5 Things You Should Know Before Having Sex in a Pool

The real deal might require a little more care than you expect.

Pool sex is something that a lot of people fantasize about, but don’t always have much opportunity to try out. Unless you have your own pool, the chances you have to try out sex in a pool can be few and far between. Not only do you need a pool to use, but you also need a certain level of privacy if you don’t want to get caught by anyone else. But if you do find that you might have the opportunity to try out pool sex, there are some things that you should know before you dive in and try it for real. Pool sex might seem like a sexy fantasy, but the real deal might require a little more care than you expect.

Pool sex is definitely not out of the question (or sex in any other body of water) and can be a lot of fun. However, you have to get it right if you want it to be enjoyable. Before you take the plunge, here are some of the things that you should think about.

Pool sex is something that a lot of people fantasize about, but don't always have much opportunity to try out.
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It Could Be Pretty Unsanitary

The water in a public pool or another body of water is generally not going to be the cleanest. It’s not like being in the bath at home. Even a public pool that’s chlorinated can host a lot of bacteria, which could lead to an infection. However, although there is a small risk that one of you might end up contracting something, the risk is generally small. Lakes, rivers, and other wild swimming locations are by far going to be the dirtiest places, so you’re probably better off choosing a pool or hot tub.

Know Your Lube

You would think that being in water would make everything wet and slippery, but it can actually dry you out. That’s not great if you want to have sex, which is why it’s a good idea to have plenty of lube with you. Water can wash away the natural lubrication that you produce, potentially making everything drier. Fortunately, a helping hand from some good lube can help to counteract this. However, it is important that you use the right type of lube. Silicone-based lube is the best option for having sex in water because it’s thicker and won’t wash away as easily as water-based lube. You might find that you need to reapply regularly, though. Oil-based lube is best avoided because it can compromise condoms and increase the risk of breakage.

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Use Protection

Despite what you might have heard, it is possible to get pregnant by having sex in water. The semen won’t automatically be washed away, and you can still get pregnant if you’ve to have sex too. Additionally, there’s still a risk of STIs when you have sex in a pool. But the good news is that condoms still work in water, as long as there are no issues such as the pool being over-chlorinated. But it is important to keep in mind that chlorine can weaken condoms, which increases the chance of the condom breaking. Be sure to check for any breakages when you’re done, so that you know whether the condom stayed intact or not.

A condom is the best option to provide protection, even if you’re already using another form of birth control (like the pill). Make sure that it’s the right fit if you want it to be effective. If it’s too big, it could slip off. If it’s too small, it can increase the chance of breakage. A female condom has a higher chance of slipping out when you’re having sex in water, so it’s better to stick to male condoms.

However, although you could get pregnant by having sex in water, it doesn’t mean you can get pregnant simply from ejaculate being in the water near you. You might have heard tales of people getting pregnant in pools or hot tubs in this way, but it’s not going to happen without physical contact. Sperm are also not particularly hardy. They can survive for several days inside a woman’s body but they die pretty quickly out in the open.

Similarly, there’s still a risk of STIs when having sex in a pool, but you’re not going to get one from having sex in the same pool that someone else has had sex in.

Pool Sex Can Be Fun

There might be a few precautions that you have to take, but don’t let that stop you from having fun in the pool. In fact, being safe will make it more fun because you don’t have to worry so much about anything that could go wrong. One of the best things about sex in the pool is that you benefit from the extra buoyancy. So while sex against a wall might not be achievable normally, unless one of you is super strong, it becomes a lot more feasible in water. You also have more space to use compared to the ways to have wet and slippery sex, like in the shower or bathtub.

And if you’re using your own private pool (which you should be), you also get plenty of privacy. Just check that no one can peer in if you don’t want anyone catching an eyeful.

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Water Safety Still Applies

Being safe around water is always important if you don’t want to risk drowning. Even if you’re having sex, rather than swimming, you still need to be careful. If you’re not strong swimmers, don’t go too deep. Stay close to the edge if you’re in a pool and if you’re in the ocean, make sure you know about ocean safety. Swimming while drunk or high is a bad idea too, so don’t go in the water if you’ve been drinking or using drugs.

If having pool sex is a fantasy of yours, it could become a reality. But before you try it out, make sure you have somewhere private to do it and that you take the right precautions. It’s only fun if it’s also safe.