Just when you thought condoms were all you needed to have safe and fun sex, a bunch of scientists come back with research that shares more facts on dangerous sex regardless of whether or not you’re wearing a condom… or a helmet and knee pads.
A team of researchers studied the most harmful type of sex positions that can cause penile fractures amongst cishet men, with their work published in the Journal of Impotence Research. Surprisingly, “doggy style” was at the top of the list, with 41 percent of penile fractures. Woah!
This means that during a moment of heat and passion, it's possible the male penis can break, causing trauma and a lot of pain. In fact, a common mistake many people make is assuming the penis has a bone that can be broken. This is incorrect, but 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. The researchers studied 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 woman on top. Essentially, there is a greater possibility of harm from those two positions.
The woman on top came in as the third most dangerous type of sexual position. The authors of the study said: "We do not observe differences between the severity of the penile fracture between the ‘doggy style’ and 'man-on-top’, but the 'doggy style' had more severity of penile fracture when compared with 'woman-on-top.'”