Sex is fun. Or at least it should be! The trouble is, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Our sexy bits can be a bit fragile in the wrong hands and people do like to experiment with objects that were never meant to be used for sexual gratification. In this article, we are going to address burning questions like “can you break a penis?” and “can I use my vacuum cleaner as a sex aid?”. Read on for some sobering facts!
Back pain is pretty high up there in the pain agenda. A slipped disc is positively excruciating, which you already know if you have suffered this one. Unfortunately, back pain is an unwelcome side effect of vigorous sex. The older we get, the less supple we are. Acrobatic sex is doable in our 20s, but not recommend in our 40s – unless you’re a yoga instructor. Don’t try and be too physical when having sex. You don’t need to swing from the wardrobe in your batman suit to have a good time. Sex can be just as enjoyable lying on the bed!
Can you break your penis? Unfortunately, yes. Ask any A&E doctor what is the most painful sex-related injury they have seen in the course of their work and a penis break is likely to be at the top of that list. Penises don’t have bones, but they can break. A penile fracture happens when a penis is subjected to extreme force in an unnatural direction, usually when erect. Blood-filled cells burst causing internal bleeding and tissues tear. It’s very painful and if left untreated, it can cause long-term physical problems – not to mention psychological scars. You can learn more about a penis break here. So, the next time you ask yourself, ‘can a penis break?’, you’ll know.
Women are not immune to painful sex injuries. Like men, their sexy bits are prone to tears and injuries. The good news is that for women, vaginal tears are unlikely to happen if a woman is sufficiently aroused before sexual intercourse takes place. The vagina is a wonderful thing. It can accommodate a baby’s head, so it can easily accept a penis or penile shaped object. However, if a vagina is dry, the tissues are less flexible and more injury prone. Be aware that vaginal dryness is a common side effect of menopause, so use lubrication if foreplay isn’t working. And if you do suffer vaginal tearing, don’t worry, small tears usually heal on their own.
Having sex in different places is fun but romping on a cheap nylon carpet is less fun when you realise you have carpet burn. Carpet burn is a friction burn rather than an actual burn, but it can be surprisingly painful! To avoid nasty red inflamed patches on your backside, back, or anywhere else, stick to the sofa or bed, or put a throw on the floor before you get down and dirty.
This list is not exhaustive. Spikey vegetables, vacuum cleaners used as masturbatory tools, and missing tampons can all cause a lot of pain during sexual activity.