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World Sexual Health Day 2020: 5 sex injuries that actually hurt

Soreness, tears and cuts are common vaginal injuries during sex. Know how to prevent them.

As we celebrate World Sexual Health Day today, we guide you on how to handle an injury caused during sexual intimacy.

Responsible sexual practices and behaviours are the cornerstones of a sound sexual and reproductive health. The arena of sexual health includes a wide range of issues including pleasure, reproduction, orientation and gender identity, so on and so forth. Unhealthy practices may lead to is sexually transmitted infections, reproductive tract infections, unhealthy pregnancy, sexual dysfunction and injuries too. In order to promote sexual health, the World Association for Sexual Health initiated a campaign called World Sexual Health Day since 2010. Celebrated on the 4th of September every year, the theme for this day this year is Sexual pleasure in times of COVID-19.

Well, when it comes to sex, pleasure is all we think of, not pain. However, unhealthy sexual practices can lead to injuries and make it a painful experience. As we celebrate World Sexual Health Day today, we guide you on the most common sexual injuries and ways to avoid them.

Cuts and tears in the vagina

Love hurts, they say. Sex also does so, at times. It's a no brainer that a cut or tear at the entrance of a sensitive area like vagina can be excruciatingly painful. It is mostly caused by insufficient lubrication during an intercourse. Though the vagina heals on its own in most cases, a severe injury may lead to bleeding and long-term infection as well. Consult a gynaecologist if the bleeding continues or the pain doesn't vanish on its own. The best way to prevent the condition is to ensure natural lubrication through lots of foreplay. However, store-bought lubes can also help in the waterworks.

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Soreness in the vagina

A sore vagina is the most common sex injury. Here also, the usual culprit is lack of lubrication. Doctors suggest over-the-counter painkillers for an aching vagina. However, if you want to look for natural remedies, a lukewarm bath can be your answer. Discuss with your partner about this issue and figure out what changes need to be brought about to avoid this condition.

Penile fracture

Though a rare sex injury, this is a man's nightmare. But penile fracture can be a reality if an erect penis gets hit forcefully and the blood-laden chambers inside it break. Fracture in the penis is a medical emergency. It has been found that the chances of this condition increase in case of the woman-on-top position. A penile fracture manifests through soreness, bruises, leaking blood, severe pain, so on and so forth.

Back injuries

Any strenuous activity can lead to pulled muscle. Sex is a high intensity activity that can result in muscle injury. Though thigh and calf muscles are most vulnerable to injury during an intercourse, any part of your body may be affected in course of the act. Over-the-counter painkillers and light stretches can be the best solutions for pulled muscles.

Carpet burn

Having sex on your rug can be fun. But it may give you scratches all over or a burning sensation to your skin. Disinfecting the area with soap and water will have a healing effect. Also, use a soft towel or blanket instead of carpet if you want to have fun on the floor next time.

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