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We all know that sex has multiple physical, health and wellness benefits. Plus we love the emotional connection recreated with our partner.

Research has revealed that spicing things up in the bedroom can help improve our relationship. However, new sexual positions can, quite literally, make or break a relationship.

A recent study has warned against the Cow Girl, the popular “woman-on-top” sex position that has revolutionised the “missionary” position. Scientists are now saying that it causes more pain for men, than the pleasure it promises.

Researchers believe that the position is responsible for  half of all penile fractures that result in the bedroom. The study found that  the “doggy-style” position, with women on all fours, is the cause of 29% of afflictions. In contrast, the traditional “man on top” is responsible for just 21%.

Doctors looked at patients with suspected penile fractures at three emergency units in Campinas, a city of three million people in Brazil, over a 13-year-period.

Half of the men reported hearing a crack before experiencing excruciating pain.

The study concluded: “Our study supports the fact that during sexual intercourse, the woman on top is the riskiest sexual position related to penile fracture”.

“Our hypothesis is that when the 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,”  scientists told the Daily Telegraph.

When the man is controlling the movement, he has better chances of stopping the penetration in response to pain.

The study found that of 44 men interviewed at the hospitals, 28 were injured in heterosexual romps, four during homosexual intercourse,  six as a result of “penis manipulation” and four in circumstances which were “unclear”.

There is nothing wrong with having a little bit of experimental fun in the bedroom – but perhaps a safe word is in order – knowing when to stop or slow down before that “breaking point”!








Siyanda Nkala

Siyanda is a qualified journalist currently holding a position of Digital Media Coordinator for Longevity magazine. During her last year of study she worked as the online sub- editor for the school's online blog and that's where her passion for Online journalism emerged.

She is currently writing health and fitness articles for Longevitylive, does the weekly newsletter and writes a few snippet pages for the magazine. She hopes to gain vast experience in the field of online journalism.

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