Dr Wider, those aforementioned vaginal tears can up your risk of getting an STI, too.
- 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 your partner 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 on contraception,” Dr Shepherd says.
All that said, if you have sex in water once or twice, your vagina isn’t going to shrivel up and die. Just keep in mind that there are some risks.