MOST of us have had an “accident with a vacuum cleaner” at some point in our lives.
Chances are you’ve worn a scarf in the middle of summer to cover up the evidence of a hickey while frantically rubbing layers of foundation onto your neck, or better yet insisted a birthmark just ‘cropped up overnight’. Right.
But there are so many more painful, and surprisingly common ways you can hurt yourself in the heat of the moment.
According to a study by Meetville, every year, one third of adults injure themselves during sex. The most dangerous spot? The sofa — where wine glasses are frequently forgotten (the second most common broken item during sex). The garden also made the top ten (perhaps it rubs the birds and the bees the wrong way?), as did the bed (the most common thing broken during sex) and the kitchen table.
Tumbling off the bed can hurt like hell and leave a nasty bruise, but many apparently forget with a whopping 40 per cent of people not realising they’ve hurt themselves until the following morning.
My friend Laura once managed to tear an intercostal muscle (the very fine muscle fibres between the ribs) during a love making session. She didn’t realise until the next day when she tried to get out of bed and could barely move. If you’ve ever torn one of these little guys you’ll know how painful it is (don’t even try and sneeze, it’s excruciating!) and there is pretty much nothing you can do other than rest and wait it out.
Dr Barak Sered, Family Medicine Resident at Mentefiore Medical Center in New York, has seen it all. He says by far the most common sex injury is pain with vaginal intercourse, or dyspareunia.
“This is most often due to one or two diagnoses: lack of lubrication, or infection,” says Dr Sered.
“If you’re experiencing pain with vaginal intercourse it would be reasonable to be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) as well as for urinary tract infection. If those aren’t the issue, and they usually aren’t, lack of lubrication is probably to blame. For that the remedy could be as simple as taking your time with foreplay to promote natural lubrication or using an artificial lubricant.”
We’ve all heard of cases of patients being omitted to the emergency room with foreign objects stuck where the sun doesn’t shine, and according to, this is indeed fact not fiction.
“Cases are rare, but from time to time people will present to the emergency room with a foreign object stuck in an orifice, usually the rectum. To prevent this, always keep one hand on the handle of the object and use a toy that has a wide base,” says Dr Sered.
Or perhaps you have a thing for “after hours” yoga poses.
“Sexual acrobatics can sometimes lead to muscle strain. In the event this occurs I recommend lots of rest, ice, and elevation,” says Dr Sered.
“To prevent injury, take your time getting in the groove; your body limbers up as you get going, and you’re much less likely to hurt yourself.”
A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or ‘Honeymoon’s Disease’ is often the result of increased sexual activity and can be extremely unpleasant.
“To prevent a UTI from occurring always urinate before and after sex. Stay well hydrated and wear cotton underwear. Signs of a UTI include a burning sensation when you pee, frequent urination, blood in the urine, and pain over the bladder. You should seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of these signs as if left untreated, in some cases it can lead to a more serious kidney infection,” says Dr Sered.
That’s right — a nice soft bed, with no wineglasses or foreign objects in sight. Perfect.Source:istock