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Is Sex on the Beach Safe?

THUNDERBALL, Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, 1965

When it comes to getting hot in the sand, it probably seems like the perfect romantic and seductive spot for holiday sex or a fun night outside in the Summer. After all, how many movies feature a beach sex scene? The answer: A LOT. However, is it really safe? I mean, there's a strong chance that sand is going to get in and around your private parts, which can definitely be uncomfortable and maybe even unhygienic, posing a risk to your vagina's health. Before ditching your bikini bottoms in the heat of the moment, here's what you should know about having sex on the beach.

Is It Safe?

Yes, it is safe, but it can increase risk of bacterial infections and STIs if you get too dirty (in the literal sense), explained Karen Brodman, MD, a gynecologist in New York. Basically, as you're exposed to sand, it can mess with your vagina's health by creating tears in the skin, which is sensitive to rough materials, like sand. "Don't get sand in your vagina. Ouch. Obviously sand can cause abrasions," she said. Wash it off in the ocean if you need to in order to keep the area clean, she added.

Some Tips

To protect your vagina from sand, having sex over a barrier can help. "Make sure you have a beach towel underneath so you don't get abrasions on your skin," Brodman said. You can also see if it's possible to get a cabana or sun loungers in order to have sex on the beach without actually touching the sand.

You also need to use sunscreen, as you can get burnt on all of your skin — even your vagina! "Use sunscreen on exposed skin. You want hot sex but not a burn," she said. Plus, while it might seem obvious, you still need a condom, especially since the possibility of abrasions can put you at a greater risk of STI transmission. "Be prepared, bring condoms for contraception and/or STD avoidance," she said. "Theoretically, if there is an abrasion, [you're] more likely to get a blood-born STD like HIV or Hepatitis B/C," she said, which enters through cuts in the skin.

Besides, even if your partner is STD-free, these abrasions can be super painful for both partners, she said. The takeaway? You're free to have hot sex on the beach, but you'll want to be prepared to avoid any possible discomfort or serious ramifications.

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