Watersports, also known as urolagnia, urophilia, urine play, pee play, or piss play, involves activities related to urine, like urinating on, in front of, or with another person—basically any erotic thing with urine.

People into watersports might dig being watched while peeing or watching their partner pee. They might be into getting peed on or doing the peeing, even on sensitive spots like face, breasts, and/or genitals (aka a “golden shower”). It can get pretty intense, tying into BDSM with acts like peeing in a partner’s vagina, rectum, or mouth, symbolizing possession, punishment, domination, submission, or humiliation. Watersports can be on the extreme side, physically or mentally, often considered a type of edge play.

Now, watersports isn’t just for the hardcore. In vanilla sex, some folks simply enjoy the warm sensation of urine on their bodies or get turned on by the visual and auditory experience of their partner peeing. It’s not just for fetishists and kinksters—couples find it can amp up emotional intimacy and sexual satisfaction.

Why do People Enjoy Watersports?

Alright, let’s dive into why some folks get a kick out of watersports. The excitement, both mentally and physically, plays a part. The feeling of a full bladder can crank up sexual pleasure, and for some women, peeing during peak pleasure can trigger or boost an orgasm. Those who experience squirting might relate—the female ejaculate might have a tiny bit of urine.

Now, here’s where the taboo-breaking kicks in. Engaging in watersports goes against the grain of societal norms labeling certain bodily fluids as not-so-hygienic. Just breaking this taboo can spark sexual arousal, sometimes mingled with a dash of shame. For some, it’s this mix of shame and arousal that makes watersports appealing.

And for those who identify as dominant or submissive, the play can involve some power exchange, like the humiliation of public peeing, urinating in steamy positions or places, the sensation of wetting oneself, sipping on urine, or holding it in until it gets a bit uncomfortable (within reason, of course).

Are Watersports Safe?

Alright, let’s talk safety when it comes to watersports. Now, if someone’s in good health, their urine is mostly water and sterile, so a little sip isn’t an issue. But if there’s an infection in the mix, it’s a no-go. To play it safe, it’s smart to start the urine exposure mid-stream rather than right from the beginning. This way, any bacteria hanging around can get flushed out, especially if there’s a risk of a urinary tract infection.

Now, worst-case scenario time. Sex therapist Russell Stambaugh mentions that, in extreme cases, getting peed on could potentially lead to hepatitis B or cytomegalovirus. But catching these would mean getting contaminated pee in the face or an open wound. Dr. Hunter Handsfield from the American Sexual Health Association chimes in, saying watersports aren’t likely to spread STIs because the liquid can’t carry the “large amounts of causative bacteria and viruses needed.” BeSafeMeds backs this up, stating that the chance of catching an STD from a golden shower is practically zero.

And here’s a side note: Any meds or supplements you’re taking will show up in your urine, which might not make it the tastiest drink. Staying well-hydrated is a good move to keep the urine diluted, whether you’re on meds or not.

How to Try Watersports

Alright, if you’re curious about giving watersports a go, here’s a simple guide:

1. Plan it out and stick to the plan—communication is key. Figure out where you want to do it, be it in the shower, on a bed, or somewhere else. If not in the shower, decide where the pee goes and how you’ll clean up.

2. Since watersports often go down in the bathtub or shower with the water off, make sure to clean the tub and clear away any toiletries. It keeps things hygienic and gives you space without worrying about knocking stuff over.

3. Hydrate like there’s no tomorrow. Both partners should pee at least once beforehand and keep sipping water. The goal is to flush out the system and make the urine more diluted.

5. Depending on preferences, start with some foreplay—kissing, mutual masturbation—to get in the mood. Quick note: partners with penises might struggle to pee when fully erect, so factor that into your plan.

6. When everyone’s ready, follow through with the plan you’ve hashed out. But remember, if anyone feels like changing things up or stopping, open communication is a must.

7. Once you’re done, a hot, steamy shower together is a natural next step.

Let’s talk about the crucial element in any sexual activity, including watersports: consent. Before things heat up, have a discussion about your terms and preferences. Are certain body parts off-limits? Face, mouth, or anything else? Having a clear plan ensures everyone is on the same page with consent, avoiding unexpected surprises. Both partners must fully consent, and both should know they can halt the act anytime, for any reason. To make communication smoother, setting up a safeword beforehand is a smart move.