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There are loads of complicated-looking sex positions that require acrobatic acts of bending and twisting just to get into place. You want my foot to go between his what!? But the most dangerous sex position isn’t one of these human-pretzel-esque moves at all.

According a study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, three of the most common (not to mention, seemingly easy to master) sex positions could be putting your male partner at risk for a penile fracture. It’s okay to shudder at the thought — ain’t nothing fun about a broken penis.

Researchers found that doggy style was the most dangerous position with 41 percent of male participants having fractured their penis while taking their partner from behind. Missionary — yes, good ol’ trusty missionary — was in fact the second most dangerous, with woman-on-top in third.

Ninety participants whose ages ranged from 18 to 66 years (the average age was 39), were involved in the study, each one having suffered a penile fracture while getting busy between the sheets. Here’s how it happens: Penile fracture occurs when the erect penis sustains some sort of force (like from an enthusiastic but ill-executed doggy style shagging) and the cylindrical tubes that fill up with blood to make it hard rupture. Then comes the swelling, bruising, pain and, if the urethra was torn, blood in the urine.

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Researchers suggest that the risk in doggy style could be that the man becomes overly excited, begins thrusting vigorously and then his penis either makes contact with his partner’s pelvis (ouch) or enters at a weird angle (double ouch). Both sound terrible.

Now, these stats may just be because those positions are the three most common and therefore the most likely to result in injury — something tells us that reverse cowgirl is still more dangerous, just less often attempted. Don’t let one survey throw a wet towel on your sex life (unless you’re into that sort of thing), but do beware: penises can and do break.

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