Scientists have found that the ‘woman on top’ sex position – also called the ‘cowgirl’ style – is the reason for half of all penile fractures during sexual intercourse.
The new study, according to The Telegraph, says it is the most dangerous sex position.
Researchers studied patients attending accident and emergency (A&E) units with suspected ‘penile fractures’ over a 13-year period.
Half of them reported hearing a crack before experiencing pain, with some also suffering swelling, the study published in Advances in Urology says.
Following the lengthy observation, the conclusion to the findings was thus: “Our study supports the fact that sexual intercourse with ‘woman on top’ is the potentially riskiest sexual position related to penile fracture.
“Our hypothesis is that when woman is on top she usually controls the movement with her entire body weight landing on the erect penis, not being able to interrupt it when the penis suffers a wrong way penetration, because the harm is usually minor in woman with no pain but major in the penis.
“On the contrary, when the man is controlling the movement, he has better chances of stopping the penetration energy in response to the pain related to the penis harm, minimizing it.”
Relatedly, the ‘doggy-style’ position (with women on all fours), is behind 29 per cent (29%) of complications, the research reveals.
The traditional ‘man on top’ – missionary style – is responsible for only 21% of afflictions, The Telegraph reports.
The team of researchers included doctors and academics.