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Guide to Birth Control and Safe Water Sex


Updated August 11, 2014

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Lubricants for Water Sex - The Importance of Condoms and Lubrication
Guide to Birth Control and Safe Water Sex

Silicone Lubrication for Under Water Sex

Photo (c) Price Grabber (2006)
Another consideration is that the water (of a bath, pool, lake, etc.) will wash away any water-based lubrication that comes on a condom as well as the natural lubrication that occurs within the vagina. This can cause a condom to dry out during sex. The decreased lubrication that occurs when having sex under water can result in potentially uncomfortable sex; but more importantly, an increased amount of friction resulting in a greater chance that the condom may break.

To avoid this problem, you can use an additional nonwater-based lubricant. This leaves only two available types of lubrications:

  • Oil-based lubricants will destroy the latex and cause the condom to break. Beware of lubricants that claim that they can be used for sex in the water. Many times, these tend to be oil-based, so make sure to read the label carefully.

    Also, know that latex condoms are extremely vulnerable to breaking while in the water due to other oil-based products, such as sunscreen, tanning lotion, bath oils, bubble bath, soap, and shampoo, which may be commonly found in pools, Jacuzzis, and bathtubs.

  • Silicone-based lubricants are condom safe and water-resistant. Unlike oil-based ones, silicone is safe to use on latex condoms. Silicone is a synthetic substance that retains its slippery properties longer than water-based lubricants. It is not water-soluble, does not react with the body (if it doesn't have any additives), and is not absorbed by the skin. Since it is water-resistant, silicone lubricants may be difficult to wash off (your body, clothes, sheets, etc.), it tends to be more expensive than water-based lubrication, and some people complain that it has a coating effect on the skin.

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