Is this the riskiest place to have sex?

Jenny Cook
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From Prima

We recently reported that a certain risky sex position accounted for 44% of all penile fracture cases, but now it seems that the places where couples choose to get down and dirty are also responsible for landing a lot of men in hospital (or at least in their GP's waiting room).

The number of middle-aged men reporting sex-related injuries has quadrupled over the past five years and, according to Stephen Makinde – the clinical director of Perfect Balance in Harley Street – the majority of accidents are caused by couples trying to have sex in the shower.

Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Makinde estimated that a staggering 80% of the non-sporting injuries he sees are due to sex-related mishaps – compared to just 20% in 2012. He said: 'When it comes to sex, we see everything from neck injuries to wrist fractures, ankle sprains and, of course, back problems.

'Hernias are common, too, close to where the adductor muscles of the pelvic region become strained. With the back, we see everything from facet joint locks – where the back spasms and locks in a particular position – to full-blown disc prolapses and sciatic pain.'

The osteopath adds that slipping in the shower during intercourse is the main cause of such accidents, and he muses as to whether this is down to couples becoming more adventurous. But is this explanation enough to justify such a drastic increase in cases?

'While the reasons for the spike aren't immediately clear, [health and safety] is certainly something to be aware of if you do enjoy a healthy sex life…. Honesty can make the difference between someone being treated for two or three weeks, or being treated just once or twice to completely resolve a condition,' he says.

'It's obviously a taboo area and people might find it hard being open about their private lives. But for us there's no real difference between an ankle you've rolled over playing squash or an ankle you've rolled over in the bedroom.'

It should also be highlighted that while such injuries aren't exclusive to men, Mr Makinde admits that 'most patients are middle-aged males, roughly in their mid 50s'.

The moral of the story? Always be honest with your doctor about how you ended up hurting yourself, because all they care about is getting you better as soon as possible. And try and be a little more careful when having shower sex.

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