Common Health Hazards of Sex

Everything in this world has benefits and hazards and no exception with sex also. Yes, sex has many health benefits, but it has some health hazards too. Most of us know about the benefits of sex, but not aware of the health hazards associated with sex. There are several health hazards associated with sex, such as vaginal tear, penile fracture, urinary tract infection (UTI), bleeding etc.

Vaginal tear during sex:

Vaginal tear is actually not uncommon among sexually active females. Vaginal tears usually do not look like cut injuries, but rather they are laceration and source of pain, especially in successive sexual acts. Vaginal tears are painful even if the woman is not having sex. Along with pain there may be burning, irritation and discomfort. The most common cause of vaginal tear is lack of lubrication during sex and frequent sexual act. For adequate lubrication foreplay before sexual act is very important and hurrying in the act may cause you pain later. There are also lubricants available for vaginal lubrication.

Penile fracture:

Although there is no bone present in penis, the penile fracture occurs. It is called penile fracture because, it occurs during erection (during sexual intercourse) and there is sudden bending of penis, which is accompanied by severe excruciating pain and may be bleeding per urethra, if there is tear in the urethra. There is usually tear in tunica albuginea membrane. The tear occurs when the erect penis is thrust against a hard surface. Some patients may be possible to manage with anti-inflammatory drugs, and cold compression. But most of the cases of penile fracture may need surgical intervention for proper management.

Urinary tract infection due to sexual intercourse:

This is a common health hazard associated with sexual intercourse and commonly the female is the sufferer. In fact sexual intercourse is the one of the commonest cause of UTI among females. This is because of proximity of urethra and vagina and during sex bacteria can easily travel to urethra from vagina. The bacteria may travel to bladder and kidneys too and lead to serious infection. Preventive measures include, drinking lots of water, cleaning genitals after sexual act thoroughly with adequate water and soap or any antibacterial preparation and keeping genitals dry. Using excessive soap may increase dryness and aid infection. Washing hands before and after sexual intercourse, as well as using condom is also important preventive measure.

Frenulum bleeding:

This may be a problem many men face during sex, especially for the first timers. Tight foreskin may lead to tearing of foreskin during aggressive sexual act and it is not uncommon to find bleeding men in the middle of sexual intercourse. If foreskin is tight, consult your urologist.


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