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.
[EveryDay Health, 8/15/19] 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 the Archives 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 get in your 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…..
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