Sex is supposed to be fun and there are plenty of ways to spice up your sex life, and one of them is to try out new positions.
However, there are common positions that can turn out to be dangerous and capable of injuring your penis if not done with caution.
A penile injury is a medical emergency that afflicts the penis and common injuries include fracture, avulsion, strangulation, entrapment, and amputation.
And dangerous sex positions can lead to penile injury. A team of researchers in the United States who studied the most harmful type of sex positions that can cause penile fractures amongst men concluded that some very common sex positions which we often take for granted can lead to it.
The work published in the Journal of Impotence Research actually put the very popular doggy style at the top of the list, with 41 percent chances of causing penile fractures.
What this means is that during the moment of heat and passion, it is possible that the male penis can break, causing trauma and a lot of pain.
A common mistake many people make is assuming the penis has a bone that cannot be broken. This, however, is incorrect because it can still be left feeling ‘broken’, particularly if it hits the woman’s pelvic bone whilst having intense sex.
For the study, 90 men between the ages of 18 and 66 with a penile fracture were assessed by the scientists with the researchers studying different positions and mechanisms behind the injury, including masturbation or penile manipulation, the missionary position, doggy style, and the woman on top during sexual intercourse.
The missionary position came in second place, even though it may not be as complicated as other toe-touching and twisting Kama Sutra-like positions.
Still, it turns out it can be a bit risky if you’re not careful. The researchers noted that both the doggy-style and missionary positions have ‘more associations with bilateral fractures of the corpus cavernosum and urethral lesions’ than the woman on top.
The woman on top came in as the third most dangerous type of sexual position. The researchers noted that though there was no clear observable difference between the severity of the penile fracture between the ‘doggy style’ and ‘man-on-top’, the ‘doggy style’ had more severity of penile fracture when compared with ‘woman-on-top.’
So here is what they came up with as the most dangerous sex positions that can cause penis injuries during sex.
1. Doggy style
The doggy style is about the most popular sex position especially with the pleasure it brings to lovers but it is also a very dangerous position if things get out of hand.
According to physical therapist Kristi Latham, the founder of Beyond Therapy and Wellness, a forceful hit could result in an injury especially if the penis hits the pelvic bone of the woman and this could lead to penile injury.
Additionally, doggy style and its many other variants can also cause things to enter places that weren’t ready for them.
2. Woman on top
The woman on top position may be the most preferable position for most women who want to have an intense orgasm during sex but this sex position that puts most men’s penises in danger.
This is because sometimes, there’s not enough lubrication when the woman is on top, making penetration sore. The force of the thrust can also lead to injury.
When a woman is on top, she usually controls her movement with her entire body weight, which can also be dangerous is not done right.
3. Missionary position
Even the most boring position could leave a man with the most horrific penile injury. According to an article on NZ Herald, researchers noted how 21 percent of penile fractures occurred when the man was trying to climax while on top of his woman.
When in complete control of the speed and power of each thrust, this can lead to a man hitting the pelvic bone without intending to.
4. Reverse cowgirl
You’re sitting on top of him and leaning back with your hands on his chest instead of leaning forward, and this can be dangerous.
A study from the US National Center for Biotechnology Information states that like an elbow or knee, the erect penis can be hyper-extended if you put too much or frequent downward pressure on the shaft.