Good news – ESSENCE’s “Ask An OB-GYN” series is back to bring you very public answers to some of your most private questions. When sexual and vaginal health concerns arise, renowned Obstetrics and Gynecology physician Dr. Tosha Rogers wants to ensure you have the answers you need to feel at ease. If you have a sexual health concern or question you want to swing her way, we’ve got you covered. Email with “Ask An OB-GYN” in the subject line and ask away!

Q: What’s the deal with pool sex? Is there any risk for infection or injury to my vagina by having sex underwater?

A: Pool sex in and of itself is not dangerous. When you have intercourse in a swimming pool, you are introducing all of the pool chemicals into your vagina. It will likely cause vaginitis, but it’s not dangerous. Also, be aware that the same chemicals that are in that swimming pool are the same chemicals that are most tampons (unless you use raw cotton or chlorine-free feminine products). 

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All in all, proceed with caution.

Dr. Tosha Rogers