FACT: Nope. Some people think that you can get pregnant by sitting in a hot tub that contains ejaculate. While the hot tub pregnancy myth has gained a fair bit of traction, it remains a myth. If this were true, there would be danger in sitting in a hot tub with anyone who has a penis thanks to the whole “precum often contains sperm” thing we were just talking about! Using a hot tub does not even carry a slightly increased risk of pregnancy.
Although sperm can survive outside of the body for a little while, the conditions need to be right, and the water temperature of a hot tub alone is not “right” – partly because of dilution by the water removing sperm from the semen itself, which is the fluid that contains and protects the sperm. This is also why using a swimming pool or a bathtub after or with a man won’t get you pregnant.
You absolutely can get pregnant if you have unprotected sex in a hot tub though. Remember: unprotected sex always carries a risk of pregnancy.
If you have had unprotected sex (regardless of location) and are concerned that you could be at risk of unplanned pregnancy, ellaOne® is the most effective morning after pill* and can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex (although it is the most effective when taken as soon as possible). You can pick it up at your local pharmacy or online.
If you’re interested in reading more about the misinformation surrounding contraception and conception, why not check out these morning after pill myths, or test your knowledge by seeing if you can tell fact from fiction?
*Verify at ellaone.co.uk/verify
ellaOne® 30mg film-coated tablet contains ulipristal acetate and is indicated for emergency contraception within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure. Always read the label.