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Doctors reveal the most dangerous sex position - and it’s also the most popular

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Doctors have finally revealed the answer to one of life’s most pressing questions: what is the most dangerous sex position?

In a study published last month, terrifyingly titled Relationship between sexual position and severity of penile fracture, a group of doctors analysed which sex positions patients were most commonly engaged in before becoming injured.

And while we might expect a series of complicated, or particularly bendy, sex moves worthy of the Kama Sutra to come out on top (sorry), the results showed a rather surprising link between sex positions and injury.

In fact, the study of 90 patients revealed that the most dangerous sex position is actually the one we’ve also voted as our favourite.

So which sex position has been granted this rather dubious-sounding honour?

The most dangerous sex position is also the most popular

The most dangerous sex position is also the most popular

Doggy style is at the top of the list for inducing painful-sounding penile fractures, after doctors found it to be responsible for almost half (41%) of penile fractures.

Sex therapist, Dr. Kat Van Kirk told Vice: “The issue is basically the woman’s pubic bone. It’s slightly differently positioned in each woman. At times, there’s not enough lubrication [and] if there’s enough force or friction or the penis catches on the pubic bone, that’s when the bend will occur in that ligament.”



Doggy style isn’t the only sex position causing problems: it was closely followed by the missionary position, responsible for causing 25% of penile fractures, and then positions in which the woman is on top.

However, as if by fate, the results tie in exactly with the findings of a separate study, which examined the favoured sex positions of 2,000 people living in Europe and US.

The survey, published on online doctor side Dr Ed, found that over a third of people voted for doggy style as their favourite position, followed by missionary (23%) and cowgirl (19%). 

So bare those stats in mind next time you head between the sheets – but don’t worry about it too much, because sex has also been scientifically proven to make us happier, so there’s no need to abstain just yet.

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