Shower sex is pretty damn hot… in theory. But between height differences, soap in the wrong places, and slipping and falling, here’s how to go to town on each other without the frustration.
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Let’s start with the obvious: safety. Sportsheets has an entire line of products that help you avoid slipping and falling mid-thrust. A single or dual suction locking handle can give each of you some much-needed leverage. You can even try out these suction handcuffs to add a little S&M flavour to your shower adventures! This suction foot rest can give you or your partner a place to prop up one leg. (Incidentally, it also serves as a handy resting place when you’re shaving your legs.) At the very least, put a rubber bath mat on the floor of your shower. The dangers of slipping are real, people.
Don’t Use Condoms…
Another important safety note: condoms aren’t reliable in the shower. They are prone to slipping off more easily, and can degrade during contact with the water. So make sure you have a second mode of pregnancy and/or STI prevention.
…But Do Use Lube
Water will keep things nice and wet, right? Wrong! Water actually dries up natural vaginal lubrication and can make penetration much more difficult. If there’s vaginal or anal penetration involved in the sex you’re having, you’re going to need to use additional lubrication, even if you don’t need it normally.
Water-based lubes will wash away, so make sure your lube is silicone-based. It can withstand contact with water for a pretty long time. Just don’t forget to wash it off with soap afterwards, and keep in mind that silicone lubes can ruin silicone sex toys.
Do It Standing Up
Unless you have a shower worthy of MTV’s Cribs, you’re probably going to have a limited number of positions available to you. If you’re having any sort of penetrative sex, your best bet is to be standing up, both facing in the same direction. The partner being penetrated can hold their hands up against the shower wall for leverage. The person doing the penetrating can also push against the wall or can hold on to one of the aforementioned handles. Try not to use your partner for leverage, as you’ll be more likely to slip (and when one of you falls, the other will almost certainly fall on top of you).
One of the trickiest challenges of shower sex is dealing with height discrepancies. If one of you is significantly taller than the other, have the shorter person keep their legs closer together, and the taller person widen their stance or squat a bit. Don’t ever try to stand on the rim of a tub! If you’re around the same height, you can try standing up, facing each other, with the penetrated partner propping their leg up against a suction foot rest.
Don’t Limit Yourselves to Penetration
Remember, intercourse isn’t the only way to have sex, and other intimate activities can be be more suited to the shower. Fellatio enthusiasts can have their guy stand at the edge of the shower head’s radius, so that the water is being deflected by his back and not getting into your eyes (it also helps to have a cushy bath mat to protect your knees). Or use some silicone lube to give an extra-slippery handjob. Push your lady against the wall of the shower and finger her from behind. You can also bring waterproof (emphasis on waterproof) sex toys into the shower to help get each other off with less effort. The shower is also a great place for anal play, especially if you’re usually a big squeamish about the back door. You get the reassurance of knowing that everything is perfectly clean right before getting started.
You can also use the shower as foreplay. Tease your partner by letting them to watch you clean yourself, but forbidding them from joining you. Or you can make out and taunt each other with your hands and mouths, then move out of the shower to finish each other off (perhaps on a sturdy counter in your bathroom?)
Give the Tub a Try
Bathtub sex doesn’t tend to get as much attention as shower sex, but it can be just as fun. If you’re having penetrative sex, the penetrated partner can get on top facing towards or away from their partner. They can prop themselves up on their feet, and can use their hands on the tub rim for even more leverage. Or the catcher can sit in the pitcher’s lap, and they can grind against each other. Be conservative with how high to fill the tub unless you want to spend your post-orgasm afterglow mopping up the mess!
If you’re lucky enough to have some jets in your tub, you can strategically line up against the stream for some delightful pressure in all the right places. Revel Body makes a product called the Sol that creates a wonderfully unique suction sensation in the bath, perfect for nipples and other sensitive spots.
Keep It Quick
I highly recommend going for a quickie when you’re having shower sex. It can make the experience feel that much more intense and passionate, not to mention save you from sore limbs, prune fingers, and irritation from soaps and other bath products. Remember; you can always continue after you get out!