- New study posted in the International Journal of Impotence Research
- Doctors analysed which sex positions were the most dangerous for men
- Doggy style was most dangerous, followed by missionary and ‘woman on top’
Missionary is the second most dangerous sex position, doctors have revealed.
In a new study, published in the Journal of Impotence Research, experts looked at the “relationship between sexual position and severity of penile fracture” in heterosexual partnerships.
They then categorised different sex positions according to which posed the most danger to men.
The biggest offender was “doggy style,” which causes 41 per cent of penile fractures, the study found.
Despite being one of the more popular positions, ‘doggy style’ can lead to the unsuspecting man hitting a woman’s pelvic bone, causing it to potentially snap.
Tracey Cox told MailOnline: ‘I see why this is the most dangerous of the three – especially if it’s done at the end of the bed.
‘All it takes if for him to thrust enthusiastically and her to shift position a little and next thing, he’s fallen out and about to hit the hard end of the bed with force.
‘Stop it happening to you by taking firm hold of her hips to make sure she stays in position.
Missionary was the second most threatening, causing 25 per cent of penile fracture cases, followed by sex with the woman of top.
The research comes after a recent study which looked at the UK’s favourite sex positions and revealed that, whilst most dangerous, “doggy style” is also the most popular amongst sexually active Brits, with one in four citing it as their all-time favourite position.
This was followed by women being on top (23 per cent) and missionary (21 per cent).
They noted that doggy style sex and missionary could cause equally serious penile fracture, while the woman being on top was the least dangerous.
‘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,’” the study’s authors explained.
They gathered data by examining 90 patients who had been diagnosed with penile fractures and subsequently assessed the dangers of different sex positions by analysing the mechanisms of each individual’s injury.
Participants had an average age of 39.
They also found that missionary and “doggy style” showed more associations with “bilateral fractures of the corpus cavernosum and urethral lesions.”
A penile fracture occurs when the appendage is subject to a sharp, blunt force trauma, which can occur during vigorous intercourse or masturbation.
Since 1924, 1,600 cases have been recorded worldwide – roughly 16 instances per year, the Telegraph previously reported.
Researchers noted that in 50 per cent of cases, a gruesome cracking sound can be heard. Four in five male victims lost their erection.
Those who have already been traumatised from breaking their penis are often left with erectile dysfunction problems and a lifetime of painful sex.
Earlier this year, MailOnline reported on a man from southern China who was left in agony after breaking his penis during sex with his wife.
Doctors found that his penis was at an odd angle and was in a swollen shape that made it look like an eggplant.
He was diagnosed with a penile fracture after tearing a sponge-like erectile tissue called corpora cavernosa.
Blood flows into corpora cavernosa that runs along the penis and making it hard during an erection.
The trick to stopping penile injuries is to thrust quite shallowly, according to MailOnline sex expert Tracey Cox.
‘Holding your partner close to you using a grinding rather than thrusting motion will also reduce the risk’, she told MailOnline.