It seems so crazy to just sit in the bathtub, naked, wet, and covered in bubbles. Who knew that being in a tiny pool of warm water could be so comforting for so many people. There are a million things that bathtubs are good for, but let’s talk about the main one, bathtub sex! 

Now don’t get me wrong, bathtub sex isn’t all that it sounds to be. The movies portray it as this super hot, mess-free time that results in no errors or injuries. I’m not a complete Debbie Downer here, I can get behind the appeal to bathtub sex but I want to make sure I do so in a way that is safe for myself and any partner/s I’m with. I had attempted bathtub sex before but there are a few things that I wish I knew beforehand.

Here are a few things you might want to consider before you slip into the next bath with your partner.

Tear Free

Remember when you were a kid and your parents would use “tear-free” shampoo, that never actually meant that it wouldn’t burn when it got in your eyes! It means that it won’t rip your hair out when you’re brushing it later. Bath time typically involves bubbles, because who doesn’t love bubbles. If you are going to have a fluffy bubble bath with your partner, then don’t forget that bubbles can make your eyes burn! I would limit the amount of bubbles you make and try to keep your head above water. No one wants to wind up at the eye doctors with an eye infection.

Bath Bombs

The classic double B, BATH BOMBS! I’m all for a good bath bomb, they are fun and colourful but not only do they make a mess of your bathtub but they can make a mess of yourself as well. I personally have had some sketchy experiences with bath bombs, one gave me the WORST yeast infection ever (TMI? Sorry not sorry!) and another time I completely broke out in a rash. I have extremely sensitive skin so it’s probably just me, but make sure that your partner isn’t allergic to any of the ingredients, and keep a sponge or cloth handy for clean up. You’ll thank me later.


I’m not an expert but this is what I’ve figured out! Using a form of contraception is always on the top of my list when I plan on having sex. Contraception for water sex is a bit tricky, of course, forms of birth control pill, patch and IUD are all still effective as regular. Some forms of contraception that IS NOT recommended for water sex are condoms, spermicides, and sponges. Remember that you will not be protected from STD’s if you are only using a birth control pill, patch, or IUD so I would recommend other forms of sex that don’t include penetration to stay on the safe side. 

Size Matters

No not that kind of size… the size of the bathtub! Up until a few years ago I just assumed tubs were the same size, and boy was I wrong! I would suggest that you have a decent sized bathtub because then you have more room for relaxing or sex. The average home bathtub will fit two people but it will be pretty cozy and someone is bound to hit their legs or head off the faucet. If you have a choice I would recommend a jetted tub, typically they are a bit deeper and have more room! 

Rub a Dub Dub

Lube is a key player in sex, and this is just as true for sex in the water. You would think that you wouldn’t need to use lube in water since things would be slick already, but water actually has a drying effect on a vagina. This can lead to a lot of friction that can be painful during or after sex. There are 3 main types of lube, water, silicone, and oil-based lubes. Water-based lubes can become very diluted in the tub water so they won’t work best. Silicone-based lubes are the ideal option, they aren’t washed away by the water so it allows for a more enjoyable experience. Oil-based lubes may work but if you are using a condom they don’t mix well! I personally have always preferred silicone lubes.


If you’re an avid movie watcher like me, then you know that bathtub shenanigans are not complete without a few added features. The top two would be music and candles. Most bathtubs won’t have a deep ledge for candles, I would suggest placing them on the counter that way they are out of harm’s way and you still have that ambiance. A second option could be battery candles, there is no open flame and they can be fairly small so you can place them on the floor or tub ledge and not have to worry about setting anything on fire or burning yourself. Music can be fairly easy to set up, Spotify has some GREAT romantic playlists set up already that I would really recommend. To make things less risky use a waterproof speaker instead of your phone, this allows you to keep your phone away from water but also lets you have clearer audio. Bringin drinks or some snacks can be fun as well, but try and choose something that doesn’t have to be handled too much, that way it doesn’t get soggy in your hands.

Moral Of The Story: I love baths! And I love dogs! This post was written post bathtime at my partner’s house when I was dog-sitting, it was nice and relaxing but it was just missing one thing, him.