5 tips for hot summer outdoor sex

Looking for a way to kick your sex life up a notch this summer? Take your love life...

Looking for a way to kick your sex life up a notch this summer? Take your love life outdoors.(Fotolia)

Simone Paget, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:53 PM ET

Looking for a way to kick your sex life up a notch this summer? Take your love life outdoors.

According to a recent Angus Reid Forum survey conducted by pharmaceutical giant Bayer Inc., when asked where they would most like to have sex this summer, Canadians listed “beach” and “tent” as their number one choices.

The fact that Canadians are keen on the idea of sex in the great outdoors isn’t surprising. People are wearing less clothes and the days are long and steamy - it’s natural that many of us are feeling a little sexier. Dr. Jess O’Reilly PhD, is a Toronto-based sexologist, author, counsellor, television personality and the author of the best-selling book Hot Sex Tips, Tricks, and Licks. As she explains, “The summer season brings an increase in energy levels, vacation time, romance and sexual desire for most Canadians.” With Canadian summers being as short as they often are, it makes sense that we’d try and make these warmer months as sexy as possible before we have to go back to wearing toques and body obscuring parkas.

5 tips for outdoor summer sex

When it comes to spicing up your sex life, breaking out of your normal routine is key. This is where sex outdoors comes in. “With warm weather upon us, the summer provides lots of opportunities for sex in unexpected places,” says Dr. O’Reilly.

However, for those of us who have ever attempted to get in on al fresco, we can probably agree that outdoor sex isn’t always all that it’s cracked up to be. Sex outdoors can be amazingly sexy and liberating, however it can also be a recipe for some very uncomfortable moments. I recall a time when my former partner and I decided to enjoy some outdoor loving in a wooded area adjacent to his family’s farm, only to be awkwardly interrupted when two gawking farmers drove by on a tractor. True story.

As Dr. O’Reilly is careful to point out, when it comes to outdoor sex, planning ahead matters. “I have clients who have been eaten alive by mosquitoes (in all the wrong places!), broken tents and capsized sailboats. One even got a poison ivy rash. Obviously you want to put your safety first, but a few packed essentials can help too: a thick blanket, bug spray, sunscreen and a tent make for a good start. Being spontaneous doesn’t have to mean being unprepared.” It’s also important that you come prepared with your birth control method of choice, condoms and anything else you’ll need to make the experience safe, pleasurable and worry free.

However, before you head into the depths of the wilderness or attempt sex atop a glacier, Dr. O’Reilly suggests testing the waters first. “You might also want to make changes incrementally as opposed to trying to getting too wild right away. For example, a little foreplay on your balcony or in your own backyard at night offers an element of exhibitionism and the thrill of getting caught while providing a safety net, as you can slip back inside at anytime.”

Following Dr. Jess O’Reilly’s tips are sure to keep your summer safe, sexy and (hopefully) devoid of any awkward encounters with bystanders riding farm equipment.

 


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