Sex is always great – except when it lands you in immense pain or a trip to the hospital.

According to a study, over 24 million people visited A&E in 2018, with over 3.5 million of those trips being for an intimate injury caused by sexual activity.

Following several threads on Reddit, Escort agency Xstasy found that the most common household items which led to a hospital visit when used during sex include a bowling pin, lava lamp and toilet brush.

The research also discovered the top sexual injuries seen by doctors, which include popped blood vessels and broken or fractured penises.

Fracturing or breaking the penis is a very common sex injury

Alicia, a spokeswoman from Xstasy, said: “It’s no surprise that there are a high amount of visits each year to A&E because of intimate injuries caused by sexual injury.

“However what is rather surprising is the amount of everyday items that have led to a sexual injury, everything from a toilet brush to jalapeños.”

Some of the most common sex injuries were:

  1. General penile emergencies
  2. Popping blood vessels
  3. Broken/fractured penis

A toilet brush is a common household item used during sex

When asked about those injuries, Dr Stephanie Ooi from MyHealthcare Clinic, gave her advice on how to treat each and every one of them.

General penile emergencies

Dr Stephanie said: “In general penile emergencies are fairly rare but when they do occur, I would recommend seeing a doctor urgently for diagnosis to see if any further treatment is required.

“Most conditions are caused by trauma to the penis during sexual intercourse or masturbation, other injuries could be caused by infection or vascular issues.”

Popping blood vessels

She continued: “Popping blood vessels are rare, but there may be other acute injuries which may signify a significant blood vessel rupture include oedema (swelling) or discolouration from bleeding under the skin.

“This is normally caused by vigorous sexual intercourse or forceful manipulation of the erect penis. You may need to attend A&E to check there has been no further damage, but swelling and discolouration should fade within a few days to a few weeks and should cause no long term issue with erectile function.”

Over 3.5 million people visited A&E for a sex injury

Broken/fractured penis

Dr Stephanie explained: “A broken or fractured penis refers to a rupture of the corpora cavernose (erectile tissue which runs the length of the penis) and the penis sheath, this can be a painful injury and can have a long-term impact on sexual and urinary function, there it is important to seek medical attention urgently.

“Symptoms include bruising, difficulty urinating, bleeding from the penis, hearing a crack or pop and sudden loss of an erection. Injuries are often caused by rough sex. Treatment can vary depending on the damage, however, it may be necessary to operate to avoid complications.”



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