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.
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.
Men also suffer from post-sex sadness
Even men feel sad after having sex owing to several reasons, according to a recent study which found that men suffer from Postcoital Dysphoria (PCD) which results in sadness, tearfulness or irritability following sex.
“The study breaks down the results of an international anonymous online survey of 1,208 men from Australia, the USA, the UK, Russia, New Zealand, Germany and elsewhere,” said a researcher Joel Maczkowiack in the paper published by the international journal of Sex & Marital Therapy.
The study focused mostly on men in heterosexual relationships, and all of the sexual relationships were consensual.
Co-author Professor Robert Schweitzer said that comments from the men he surveyed included, “I feel empty, I feel unsatisfied, I don’t want to be touched, I want to be left alone.”
Of the 1,207 men surveyed for the study, 41 per cent had experienced PCD, and 20 per cent had experienced it in the previous four weeks.
“Forty-one percent of the participants reported experiencing PCD in their lifetime with 20 percent reporting they had experienced it in the previous four weeks. Up to four percent suffered from PCD on a regular basis,” he added.
“The first three phases of the human sexual response cycle — excitement, plateau, and orgasm — have been the focus of the majority of research to date,” said Schweitzer.
Researchers said that men who participated and who had experienced sadness following sex described experiences ranging from “I don’t want to be touched and want to be left alone” to feeling unsatisfied, “annoyed and very fidgety.
“Another described feeling ’emotionless and empty’ in contrast to the men who experienced the post-coital experience positively, and used descriptors such as a ‘feeling of well-being, satisfaction, contentment’ and closeness to their partner,” he added.
“The experience of the resolution phase remains a bit of a mystery and is therefore poorly understood. It is commonly believed that males and females experience a range of positive emotions including contentment and relaxation immediately following consensual sexual activity,” he added.
Previous studies on PCD experience found that a similar proportion of females had experienced PCD on a regular basis.
But the case with men is not well understood at the moment.
“We would speculate that the reasons are multifactorial, including both biological and psychological factors,” Schweitzer further pointed out.
Anecdotal evidence from clinical settings as well as personal accounts posted on online blogs suggested that PCD did occur amongst males and had the potential to interfere with couple interactions following sex.
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