Can You Get Pregnant In A Hot Tub?


This common question is one that many ask when wanting to relax in hot tubs. Luckily, the answer is a resounding no; you can not get pregnant in a hot tub. This is sometimes confusing, knowing the fact that sperm can live outside the body for a short amount of time. 

Sperm can live outside of the body, but only under the right conditions. Hot tubs are far from the perfect conditions for sperm to live due to the temperature of the water. Even bathtubs can be too hot for sperm to live outside the body. 

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Do hot tubs stop you getting pregnant?

Relaxing in a hot tub, or utilizing a hot tub, won’t stop couples from getting pregnant. However, it may sometimes affect the ability for conception. This can be the case if the male has low sperm counts, and because hot tubs raise the body temperature, healthy sperm can be affected. 

Generally, hot tubs have no effects on female fertility, only the male’s sperm counts. So, if you are trying to get pregnant with your partner, it may be smart to avoid hot tubs during this time. On the other hand, if you are in a hot tub and questioning whether or not the water or heat will stop pregnancy, this is a different story. 

Similar to the answer above, you are unable to get pregnant sitting in a hot tub with a male. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and using the proper means for each given situation is key. 

How long can sperm survive in a hot tub?

In many cases, sperm can live outside the body. The lifespan of sperm outside the body will last around 15 to 30 minutes under the right conditions. The right conditions must be warm or moist, and it likely needs to be resting on a dry surface. 

This is why extremely hot water, found in a hot tub, isn’t the right condition for sperm to live. In this situation, sperm will last only a few seconds in these conditions. And the same can be said for bathtubs. Likely, hot bath water is still too hot for sperm to live outside of the body for more than a few seconds, similar to that of a hot tub. 

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Can you be pregnant in a Jacuzzi?

This is a question that has a more complex answer than the other ones in this article. There are some that will argue both yes and no to this question. Even though there isn’t loads of research on this topic, opposing sides have been formed. 

Because spending 10 minutes or more in a hot tub can significantly raise the body’s temperature, birth defects could be related to these elevated temperatures. However, again, we confirm there needs to be more research for this to be a definite cause. 

Generally, for those that are pregnant, it’s advised to avoid hot tubs and jacuzzis because of the risks of possible dehydration or overheating. In cases like these, fainting or dehydration can cause problems in pregnancy that should be avoided at all costs.


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