What’s not to like about shower sex? It’s steamy (literally), streams of water cascade down both lovers’ bodies and, of course, both are already naked. Shower sex can be thrilling for both partners, but there are special considerations that need to be kept in mind, ones that don’t always come into play in the bedroom (or any other place besides the shower). Regular showers are clearly a component of good penis health, and shower sex can be a healthy component of a couple’s sex life when the following are taken into account.

Lube Back-Up

There are few places wetter than the shower, but, somewhat ironically, showers can dry out natural lubrication from the penis and vagina alike. That’s because the water washes away the organs’ lube, and water simply doesn’t pass muster when it comes to providing adequate friction prevention during sex.

Silicone-based lubricants are a couple’s best bet in the shower, as they’re the hardest for shower water to wash away. Ample lubrication is important for preventing friction that can result in penile and vaginal soreness. So keep a good silicone-based lube handy for shower play.

Be Safe

Nothing kills the mood like a partner slipping in the tub while having sex. This is not only categorically unsexy, but poses a serious health risk should the fallen partner smack his or her head on the tub or wall.

The first step to preventing falls during shower sex is to ensure that a shower mat is placed securely on the base of the tub. Shower mats provide friction that prevents slips on the wet, soapy shower floor.

Second, couples should consider investing in a few shower handles. Inexpensive, detachable handles with suction cups allow partners to move them around easily, helping keep both partners steady in a variety of positions.

Another safety area to consider is the use of protection. Some are concerned that condoms are more likely to slip off in the shower. Men can combat this concern by not standing directly in the water stream.

Don’t Push It

For some people, sex in the shower means more openness to activities they aren’t interested in when in a dry environment, particularly when their usual lack of interest involves concerns of cleanliness. Anal play, whether penetration or stimulation by a finger or mouth, is one common area of sex that becomes more acceptable to some when in the shower.

However, a man should never assume that a partner who is uninterested in anal play outside the shower is necessarily down for it during sudsy time. Ideally, couples will discuss this before the clothes come off. If partners are already in the shower and a man wants to know, he should always ask before pursuing a new sexual activity. Never place one’s finger, mouth or penis near another’s posterior without prior consent. Otherwise, a man risks not only turning a partner off completely, but violating him or her as well and causing a major rift in trust.

Take Care of the Penis

If a man has taken the above considerations into mind, he’s likely to have some pretty amazing sex sessions in the shower. Even though he may have used plenty of lube, it’s not unheard of to experience penile soreness or irritation after vigorous romps. That’s why applying a moisturizer to the penis is a good idea. A quality penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) not only contains natural hydrators like vitamin E and Shea butter, but ingredients that promote penile sensitivity and proper blood flow as well, like acetyl L-carnitine and L-arginine. Keeping the sex safe and the penis healthy will benefit both partners, whether in the shower or in bed.