"Apparently Lots of Dudes Are Getting Sex Injuries From Missionary"

If a thorough warm-up prevents injury during workouts, maybe we should all be warming up before sex, too.

Like all physical activity, sex comes with some inherent risk. You are, after all, essentially wrestling with another human, contorting into odd positions, and rapidly increasing your heart rate. So it’s no surprise to learn that six in 10 people have sustained some type of injury while having sex, according to a survey by Superdrug Online Doctor.

If you think these injuries only occur when people pull some 50 Shades of Grey move, you’re wrong. In fact, the position that causes the most injuries for men is none other than plain old missionary.
According to the survey, which polled more than 1,600 Europeans and Americans, 19.2 percent of men who'd been injured during sex said it happened from the missionary position. The next most injury-producing position for men was doggy-style, with 15.9 percent, followed by standing, at 8.1 percent.

So what exactly is getting injured here? According to survey respondents, 38 percent of men who reported getting injured said they sustained an injury to the penis, while 51 percent of women who were injured reported injuries to the vagina. The penis isn't the only body part men have to worry about. Thirty-one percent of men said they injured their backs during doggy-style, as did 18 percent of men who reported being injured in the missionary position. Men also reported leg, arm, and knee injuries while attempting doggy-style.
Some of these injuries were severe enough to require medical treatment. Of the 1,662 survey respondents, 13 percent of men said they had to visit the emergency room due to their injury, while 53 percent said they visited a specialist after the incident. (Here are 6 of the craziest sex injuries emergency room doctors have ever seen.)

It's important to be honest about how you sustained your injury so doctors can provide the best treatment. Debby Herbenick, research scientist at Indiana University and author of Because It Feels Good, told ABC that in the U.S., "we don't have a good handle on how common [these injuries] are, mainly because people do not admit that that is how they got injured."

"Patients will say they slipped in the shower if it's something particularly embarrassing," she added.

As with preventing injury at the gym, preventing sex injuries means not pushing yourself past your normal physical boundaries. You’ll not only save yourself from injury, but you may also be saving yourself from a horrifyingly expensive ER bill later.

This article originally appeared on www.menshealth.com