Sex Advice

Dear Dr. Locker: Can a condom be used in water, such as having intercourse in a hot tub, ocean, or pool?

Answer from Dr. Locker

It is not recommended to use condoms in water. There is the risk of the condom slipping off a penis when it is submerged in water. Saltwater from seawater would probably not have adverse effects on condom materials; yet, there is a strong possibility that the chemicals used in swimming pools and hot tubs (chlorine or ozone, for example) would weaken the condom. In a bath tub or shower, the presence of bath oils, shampoo, soap or other substances applied in the shower or present in the water may also have an negative effect on the properties of the latex condom material. Don’t take the risk. Instead, wait to have intercourse until you can properly use a condom—out of the water. You can always make love in a lounge chair beside the pool or hot tub!

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