Engaging in pool sex has an undeniable appeal, often fueled by its portrayal in movies. However, it’s important to recognize that the reality may not always live up to the hype.
While pool sex can indeed be passionate, it comes with a few logistical challenges. There are three primary issues that should be considered: lubrication, irritation, and infection.
To begin with, the water in the pool tends to wash away natural lubrication, similar to what you may have experienced during foreplay in the shower or bath, according to Dr. Kate White, an ob-gyn based in Boston. Paradoxically, being surrounded by water can actually cause dryness inside, making intercourse potentially uncomfortable.
However, this doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea altogether. Dr. Leah Millheiser, a clinical assistant professor at Stanford University and ob-gyn, suggests that sex in the water is perfectly fine as long as there is sufficient lubrication present. She recommends using a silicone-based lubricant, as it will stay on in the water.
Even with lubrication, it’s crucial to be aware of potential irritation. Dr. White advises caution, as the chlorine in the pool water, depending on its chemical concentration, can seriously irritate the vulva or vagina. Although the effects may not be immediately apparent, a red, swollen, itchy, and burning vulva can certainly dampen the post-sex glow. It’s worth noting that saltwater isn’t much better and may even exacerbate any discomfort. According to Dr. White, if inadequate lubrication causes a vulvar or vaginal tear during sex, salt water can intensify the stinging sensation.
Lastly, there’s another risk to consider: infection. Dr. White warns that if you’re in a pool, or worse, a poorly chlorinated hot tub, there is a potential risk of bladder infection due to microbes present in the water. Dr. Millheiser stresses the importance of urinating after sexual activity to reduce the risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI).
As always, using a condom is advisable when having sex, especially if the pool is shared with others. However, it’s important to keep in mind that condoms can be challenging to keep on in the water. “In situations where condoms must be used, it’s best to engage in sexual activity on dry land,” advises Dr. Millheiser.
That being said, this doesn’t mean you have to restrict your pool experiences to innocent floating. Dr. White suggests exploring manual foreplay in the pool instead of intercourse. Interestingly, the water can enhance the smoothness and glide of your fingers on each other.