Are there any health risks associated with having sex in lakes or more stagnant bodies of water besides the ocean?
Debby: Except for extremely unusual, bad luck scenarios (in which case people wind up with rare infections even from swimming in water), it’s generally fine to have sex in lakes, oceans, bathtubs, and rivers. Avoid anything that looks gross to you or just doesn’t feel right. All that said, no one said it would be easy if by “sex” you mean vaginal or anal intercourse. Although the vagina lubricates on its own, that lubricant pretty much just washes away with water, making vaginal penetration with a penis pretty tricky and often uncomfortable or painful. The anus doesn’t self-lubricate anyway, but may dry up even more underwater. Most people don’t carry silicone-based lubricant with them into lakes or oceans, so that’s unlikely to help. You can still try it if you want — sometimes experiences of trying and feeling ridiculous help to bond two people. You can also widen your ideas of sex and use your fingers to pleasure one another underwater.