Fracture of the penis is a rare occurrence and although the word fracture isn’t like the breakage seen in bone fracture, in this case, its actually a bad tear or rupture of fibres within the cavities of the erect penile shaft.
Sudden blunt trauma or abrupt lateral bending of the penis in an erect state can break the markedly thinned and stiff tunica albuginea, resulting in a fractured penis. This can happen during an intense or rough sexual intercourse and through research, some sex positions have been incriminated in penile fracture. Hmmm…
A study published in the journal Nature discovered this particular position, where a man penetrates a woman from behind, was the worst for causing penile fracture, closely followed by missionary or ‘man-on-top’. Surprised?!
For the study, researchers looked into the sex lives of 90 patients, whose average age was 39, that had been diagnosed with penile fracture.
It became clear that sex was the cause of penile fracture in 69 cases, with ‘doggy style’ causing 37 cases which is about 41% of penile fractures, missionary or ‘man-on-top’ causing 23 cases or 25% and ‘woman-on-top’ causing 9 cases or 10 %.
When it came to severity of fracture, researchers found there wasn’t really a difference between ‘doggy style’ and ‘man-on-top’. However ‘doggy style’ definitely caused more severe fractures than the ‘woman-on-top’ position.
Researchers concluded: “The ‘man-on-top’ or missionary position and ‘doggy style’ positions showed more associations with bilateral fractures of the corpus cavernosum and urethral lesions. ” Ouch!
According to a sex therapist, to prevent such injuries from happening during moments of passion, it’s best to be mindful of problematic positions.
Men are advised to take firm hold of their partner’s hips to ensure they stay in position and to avoid unusually hard surfaces like table or cemented floor.
Do you and your partner practice any of these implicated styles? Well, you have been informed. *coughs *