Even the steamiest romping session can turn horrific, no thanks to sex-related injuries that can totally ruin the mood. They’re not a usual topic of discussion and they’re not frequently reported, but sex-related injuries are more common than we think. Thus, it’s important to know not just how to turn on your partner, but to also address any physical misfortunes that might arise during your lovemaking.
Below, we list 10 of the most common sex-related injuries and how you can deal with them. Read up and come prepared.
1. Vaginal tears
Women know this to be true: Vaginal tears are very common, and they can be painful and cause bleeding. But they usually heal on their own pretty fast, even just hours after sex. To avoid vaginal tears in the future, make sure you’re properly lubricated during intercourse. In case the discomfort persists, visit your doctor.
2. Anal tears
Going backdoor has its downside. Since the anus doesn’t self-lubricate, failure to use artificial lube can cause anal tears. They usually heal within a day or two, but if they don’t, be sure to see your doctor. Anal tears are riskier because the anus contains more harmful bacteria.
Not being lubricated enough and engaging in rough sex can result in vaginal soreness. The soreness should go away in a day or two with the help of painkillers and soaking in a lukewarm bath. If soreness happens every after sex, however, you will need to see your doctor to understand why it recurs.
4. Penile fracture
Technically, the penis can’t be fractured since it has no bones. But this sex-related injury happens when the erect penis is bent and the blood-filled chambers inside are broken. When this occurs, put an ice pack on the penis and go to the emergency room as your partner might need surgery. To prevent this from happening, be more mindful of your movements, especially when the woman is on top.
5. Lost condom
A lost condom inside the vagina can sound really alarming, but the key is to stay calm. Getting anxious will only cause your vaginal muscles to tighten, which will make it harder for you or your partner to fish out the lost condom. If you still can’t retrieve it after hours of trying, go see your doctor who can easily locate and grab it for you.
6. Bent or broken fingers
Bendy sex positions that are held for a long time can take their toll on smaller body parts, like your fingers. Fingers are usually placed in strange positions during sex, and this can result in a strain or break. If your fingers become painful or swollen after sex, put some ice on it. If the pain persists days after the deed, pay a visit to your doctor to check if you’ve seriously sprained, strained, or fractured your fingers.
7. Head trauma
Sex, especially when rough, can cause head trauma. You might hit your head on the headboard or another hard surface. If you experience dizziness and serious pain, it’s best to stop and grab an ice bag for your head. Wait for the swelling to go down and watch for signs of a concussion, including headaches, nausea, and dizziness. If these persist a day or two after the incident, go see a doctor.
8. Muscle cramps
Muscle cramps, especially in the calves and thighs, are pretty common when having sex. To avoid it, try to warm up your muscles before sex by doing some stretching. You can also avoid cramps by changing positions throughout intercourse. If you’re still feeling sore after, take a painkiller.
9. Heart attack
Having sex requires a lot of physical effort. Those who have had a heart attack in the past or have major cardio problems should consult their doctor first to see if they are fit to have sex. Heart attacks are not always as dramatic in real life, so your partner might not clutch their chest or fall unconscious. Signs include a sudden tightening of the chest or pressure in the chest, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you notice these signs, we suggest you postpone the action.
10. Rug burns
Doing it on the rug on the floor can be really exciting, but it’s no fun dealing with rug burns afterward. They can seriously sting and look awful. If you ever have rug burns, clean the affected area and cover it with a bandage to prevent infection. You can also avoid rug burns by putting a towel or blanket over the carpet.