Are Bubble Baths Safe When Trying To Conceive?

I don’t know about you, but a warm bath with a good romance novel after a stressful day is one of my favorite ways to relax. But I’ve recently seen a lot of negative feedback on baths while trying to conceive. So I did some research. And here is what I found out:

Warm baths for her are OK. Warm baths for him are NOT.

Dr. David Diaz, a reproductive endocrinologist and fertility expert at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, says, thankfully, you don’t have to give up those luxurious, glorious, hot baths. Which, let’s be honest, are a lifesaver some days. In fact, your eggs thrive in a warm environment. Score. “A woman’s eggs are stored in the ovaries, which are ‘intra-abdominal’ organs, located deep inside the pelvis,” he says in an email interview with Romper. “This means their normal environmental temperature is 98.6 degrees. This implies that they function best within the body’s naturally warm, moist environment.”

“Our natural core body temperature is maintained by multiple thermo-regulatory mechanisms designed to protect us from excessive heat build-up,” Diaz says. “Dilation of our blood vessels, perspiration, and increased breathing all work to cool the body and maintain normal temperature at all times. It is therefore unlikely that a long bath, sauna, or a hot tub would affect the number and quality of a woman’s ‘oocytes’ (eggs).”

According to Diaz, the best ways to make sure you keep your egg counts up and healthy include not smoking, not drinking excessively, and maintaining a healthy weight.

The best ways to be healthy include not smoking, not drinking excessively, and maintaining a healthy weight.

But what about your partner? Can he hop in the tub with you for a little romantic time, or are the wives tales right and it will hurt his sperm? Unfortunately, according to the Mayo Clinic, heat most certainly does affect men’s fertility, and keeping “the boys” (testicles) cool is an important step in making sure he’s at peak fertility. When testicle temperatures get too hot, it causes a low sperm count. Heat from saunas, showers lasting more than 30 minutes, electric blankets, heating pads, and tight clothing like briefs and spandex could cause your testicles to become too hot, which decreases sperm quantity, the Mayo Clinic noted.

However, according to Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a reproductive endocrinologist at Prelude Fertility, “Even though there will be a transient increase in scrotal temperature during a hot shower, the increase for a short period of time will not affect sperm production, which is constant in healthy men.”

Dr. Philip Werthman, a urologist and director for the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Vasectomy Reversal in Los Angeles, California, does add that men who use hot tubs experience a drop in sperm production. “Simply put, heat is bad for sperm, and as a result, makes it extremely difficult for a couple trying to conceive,” Werthman says.

Werthman also notes that it’s important for men to not hold laptops in their laps. “Laptop computers generate a great deal of heat that can be bad for sperm. I recommend to my patients keeping their laptop on a pillow or closer to their knees to avoid having the testes unnecessarily exposed to heat.”

“As long as you’re not having trouble conceiving, you should be fine to use a hot tub for up to half an hour a week. But if you have a low sperm count, or it’s taking you a long time to get pregnant, it may be better to avoid them altogether.” says Amin Gafar, Fertility Treatment Expert.

“This is because your testicles need to be several degrees cooler than your body temperature to produce healthy sperm. If your groin gets too hot, you may produce less sperm, and those you do produce may be of a lower quality. This can all make it more difficult for you and your partner to conceive.

Sperm cells that are still growing are especially vulnerable, and it can take up to three months to produce a mature sperm cell. So using a hot tub in January may affect your sperm until March or April. The good news is that your sperm is very likely to recover once you stop using hot tubs, ” continues Gafar.

Even the heat from hot, steamy summers can affect sperm count, adds Shapiro. “It has long been known that sperm counts drift down during the summer months, and that pregnancy occurs less frequently during the summer as a result.”

So fear not, and partake in that hot, luxurious bath as often as you’d like — you absolutely deserve it. The one caveat that I will add is to be mindful of what you are adding to your water. The skin is the bodies largest organ and baths are a great way to nourish from the outside in. Just remember that your skin drinks whatever you put on it. When it comes to baths, I don’t suggest adding anything you wouldn’t want to drink. 

*PAUSE* SO YOU MEAN NO FANCY BUBBLE BATHS OR BATH BOMBS? YES! THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN. Most of the bubble baths, salt soaks, and bath gels you find in the store are laced with chemicals. Chemicals you do not want on or in your body, especially when you are trying to conceive.

As far as your partner goes, maybe ask him to limit his showers to 30 minutes or less, make sure he chooses boxers over briefs, and perhaps you should invest in a laptop “table” for his lap, to keep it away from the boys.

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