Gay bathhouses, also known as gay saunas are commercial spaces for men to have sex with other men. In gay slang in some regions these venues are also known colloquially
as "the baths", "the Sauna" or "the tubs," but they should not be confused with public bathing. Gay baths are for sex, not bathing.
Not all men who visit gay bathhouses consider themselves gay, regardless of their sexual behavior. Bathhouses for women are rare, though some men's bathhouses occasionally have "lesbian" or "women only" nights.
Saunas vary considerably in size and amenities—from small establishments with 10 or 20 rooms and a handful of lockers to multi-story saunas with a variety of room styles or sizes and several steam baths, Jacuzzi tubs, and sometimes swimming pools. Most have a steam room (or wet sauna), dry sauna, showers, lockers, and small private rooms.