I remember *exactly* how I first learned that you can break a penis: It was a plot point in the underrated 2002 teen comedy The New Guy, which I was inexplicably allowed to watch at the age of 9. Ever since being burdened with the knowledge that a guy's penis can just break, I've always secretly been afraid that one day, I'd witness (or cause) a penile fracture, which made me wonder, which sex positions are the most dangerous?
A recent study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research evaluated the relationship between different sex positions and the severity of penile fractures in order to see if certain positions are more "dangerous" than others when it comes to the risk of breaking your penis. The researchers studied 90 patients with penile fractures and took note of things like how the fracture occurred and how severe it was. They found that a whopping 77 percent of penile fractures were a result of "sexual trauma," as opposed to things like blunt (non-sexual) trauma or rolling over onto the penis.
"A penile 'fracture' is the rupture of the tunica albuginea of an erect penis due to some form of trauma, typically during sexual activity," Rachel Gelman, DPT, PT, Pelvic Health Expert, tells Bustle. "An erect penis basically creates a fulcrum that causes a snapping or breaking event to occur. When this injury occurs men may develop swelling and pain and typically require immediate medical attention. This injury can lead to the development of Peyronie's disease where plaques form in the penis, causing a curve/bend to develop in the penis. Trauma to the penis can also result in urethral injury."
Clearly, sex isn't all fun and games. Here are the most dangerous sex positions for anyone who's terrified of fracturing their penis (and who isn't?). If your favorite sex position is on the list, maybe be a little more cautious between the sheets from now on.