FOR some of you, sex in a swimming pool is probably on your bucket list – an exciting escapade you can call on next time you play a game of ‘never have I ever’.
However, it’s really best avoided for a host of reasons which will make you cringe.
Getty Images It may be tempting to have some fun with your partner in a swimming pool – but underwater sex comes with some unexpected dangers
What are the risks?
Dr Sheila Loanzon, an obstetrician and gynecologist, a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said there are health risks involved.
She told Bustle: “Due to the chlorinated water in pools, the exposure of sensitive vaginal skin to that water can cause pH changes in the vagina.
“Which can lead to vaginal infection (yeast or bacterial).”
1. Water is not a good lubricant
You may be wet, but water is absolutely rubbish at lubricating your private bits. In fact, it tends to wash away any natural lube and lead to friction.
2. Increased risk of pregnancy and STIs
Being underwater actually increases your risk of STIs and accidental pregnancy, because condoms are unlikely to work.
The lack of natural lubrication means your protection is much more likely to break or slip away, without you even realising.
3. Pool chemicals can cause infection
Chlorine and other cleaning agents used in pools can disturb the vagina’s balance of good bacteria, leading to thrush, inflammation and bacterial vaginosis.
Gynaecologist Dr Vanessa Mackay told Metro Online: “If a woman has sex in a pool there is a chance chemicals could enter the vagina and irritate it.”
While any microbes could increase your risk of bladder infection, and being in natural water – such as a pond, river or the sea – could put you at risk of other infections.