5 Summer Sex Hazards — and How to Avoid Them



5 Summer Sex Hazards — and How to Avoid Them

Thinking about spicing up your sex life with a romp in the pool, hot tub, or on the beach? Here’s what you need to know to stay healthy.

By Jessica Migala

Medically Reviewed byMichael Cutler, DO, PhD

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Condoms can be used in water, but the chemicals in pools and hot tubs may degrade the latex.
Condoms can be used in water, but the chemicals in pools and hot tubs may degrade the latex.
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When summertime rolls around, things tend to heat up in and out of the bedroom. Maybe it’s because people are showing more skin. Or maybe it’s because we have time to slow down and finally take a vacation. Either way, if you’re feeling friskier, you’re not alone. According to a study published in May 2013 in theArchives of Sexual Behavior, internet searches for sexual terms peak in the early summer.

Thinking about spicing up your sex life with a romp in the pool, hot tub, or on the beach? Here’s what you need to know to stay healthy before stripping down to your skivvies.

Sex Hazard #1: Genital Dryness

How to Avoid It: Fantasizing about getting it on in a pool or the ocean? Before you jump in, make sure you have lube nearby to battle dryness. Contrary to what you might think, “water will not act as a lubricant,” says Lauren Streicher, MD, associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and an Everyday Health columnist. If you plan on getting frisky in the water, use a silicone-based lube, which isn’t soluble in water and is more slippery and less irritating than water-based versions. Just be sure to use caution, especially if you’re having sex in the tub or shower: Since silicone lubes are so slick, they can cause you to slip and fall, notes Dr. Streicher.

Sex Hazard #2: Sand in Places You Don’t Want It

How to Avoid It: When you’re caught up in the moment, it can be easy to forget to use common sense. But when it comes to sex on the beach, it’s crucial to lay down a towel beforehand to keep sand from irritating your genitals. While there’s little chance that sand will actually getinyour vagina, it can get caught between your labia and cause irritation, says Streicher. Lay down a large towel or blanket before getting frisky. Afterward, rinse off — preferably in an outdoor shower — since salty ocean water can sting, she suggests.

Sex Hazard #3: Water Balloon Condoms

How to Avoid It: can be used in water, but there are two considerations to take into account: First, if the condom doesn’t fit well, it can fill with water, notes Streicher. So be sure to put the condom onbefore diving in, and hold it in place if necessary while getting it on. Second, if you’re in a chlorinated pool or hot tub, the chemicals may degrade the latex; salt water, on the other hand, should not affect the condom. To play it safe, skip the pool and take your party for two into the shower or bathtub.

Sex Hazard #4: Urinary Tract Infections

How to Avoid It: According to a , rates of UTIs rise in the summer, possibly because people have more sex in the warmer months. Getting busy frequently can make bacteria more likely to enter the urinary tract and cause an infection. If you experience a strong, persistent urge to urinate, pain when urinating, cramping, or a fever, you may have a UTI. See your doctor, who will likely prescribe antibiotics.

Sex Hazard #5: Sunburns Where “The Sun Don’t Shine”

How to Avoid It: Unless you’re a regular at nude beaches, your body likely has areas that haven’t seen the sun in a while. “Unexposed areas, like your nipples, are more prone to sunburn,” says Streicher. So be sure to slather on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before stripping down outdoors.






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