Yes, it really is possible to break a p3nis—and some s3x positions can put your guy at a greater risk for penile fracture than others, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.

For the study, researchers looked at 90 patients aged 18 to 66 who had fractured their p3nises. They found that 77 percent of those cases were sexual-trauma related, so they took a closer look at the s3x positions being performed during the time of their injuries.

The most dangerous s3x position? A whopping 41 percent of men fractured their p3nis during doggy style, followed by missionary and woman-on-top. The severity of the fracture was similar between doggy and missionary, but significantly worse when comparing doggy and woman-on-top, the study found.

The most dangerous s3x position? A whopping 41 percent of men fractured their p3nis during doggy style, followed by missionary and woman-on-top. The severity of the fracture was similar between doggy and missionary, but significantly worse when comparing doggy and woman-on-top, the study found.

Penile fractures occur when you put too much force on an erection. There are sponge-like tubes in the tissue of the p3nis that become rigid when filled with blood, urologist Tobias Köhler, M.D., told us last year. Those tubes don’t bend when they’re hit with lots of force, which can cause them to “break,” leading to pain, swelling, blood blockages, and if it’s bad enough, a trip to the ER.

And yes, there may even be a cracking or popping sound, the study authors note. (Here are four more p3nis injuries that warrant a trip to the hospital.)

Recent Brazilian research concluded that woman-on-top is the riskiest s3x position for your p3nis, since the woman is in control of angle and speed. If he accidentally slips out, his member can hit a bony area of your body, or you may sit back down on his p3nis (with your entire body weight) at a funny angle.

But what makes doggy style so severe in this case? The researchers speculate that when he’s entering you from behind, he may get overly excited and s3x can become “extremely vigorous.” If his p3nis slips out of your vagina and hits against your perineum or pubic symphysis—both of which are hard, bony surfaces—it can cause greater trauma to his rod.

One way to reduce the risk? Opt for literally any other s3x position, .
And as hard as it may be sometimes, try not to overdo it in bed. When s3x gets vigorous, that put his p3nis at risk. Maintaining some cool will help you avoid any awkward slip ups or angles, says Dr. Köhler.

If you do hear a cracking sound or experience pain during s3x, here’s exactly what you should do.

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