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What Are the Benefits and Risks of Having Sex in the Pool?

What Are the Benefits and Risks of Having Sex in the Pool?

Couples often make it a point to find exciting ways to develop their physical and emotional intimacy. That’s why it’s not surprising for them to talk about different sexual positions and activities. Some may even wonder about having sex in the unconventional places, like the swimming pool. But is having sex in the pool safe? What are some things couples need to consider before deciding to have sex in the pool? Find out here.

Having Sex in the Pool: Is It Safe?

If it’s just a question of whether or not you can have sex in the water, then the straight answer is yes.

In fact, having sex in the pool may be beneficial to people with mobility issues, as the water makes it more comfortable for them to move. This is why doctors sometimes advise people with arthritis to perform water exercises.

Some people also may also feel a different kind of pleasure while making love in the water.

However, despite the potential benefits of having sex in the pool, remember that there are also safety concerns:

  • Privacy: Note that anyone who can hear or witness your lovemaking becomes a part of the activity. Hence, you need to get their consent or risk a scandal. To avoid unwanted participation from others, choose a private pool.
  • STDs: Chlorinated water doesn’t protect you from STDs. And while a condom has high effectiveness, latex may slip or break down, especially in hot water2. Also, don’t forget to wear the condom before going into the pool.
  • Accidents: Pools can be slippery, so accidents may occur. Never have sex in the pool or tub when you’re drunk or under the influence of drugs. Also, do not try pool sex when either you or your partner don’t know how to swim.
  • Positions: Refrain from choosing a position where a person’s head goes underwater. Use the pool features, such as steps and rails, to find a comfortable sexual position.

Also, consider not having penetrative sex in the pool. This is because the chlorine may irritate vaginal skin, making it more prone to infections. And just because you’re in the pool, it doesn’t mean you won’t need lubricant. The truth is, chlorine is drying to the skin.

Finally, don’t forget that unclean water can lead to diseases.

Additional Tips When Having Sex in the Pool

Below are some other tips to make sex in the water more enjoyable:

  • Take advantage of buoyancy. Remember that water can make you feel weightless, so explore the possible positions that you think will feel good. It would help to plan this with your partner beforehand.
  • Consider sex toys. There are waterproof sex toys, specifically made for water sex.
  • Only go through with having sex in the pool when both you and your partner are 100% comfortable with it.

Can Ejaculating in the Pool Lead to Pregnancy?

If the man ejaculates or pre-ejaculates on or into the vagina, then pregnancy may occur, regardless of whether the couple did it in the water or not3.

If you’re wondering if pregnancy may occur after a man ejaculates in the pool and then a woman swims there later, then the answer is no. Sperm cells may be good swimmers, but only inside the vagina4.

Key Takeaways

Having sex in the water may have some benefits, including improved mobility, which is advantageous for people with musculoskeletal problems. Some people also like the pleasure brought about by water sex.

However, pool sex comes with concerns pertaining to privacy and safety. Should couples desire to have sex in the water, experts recommend choosing a private pool and to take every measure to reduce the risk of accidents and diseases.

Learn more about Sex Tips here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

1 Water Exercises, https://orthop.washington.edu/patient-care/articles/arthritis/water-exercises.html, Accessed November 23, 2021

2 Myth: Having sex in a pool or hot tub is okay because chlorine will kill off STDs, https://www.rhbh.org/faq-items/myth-sex-pool-hot-tub-okay-chlorine-will-kill-off-stds/, Accessed November 23, 2021

3 Can you get pregnant if you have sex in a pool?, https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens/ask-experts/can-having-sex-in-a-pool-stop-you-from-getting-pregnant, Accessed November 23, 2021

4 Can you get pregnant if someone ejaculates in the pool while you’re swimming?, https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens/ask-experts/can-you-get-pregnant-if-someone-ejaculates-in-the-pool-while-youre-swimming, Accessed November 23, 2021

5 Aquatic exercises, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/multimedia/aquatic-exercise/sls-20076730, Accessed November 23, 2021

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated 5 days ago
Fact Checked by Cesar Beltran