7 Sex Positions That Are Actually Dangerous

When it comes to the topic of sex positions, there are a lot of adjectives that people tend to like to throw around. You know, like, “crazy.” Or “awesome.”.Or “Weird,” maybe. One you probably don’t hear all that often? Dangerous–which, if you think about it, is a little unfair. If there are dangerous sex positions–ones in which someone might conceivably perish, or sustain a career-ending injury, isn’t it only right to let the world know of them? But that’s not what they want you to hear about!

Now, to be clear, these sex positions are dangerous only in that they are slightly riskier than some other ones. They are not inherently harmful, and you will not immediately keel over, dead, if you were to decide to try one of them out. It’s just that they have a higher potential to be dangerous than some other ones–which, for most of them, is still not all that dangerous. But they’re fun to talk about! So, check out these sex positions that, potentially, are dangerous for you and your significant other:


Doggy Style

According to Bustle, doggy style (AKA the position that involves you getting on your hands and knees and is actually the most dangerous sex position for women. Why? Mainly, vaginal tears--if your partner enters you at the wrong angle, or with too-hard penetration, this can cause small fissures to form on your vaginal walls. These generally aren't particularly dangerous, but they can be painful. To prevent vaginal tearing, make sure your partner enters you slowly, so you can figure out if the angle works for you, and add lots of lube to make it easier on both of you.

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Girl On Top

Apparently, the most dangerous position for penile fracture (which, yeah, technically doesn't involve you, but probably isn't something you want to deal with either) is woman on top. This is because the penis has more opportunities to miss its target,and, because of its vantage point, can hit a harder barrier (your pubic bone, your leg) when it misses, which can cause it to bend. This doesn't mean that you have to give up being on top, though--just try to move slower instead of totally removing and reinserting the penis, and don't lean too far back, since that can cause hyperextension.

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Anything On An Elevated Surface

If you are sitting on a counter or table and, say, having heterosexual sex at the same time, you might want to...not do that. Apparently, this can lead to your partner "missing" their designated spot, which mean's that your partner's penis will either hit your pubic bone (ow, for you) or the surface you're sitting on (ow, for them). Either way, maybe don't do it unless you're totally sure that your partner has great aim.

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Any Standing Position

You and your partner only have so much collective calf strength, which means that there's only so long that you can actually stay upright while having sex. This doesn't mean that your guaranteed to have your partner lose all sensation in their lower extremities and come toppling down upon you all at once (though Men's Health does seem to think this), but it does mean that you should set a time limit for any time you do choose to do some sort of standing position.

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The "Swiss Ball Blitz"

I am not in the position (heh) of kink-shaming, so I will not shame this particular position. But with this sex position from Men's Health--which involves sitting on an exercise ball to make each thrust feel deeper and more forceful--you should know that there are some risks involved, too. Mainly, penis fractures, which are a real thing that can happen if there's to much unusual motion around an erect penis, since the exercise ball provides a lot  of opportunities for slippage.

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Oral Sex

This isn't technically a specific position, but it's important to mention all the same--apparently, if your partner, uh, misfires, and it ends up in your eye, it can lead to pink eye. This isn't especially likely (according to a study done in the International Journal Of STD & Aids, only 9 percent of people who had semen in their eyes got pink eye) but if you need an excuse to keep ejaculate away from your eyes, this is as good a one as any.

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Extremely Rough, Energetic Sex

There is nothing wrong with engaging in rough, vigorous sex if you're into it and there's full consent on both sides. But you do want to use caution when you're doing it, as there has been at least one instance of someone going temporarily blind after having rougher sex than usual. Now, in this exact instance, the subject was a 52-year-old man who had smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for thirty years, so the blindness thing may have more to do with that than the sex. But rough sex can still lead to soreness and bleeding if you're not careful. So be careful! The "Swiss Ball Blitz" I am not in the position (heh) of kink-shaming, so I will not shame this particular position. But with this sex position from Men's Health--which involves sitting on an exercise ball to make each thrust feel deeper and more forceful--you should know that there are some risks involved, too. Mainly, penis fractures, which are a real thing that can happen if there's to much unusual motion around an erect penis, since the exercise ball provides a lot  of opportunities for slippage.

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Were you surprised by any of these sex positions? Which ones? Let us know in the comments!

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  • CyberBully

    i do whateveri feel like doing during that sex, (i have sex, like, 2 a day 🙂 )