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7 Most Common Bedroom Injuries During Sex

7 Most Common Bedroom Injuries During Sex

Making love is a part of maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner. Because of the physical intimacy and emotional connection, sex gives you and your lover pleasure and satisfaction. However, sometimes, the act of making love leads to untoward accidents. What are the most common bedroom injuries and how can you avoid them?

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Vaginal Tears

A vaginal tear is exactly what the name suggests – a tear or cuts in the vaginal wall or at the entrance of the vagina. This can happen during sexual intercourse or when couples use a foreign object (like sex toys) to intensify their love-making.

What to do

The treatment for bedroom injuries involving vaginal tears depends on its severity. If it is just a small, superficial wound, it can heal on its own with little treatment done at home. However, if it is a cut that causes too much bleeding, seek medical help right away as surgical repair may be necessary.

At home, women can do the following:

  • Use medications for pain as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Soak in warm bath water for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day or as instructed by the physician.
  • Avoid the use of tampons and refrain from sex until the wound is completely healed.
  • Get a lot of rest to help hasten recovery.

To prevent vaginal tears, couples are encouraged to get in the mood and engage in foreplay as these promote lubrication. You can also use generous amounts of water-based lubricant to avoid tears.

Broken Penis

An erect penis can sustain fracture if it is hit with significant force, such as the woman’s pelvic bone. This can happen when the man performs powerful thrusts during sexual intercourse.

What to do:

Bedroom injuries involving a broken penis need immediate medical attention. Thus, going to the hospital is a must. Often, to correct the condition, the doctor will order surgery.

According to experts, a broken penis can be prevented if couples are aware of the possibility and they become careful with vigorous or “hard” intercourse. Lubrication and proper aim may also help.

Muscle or Groin Pull

Remember how you can pull a muscle while exercising? It is the same thing with sex. Because sexual intercourse is often a vigorous activity, couples can overstretch or tear their muscle (particularly in the groin) and get it “pulled.”

What to do

You can treat a pulled muscle at home by:

  • Taking over-the-counter medications to relieve the pain, preferably with doctor’s advice.
  • Using a cold compress to soothe the swelling.
  • Taking adequate rest.

If your situation does not improve or worsens despite these measures, consult your doctor right away.

Since we are talking about pulling a muscle, standard precautions are applicable. These include going slow and warming up before partaking in different sexual positions, especially challenging ones.

Pelvic Floor Strain

Pelvic floor strain, one of the most common bedroom injuries, is another type of pulled muscle. However, since the approach for prevention is a little different, we are going to discuss it separately.

Both men and women have pelvic floor muscles. They are located in the pelvis and stretch from the pubic bone at the front to the coccyx at the back, sort of like a “hammock.” This hammock supports several organs including the bladder and the uterus.

During sex, the pelvic floor muscles may experience significant stress resulting in strain. This can lead to painful and uncomfortable love-making.

What to do

Because straining the pelvic floor muscles can affect your sexual pleasure and cause stress to the organs they support, consider the following measures:

  • Avoid sexual intercourse when you are anxious or worried as these feelings can cause unnecessary tension to the muscles of the body, including the pelvic floor. Remember: Tight muscles have a higher risk of straining.
  • Use lubrication to reduce stress to pelvic floor muscles.
  • Consider doing Kegel exercises.

Bedroom injuries

Foreign Object in the Vagina

Aside from the bedroom injuries we’ve already mentioned, there is also the possibility of “losing something” inside the vagina. This could be a condom or a sex toy that couples use to heighten their pleasure.

According to experts, when a vaginal foreign body is left inside for too long, it may lead to infection and harm adjacent muscles.

What to do

The first thing to do is to breathe and relax. Tensed or tight muscles can make it hard for you to spot and remove the item. After this, try to:

  • Fish the foreign body out using your fingers. Do not use any other item to remove the foreign body.
  • If you can’t get it out, go to the doctor for medical help.

Carpet Burn

One of the most common bedroom injuries is carpet burn. Also called rugburn, it occurs when the skin develops redness or burning sensation due to repeated friction. Usually, the parts affected are the hands, elbows, and knees. Couples often experience carpet burn when they have sex on surfaces other than the bed.

What to do

If you develop carpet burn, wash it with soap and cool water. You can also cleanse it with an antiseptic to prevent infection.

Doctors also suggest that should a couple want to have sex on surfaces other than their bed, they may want to take time to cover the surface with soft towels or bed sheets. Also, make sure the surface is clean to prevent possible cuts and infection.

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Back Injuries

Just like how you can injure your back during a workout or any athletic activity, you can also sustain back injuries while making love.

What to do

Should your back suffer after sex, you can consider taking a warm bath to ease the pain. To avoid injuries, stretch or warm up a little before sexual intercourse. Also, talk to your partner about sexual positions. While getting pleasure is important in choosing sexual positions, you should also consider safety.

If your back pain doesn’t go away, do not hesitate to consult a doctor.

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Key Takeaways

In most cases, sex should not hurt. But if bedroom injuries happen, learning what to do will prove to be useful. Be open with your partner if there are certain things and positions that are uncomfortable. These will help prevent any untoward sex accidents and injuries.

Learn more about Sexual Wellness here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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It’s Not Just Childbirth That Can Give You a Vaginal Tear
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What is Penile Trauma?
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BACK PAIN AND SEX: SAFE SEX POSITIONS FOR YOUR BACK PAIN
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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated Jan 29
Medically reviewed by Mary Rani Cadiz, M.D.
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