Sex is supposed to be a pleasurable experience for all parties involved but sometimes it goes horribly, horribly wrong.
You may have heard that a man can fracture his penis, but did you know a passionate romp can also leave a woman with a bruised cervix?
Now, you may be thinking that it’s not as bad as a man tearing a muscle in his member — so get prepared to cross your legs.
A bruised cervix can cause a woman intense pain, bleeding, cramps, abdominal pain and discomfort during sex.
And the symptoms can last as long as a week.
Pain in the abdomen and cramps may begin within 24 to 48 hours after the initial bruising took place, while the bleeding can happen almost instantly.
The bleeding should only be light spotting between your periods, so if you experience anything heavier than that you should see a doctor straight away.
It can actually be caused by quite a few different things, including giving birth — which is already painful enough — or a baby kicking the cervix of an expectant mom.
But the most common way women end up with a bruised cervix is during sex, namely because their partner’s penis hits it too hard.
Don’t start high-fiving yourselves, though, boys, it isn’t all down to size.
While a large penis is obviously going to be a big (no pun intended) factor in this sex injury, the angle and force at which a penis is thrust in can also cause some damage.
Some women even have a condition called cervical ectropion, caused when glandular cells usually found on the inside of the cervix are found on the outside, which can make sex more painful.
And, of course, a sex toy can do the same.
It all sounds painful enough to put you off having sex ever again, but there is one simple thing you can do to avoid such an awkward injury.
You should always make sure you are aroused and ready to have sex before you do, according to sex therapist Louise Mazanti.
“Many women experience intense pain when it is suddenly hit by deep penetration,” she told the Sun Online.
“If the cervix is relaxed and aroused it is open, which means you can actually penetrate the cervix.
“If a woman wants to experience pleasure and wants to experience an orgasm she really needs to aroused.”
So just how does being turned on protect your cervix from being bruised?
The answer is simple: Being turned on makes the tissue inside your vagina more supple.
“When a woman is fully turned on she gets wet and the tissue [in the vagina] fills with blood,” Louise added.
“So the tissue opens and relaxes and our nerves become more sensitive.
“Hard, clenched and contracted tissue is much easier to bruise and feel painful than soft tissue.
“Don’t even attempt penetration before you are fully ready, it is painful at the worst or just not pleasurable.”
Original article appeared on www.thesun.co.uk