Missionary, doggy style, cowboy – just some of the different sex positions that lovers try out during intercourse. But when it comes to the woman being on top, both partners need to be careful as researchers have found that almost half of penile fractures caused during their study was caused during the cowboy position.

Doctors and academics looked at patients in their mid 30s with suspected penile fractures in three A&E units over a 13-year period “Our study supports the fact that sexual intercourse with “woman on top” is the potentially riskiest sexual position related to penile fracture,” states the study. ‘Our hypothesis is that when 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, because the harm is usually minor in woman with no pain but major in the penis.’

Out of the 44 men in the research group that went to the hospital for treatment after hearing a crack and feeling a sharp pain in their member, 42 of them had their penile fracture confirmed by doctors. So, while variety is key to having a vibrant sex life, with half of the men in this study experiencing a serious injury to their precious pipes; the cowboy position makes the chance of a penile fracture more likely to occur during intercourse, compared to missionary which was responsible for only 21% of penile fractures. “On the contrary, when the man is controlling the movement, he has better chances of stopping the penetration energy in response to the pain related to the penis harm, minimizing it.”

Why The CowBoy Position Can Be Dangerous to Your Male Lover