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According to NHS data In 2018, over 24 million people visited A&E across the UK. 3.5 million of these people visited for an intimate injury.

We at decided to dive further into this data and Reddit confessions from DR’s and Nurses. We aim to discover the top injuries and items used during the deed that has led to a ticket to A&E.

According to several threads on Reddit the most popular items that DR’s and Nurses at A&E have had to either remove (usually the rectum or vagina) or provide treatment for are:

The top ten items used during sex that have led to an A&E visit

  1. Computer chair
  2. Bowling pin
  3. Lava lamp
  4. Toilet brush
  5. Jalapenos
  6. Bicycle pump
  7. Showerhead
  8. Candlestick
  9. Crunch bar
  10. Soy sauce

Sex is always great, except when it lands you in immense pain, resulting in a trip to the hospital. Analysing common sexual injuries below are ten of the most common injuries brought on as a result of getting frisky.

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The top intimate injuries that have led to an A&E visit

  1. Popped blood vessels
  2. Broken/fractured penis
  3. Lost condom
  4. Anal fissure
  5. Vaginal tears
  6. Foreign objects in the vagina (or anus)
  7. Food irritation
  8. Broken bones
  9. Head trauma
  10. Lacerations

What to do after a sexual mishap?

So once you’ve had your mishap what next, you might ask? We decided to ask a sexual health expert to offer advice on the first aid you should receive.

Dr Stephanie Ooi from MyHealthcare Clinic said:

General penile emergencies

In general Penile emergencies are fairly rare but when they do occur, I would recommend seeing a doctor urgently for diagnosis to see if any further treatment is required. Most conditions are caused by trauma to the penis during sexual intercourse or masturbation, other injuries could be caused by infection or vascular issues.

Popping blood vessels

Popping blood vessels is rare, but there may be other acute injuries which may signify a significant blood vessel rupture include oedema (swelling) or discolouration from bleeding under the skin. This is normally caused by vigorous sexual intercourse or forceful manipulation of the erect penis. You may need to attend A&E to check there has been no further damage, but swelling and discolouration should fade within a few days to a few weeks and should cause no long term issue with erectile function.

Broken/fractured penis

A broken or fractured penis refers to a rupture of the corpora cavernosa (erectile tissue which runs the length of the penis) and the penile sheath, this can be a painful injury and can have a long-term impact on sexual and urinary function, therefore it is important to seek medical attention urgently (at A&E). Symptoms include bruising, difficulty urinating, bleeding from the penis, hearing a crack or pop and sudden loss of an erection. Injuries are often caused by rough sex. Treatment can vary depending on the damage, however, it may be necessary to operate to avoid complications.

Lost Condom

A lost condom is not an immediate health risk, it may need to be removed – either by yourself or by a gynaecologist. It does, however, leave you at risk of pregnancy and STIs. So you may want to consider emergency contraception and having sexual health tests if these are of concern.

Anal Fissure

An anal fissure is a tear in your small intestine near your anus, while these are most commonly caused by constipation, they can be caused by trauma during anal sex and occasionally STIs such as syphilis or herpes, which can infect and damage the anal canal. Anal fissures usually heal within a few weeks without the need for treatment, but some persistent cases surgery may be required. I would recommend seeing your GP if you have anal fissures as your doctor may be able to prescribe medication to help you while they heal.

Vaginal Tear

Minor vaginal tears may cause mild pain or discomfort for a day or two while they heal and are usually harmless. However, tears can potentially cause infection down the line, if you are concerned please see a doctor. Vaginal tears are normally caused by rough sex or foreign objects being placed into the vagina.Unless it’s a serialised sex toy, I would recommend not placing foregin objects in the vagina or anus as this may lead to infection or may get stuck which may carry other risks.

Food Irritation

Inserting food or placing food on your genitalia does carry a risk of contact dermatitis which may result in a burning sensation, a rash or irritation.

Broken bones

If you break a bone during sex, you may want to consider toning it down or using another outlet. If it is an accident, go to A&E and get it checked out, the same goes for head trauma and lacerations, you may want to consider have sex somewhere that you feel safe and minimise risk of injury.

Alicia, a representative from said: “It’s no surprise that there are a high amount of visits each year to A&E because of intimate injuries caused by sexual activity. However what is rather surprising is the number of everyday items that have led to a sexual injury, everything from a toilet brush to Jalapenos”.


Sources and Methodology:




In order to discover the amount of A&E visits this year based on intimate injuries, we used the NHS data to drill down the reason for attending A&E. These reasons were all based on injuries that could be obtained via sexual activity such as abrasion.