Can You Use A condom In The Water?

For all of you who have ever thought that there is nothing more romantic than having sex in the water, you might want to think again. We agree that the idea seems appealing, especially because of all the romantic movies which portray it as something so easily done that it almost looks like a perfectly safe routine.

We always attempt to explore new ways of having better sex; we want to break the routine, and sometimes doing it in bed simply isn’t as creative and adventurous as we want.

Not to mention that you want to combine fun and comfort, meaning having playful, enjoyable sex while at the same time being protected from the heat of the summer.

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Likewise, having sex in the water during winter guarantees a quicker way to warm yourself up. So why is having sex in water not so recommendable?

Condoms are FDA approved, which means that they are recognized for their purpose as protection from STDs and pregnancy, but only if they’re used properly without any contact with water. In case you want to risk it and still use the condom under water, keep in mind the following:


First of all, you’re risking the condom slipping off immediately after going into the water. There is absolutely no guarantee that it will stay on, because the water is likely to find its way between the condom and your penis at any given point. Likewise, pelvic thrusts during the intercourse are likely to cause the same thing to occur.

After that happens, it’s impossible to put it back on if it slips because the water will have already done the damage to the lubricant and the latex. The only thing you can do is get out of the water and put on a new condom.

It’s hardly worth breaking the momentum and killing the mood just to prevent accidents like these, don’t you think?

Generally, condoms are made out of latex, which is a type of durable rubber, or plastic, in case you or your partner is allergic to latex (which is a very rare but possible occurrence).

During their manufacture, condoms are tested for their durability and safety from breaking. During tests they are filled with water on the inside to ensure that they will not puncture under pressure caused by the ejaculation and to see if there are any other imperfections, such as tears and holes, that are a result of mechanical mishaps during manufacturing.

Condoms that have even the slightest imperfections are withdrawn from stores, which means they guarantee a high level of safety during proper usage.

On the outside the condoms are coated with water-based lubricants to make them easier to put in, and here lies the problem. Water can easily wash away the lubricant, which means that not only will the intercourse be uncomfortable and painful for your partner, regardless of whether you’re practicing vaginal or anal sex, but there is also a high probability that the latex will become weak, thus increasing your risk of getting STDs or pregnancy.

Further on, chlorine and salt water are your enemies as well, because not only can they cause itching on your genitalia, but it also makes the condom easily breakable.

If you thought that you could just use oil-based lubricants, believing that they won’t damage the condom, you are very much mistaken because they will damage the latex and, again, cause the condom to break in the least desirable moments.
Plus, there is not enough research available to support effectiveness of condoms under water. [2]


With that being said, if you still desire to have sex in water and you are determined to make it a pleasurable experience, then there is one thing you can use to minimize your risk of STDs and pregnancy. This is where female or internal condoms come in.

Similar to regular condoms, female condoms are coated with lubricant on both the inside and the outside, providing comfort and ease of use for both partners. It can be inserted hours before the intercourse, so you don’t have to spend valuable time attempting to insert it when you’re in the heat of the moment.

It is a little less reliable than a regular condom, roughly about 95%, if used correctly [3], as opposed to 98% if using a male condom, so the risk of getting pregnant is increased. Also, keep in mind that it is more difficult to insert than the regular condom.

The biggest disadvantage between male and female condoms is that the latter isn’t so widely available. While it’s possible to find them in most pharmacies, they are much more expensive and as such unavailable for most couples.

Even though we have listed a lot of things that make having sex in the water challenging, don’t let that stop you.

You know yourself best, and you may find that it is worth the risk, especially if you know your partner very well and trust that you are both healthy. Occasional adventures into the unknown can absolutely be beneficial for your sex life.



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