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    6 common sex injuries and how to deal with them

    By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 22, 2023

    When the sex gets rough, you can end up with injuries. Yes, sex can add spice to your life, but even when passion hits the roof, you’ve got to do it safely. Otherwise, sex-related injuries can leave you with bruises and sprains too.

    Sex is a great workout. A 2013 study published by PLOS One, revealed that a sex session that lasts an average of 25 minutes, burned about 69.1 calories in women. Just like workout, sex can also leave you with some unintentional injuries. A sex injury is any physical harm or discomfort that you experience while you are having sex, says Dr Prateek Makwana, a consultant embryologist and sexual health expert.

    Sex injuries are quite common. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

    Common sex injuries

    You can end up with neck strain while trying a new position in bed or even a long-lasting leg cramp. sex-related injuries can be anything and anywhere on your body. Here are some of them:

    1. Vaginal tears

    Vaginal tears during childbirth is one thing, but lack of lubrication or forceful penetration or sharp nails can also cause tears in the vagina, the expert tells Health Shots.

    2. Bruise on body parts

    Intense sexual acts might lead to bruising on certain areas like your breasts, buttocks, arms or legs. Heard of a hickey, haven’t you?

    3. Muscle pull and strain

    Muscle pull and strain are very common and can happen due to awkward sex positions and intense movements. In fact, muscle cramps during sex can affect your intimate life.

    4. Back pain

    If you do a sex position like missionary or doggy style for a long time, it can lead to back pain, especially if you already have issues with your back.

    Communicating with your partner is important to avoid sex injuries. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

    5. Allergic reactions

    Some people are allergic to latex condom, which is commonly used if you believe in safe sex. Yes, using a condom is a wise thing to do. But you should also know that there are alternatives available in the market for everything. So, you can go for non-latex condoms so that you don’t end up with an allergy.

    6. UTIs

    Urinary tract infection is not exactly an injury, but it is painful and hazardous. Dr Makwana says a sexual activity can lead to the spread of bacteria causing UTIs.

    Tips to deal with sex injuries

    Dealing with injuries during sexual acts depends on the type of injury and if the care required is immediate or not. Here are some tips:

    1. Assess the injury

    Stop the sexual act once you notice you are hurting. But do not panic, instead assess the injury or cause for discomfort, says the expert.

    2. Seek medical attention

    If injuries are severe like there is fracture, excessive bleeding, unbearable pain or continued pain, go to a hospital without wasting time.

    3. First aid

    In case of small external cuts and bruises, use ice packs. They can help to tackle your swelling or bleeding problem.

    4. OTC painkillers

    Painkillers can be taken for minor injuries, but if there is any doubt, just visit a doctor.

    6. Communicate with your partner

    Communication is the key in every successful relationship and also to avoid getting hurt in bedroom. Make sure both of you are careful and respect each other’s need while you are having sex again.

    7. Lubricate

    Tearing down there can happen if your vagina is too dry. So, be sure you’re well lubricated before your partner enters you. He can also go slower during sex to avoid painful tearing.

    So, if you thought it was just love that can hurt, think again. Sex can also cause major pain!

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