If one is to believe research, the bathroom is a pretty popular place to have sex. According to a 2014 survey of 1,000 respondents by Durex, which studied the average American’s fantasy vs. reality orgasm experience, 54 per cent of the respondents said they were satisfied with sex in the shower. If you want to be part of that happy club and wash away any embarrassing memories of sex in the shower, read on.
There may be a lot to love about shower sex, but it does require some prepping—and working out. “To pull off shower sex, both partners need to be as flexible as a yoga practitioner. It calls for upper body and lower body strength to support each other’s body,” says Milan Vohra, India’s first Mills & Boon writer.
Time to accessorise
Specially designed shower accessories are now available to make shower sex safe. Skid-proof mats, single-locking suction footrests as well as single and dual-locking suction handles make it easier for couples to steam things up in a variety of positions. They also reduce the risk of slipping.
Check the water
Consensus on the water temperature may sound like a non-issue, but is a deal breaker for many. Erotica writer Scarlett Grey says, “My husband and I like to spice things up a bit sometimes. One day, my husband got into the shower and started off the mechanics of the whole thing. I took off my clothes, got in and almost screamed! That was the day I realised my husband likes showering in scalding hot water.”
Slip it on
It’s easy to get caught in the moment, but both partners should know that condoms too are prone to slipping in the shower. “Also, don’t use soap or shower gel as lubricants because they can cause irritation. Use silicone-based lubes or even vegetable oil instead,” adds Dr NandKishore Shapur Kamalakar, Senior Consultant, Urology at Columbia Asia Hospitals, Bangalore.
Lead up and follow through
If you’re not still convinced about shower sex, use the steamy shower stall to work up some lather and love hormones. “Finish up in the bedroom and return to the shower to cool off,” says Vohra.