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Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC

Lovin' in the Lagoon...

By June 15, 2013

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It's time to answer another one of your emails... Lanie, one of the subscribers to my Free Weekly Newsletter, wanted to know the following:

"I just wanted to thank you for your article about birth control travel tips. My husband and I are planning a trip to Hawaii this summer, and you brought up some great tips that I didn't even think about! It made me start to wonder about other potential contraception pitfalls that could potentially occur when we are away. This is a little embarrassing, but I wanted to ask about this secluded waterfall lagoon that we are visiting during a private tour. In case we get a little "adventurous" in the water, I was curious about the safety of doing this as well as whether or not I could actually get pregnant in the water. Along the same notion, there is a jacuzzi bathtub in our hotel suite. I think that I read somewhere that the hot water in a jacuzzi can kill sperm (maybe?). Is this the case?"

You all have probably heard many myths when it comes to safely having sex in the water. Sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and additional bacterial infections can still be spread while having sex in a pool, ocean, bathtub or lake. Also, keep in mind that there can be salt, bacteria and/or amoebas in natural bodies of water - the presence of these substances may make women more susceptible to infection of irritation via the thrusting that takes place during sex. Plus, no matter what type or temperature the water is, a woman can still get pregnant!

Some people may try to spice up their sex lives during their vacations to romantic places. So, Lanie, let's explore your concern about whether or not underwater sex is safe (though, I would be remiss if I didn't remind you all that having sex in public places is illegal, so if you get caught... I can't help you there!!)

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