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Woman on top is the most unsafe sex position: study

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LONDON — A group of Canadian researchers has found that the “woman on top’ sex position is most perilous for men, as this position is responsible for half of all penile fractures in the bedroom.

Penile fracture is a relatively uncommon clinical condition that causes fear and shame to the patient and can hamper sexual functions.

For the study, the group took a look at three hospitals in Campinas, a city of three million people in Brazil, used hospital’s records and in some cases talked with the patients directly, Telegraph reported.

“Our study upholds the way that sex with ‘woman on top’ is the possibly least secure sexual position identified with penile fracture,” the authors noted.

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They took a looked at patients with suspected “penile fractures” over a 13-year period.

50% of them, with average age 34, reported hearing a crack before experiencing pain, with some also suffering swelling. Some of them waited up to six hours before seeking for medical help.

“Our hypothesis is that when woman is on top, she generally controls the movement with her whole body weight landing on the erect penis, not being able to interrupt it when the penis suffers a wrong way penetration,” the creators noted.

The research was published in the Advances in Urology journal.

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Sexual assault, harassment linked to worse physical and mental health among women

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Experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault could have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of midlife women, a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has suggested.

Sexual harassment and sexual assault are highly prevalent experiences among women, according to the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine,also will be presented at the North American Menopause Society meeting on Friday, Oct 5 2018 in San Diego, CA.

“When it comes to sexual harassment or sexual assault, our study shows that lived experiences may have a serious impact on women’s health, both mental and physical,” said Rebecca Thurston, PhD, professor of psychiatry, Pitt School of Medicine and the study’s first and senior author.

In the study, Thurston and her colleagues analysed the association between a history of sexual assault or workplace verbal or physical sexual harassment and physical and mental health parameters such as blood pressure, sleep, mood and anxiety.

“This is an issue that needs to be tackled with urgency not just in terms of treatment but in terms of prevention,” she added.

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The analysis was conducted among a group of 304 midlife women between the ages of 40 and 60 who were originally recruited as part of a larger study on association between menopause and cardiovascular health.

In the study group, approximately one in five women reported being either sexually harassed or sexually assaulted. Women who were younger or more financially stressed were more likely to be harassed.

Importantly, the study found that assaulted women were almost three times more likely to have symptoms consistent with major depression and were more than two times more likely to have elevated anxiety. Sexual harassment was associated with higher prevalence of hypertension.

Both sexual harassment and sexual assault were associated with a two-fold higher likelihood of poor sleep consistent with clinical insomnia.

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