FOR those who enjoy spicing up their sex life, being intimate in a hot tub could be a way to mix things up with a partner.
But is doing the deed in a hot tub as enjoyable as it seems? Read on to find out if it is a good idea to get down and dirty in the bubbles.
Getting down and dirty in a hot tub may be more problematic than climacticCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Is sex in a hot tub safe?
Having sex in water can be a fun way to explore intimacy with your partner.
It looks very appealing and sexy on TV shows and in movies, but having sex in water comes with some risks.
Just like public swimming pools, hot tubs aren’t famed for having the cleanest water, and microbes or chemicals in the water can lead to infections.
Gynaecologists have warned of the potential risks of frolicking in bodies of water, such as serious as irregular heart rhythms and potentially slipping and falling.
You could get a rash
You read that right!
You could get a rash that you can get for staying in a hot tub longer than you are supposed to.
The rash is called pseudomonas folliculitis – aka hot tub rash.
It appears as red, itchy bumps and develops due to the bacteria in the water.
It is not serious, nor does it have long-term side effects but if you can avoid it, it is probably for the best.
The female involved could develop a UTI or yeast infection
To those who own vaginas, listen up!
The pH of a vagina is a delicate balance and the smallest thing can upset that balance.
The chemicals and bacteria found in a hot tub can lead to a host of frustrating conditions for your vagina.
A urinary tract infection or a yeast infection could occur after a romp in the hot tub.
Condoms won’t be as effective
This is probably the biggest risk of hot tub sex.
Condoms may not stay put when used in water.
The chlorine used in the maintenance of the hot tub can make the condom less effective even if it does stay where it is meant to.
Condoms are also more likely to break when used in water.
If you are still hell-bent on getting jiggy with it in a hot tub, you and your partner should discuss the benefits of waterproof contraception.
She will get sore
The natural lubrication from the body is less effective when you’re submerged in water which could make the encounter less enjoyable for the person being penetrated.
You could contract an STI
Many believe that the chemicals present in a hot tub help to keep the STI your partner may have at bay.
This is simply untrue.
Wearing a condom is the safest way to ensure you don’t pass anything on to your partner.