7 Surprising Summer Sex Don’ts
As the weather heats up, so will your sex life. Seriously—experts swear that our sexual desires peak during summer (blame it on the fact that you already want to strip down all the time). Not to rain on your warm weather sex parade, but before you flip on the AC and start ripping off each other's sweat-drenched clothes, there are a few seasonal risks you should know about. While there are plenty of ways to make summer sex hot, you'll definitely want to remember these seven don'ts: Don't leave condoms in your car. Hot temperatures can damage a condom, leaving you more vulnerable to pregnancy and STDs, says ob-gyn Alyssa Dweck, M.D., coauthor of V is for Vagina. We all know that cars can get brutally hot in the summer, so if you find a condom in one, toss it. Don't have sex outside without looking around first. While we are all for a fun romp in the hay, be sure to check the area for poison ivy or insect nests before parking yourselves. Rashes are not a good look—especially on your bare butt. We also suggest finding a shady spot to reduce the risk of a sunburn or dehydration (and, you know, getting caught). Don't have sex in the water. Pool sex may sound erotic, but it's not a good idea. In fact, you're actually more likely to catch an STD while having sex in pool, since it washes away your body's natural lubricant, creating more friction and in turn increasing the risk of tears where bacteria and viruses can enter. This also makes it easier to get a UTI. While a condom can help you avoid STDs, you'll still be susceptible to UTIs—not to mention, chlorine in pool water can damage condoms. And unfortunately, a lake or river romp isn't any safer—that water can cause irritation if it enters the vagina, says Dweck. Don't be afraid of a little sweat. While BO might not be the most alluring scent, believe it or not, it gets us going. When we sweat, "mate-attracting pheromones are released by the sweat glands in our skin," says Dweck. These scents register in the part of our brains that controls sexual urges and triggers desire, making us completely irresistible. So turn off the AC, and get a little sweaty. Don't forget to hydrate. We know this is the least sexy tip ever, but it is summer, and sex is basically like a mini workout —especially if you're going at it for a while. So be sure to stay hydrated throughout those hot sessions. Sure, a few ice cubes during foreplay will help, but seriously, put some water by your bed. Don't rush. It's a million degrees out and a quickie will be way less efficient and subtle if you end up so sweaty and sticky that you have to shower afterwards. Instead, opt for slower, sensual sex. Bonus: Research shows that men and women have better orgasms when there a slow build. Don't do body shots. OK, so you probably haven't done one of these since spring break, but once the heat strikes and the bikinis are on, you never know what can happen. That said, fight the urge to spice up foreplay with a tequila shot off your partner (or vice versa). It might seem hot to place that lime in your belly button for him to scoop up in his mouth, but lime juice on your skin can result in a serious chemical burn if you're in the sun (and really, where else are you going to be doing body shots?). Not cute, or healthy.