The 15 Most Common Sex Injuries [Infographic]

Whoever said “It’s not the size of the boat, it’s the motion of the ocean” had obviously never been sea sick. While frenzied, energetic sex can be fun, it also has the potential to cause catastrophic accidents.

Here are some of the most common injuries sustained by over-enthusiastic lovers – from bumping heads while bumping uglies to face-planting during a standing 69.

Online Doctor Superdrug recently surveyed 802 sexually active men and women with a mean age of 34. Participants were asked to share their most awkward sexual mishaps and how they solved or avoided the issue in future encounters.

Interestingly, a whopping 99 per cent claimed they’d experienced an accident of some kind with the most common involving two or more heads colliding. Around half also admitted to falling out of bed during sex.

Most respondents put their personal mishaps down to an issue of coordination – “either in terms of the motion required to maintain a given position or a lack of alignment with one’s partner.” A lack of flexibility was the second most common problem, followed by a lack of sexual stamina or endurance.

When asked to explain how they avoid past pitfalls, many respondents said they currently abstain from certain positions, places, and sex acts that caused accidents in the past. Curiously, nearly 10 per cent said they avoid the missionary position due to a previous mishap in this position (which suggests they’re either really good – or really bad – at sex.)

Other solutions included using a pillow to increase comfort, introducing a vibrator to ease the awkwardness and adding more lubricant.

You can check out more of the survey’s results below:


This story has been updated since its original publication.


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