Sexpert Q & A: What Are the Risks to Having Sex in a Swimming Pool, If Any?

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Dear Dr. Yvonne, What are the risks to having sex in a swimming pool, if any? Marissa

Dear Marissa, While seemingly carefree, it's important to note that pool sex makes for riskier sex. Pregnancy can happen any time semen is spilled in the vagina or near the vulva, so a condom should be used. Yet, note that water can wash away spermicide and seep between the condom and penis, causing slippage.

Other factors to be aware of_ Chemicals, salt, and bacteria in the water can be forced into the rectum or vagina during sex, possibly causing irritation, infection and temporary dryness.

Oil-based products, as well as chlorine, cause condoms to deteriorate.

Lovers should also be wary of rough pool edges that can cause discomfort and scratching, and stay out of the water if they've had too much to drink.

Dr. Yvonne KristAn Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of

Sexuality Source Inc.

She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."