martes, 30 de diciembre de 2014

How the penis can be trapped by the vagina during sex

How the penis can be trapped by the vagina during sex
Homer describes how Venus and Mars were hooked to the "inextinguishable laughter" of the gods. (Joachim Anthonisz, J. Paul Getty Museum)

Sounds like a scene from a rough sexy comedy. But the stories of couples get stuck during sex have been around for centuries ... and some of them may even be true.

A visit to the hospital can never be enjoyable, especially when it occurs after sex.

"Not the most romantic ending a couple can imagine," says Dr. Aristomenis Exadaktylos, author of a study on 11 years receiving patients in his hospital in Bern, Switzerland.

Marte y Venus en versión del artista del siglo XVI, Raphael Regius. Together with his co-authors, found many patients who have had problems after sex, such as migraines, heart irregularities and even amnesia. But when a radio BBC Health (Health Check) asked if he had any cases in which the vagina of the woman clings to the penis, his answer was No, and added that it was probably an urban myth.

The comment was soon contradicted by some of the listeners who wrote the Health Check program.

"I must tell you it is not a myth," wrote a woman who asked to remain anonymous. "One night we happened to me and my late husband. Literally could not withdraw, he was 'stuck'. I attributed to the intensity of the response of the vaginal muscle during orgasm."

Another listener, who asked to be called John, said that when he was 14 or 15 years remember hearing the story of a man trapped inside a woman and had to call an ambulance for separated in the hospital. Years later, John joined the merchant navy and had an intermittent relationship with a woman in Japan.

On one occasion, he and his partner were having "very nice sex" when, suddenly, he found that he could not withdraw his penis. "The action ended and decided it was best to separate" she recalls.

It took two or three minutes of struggle and laughter but the experience was not painful for either.

John, now 75, had never mentioned the fact and it never occurred to him again.
Penis captivus

Dr. John Dean, physician sexuality in the UK, said that both cases are credible examples of a rare phenomenon known in the field as "penis captivus" (trapped penis).

"When the penis is in the vagina gradually swelling," he said when giving his hypothesis on how the problem can occur.

"The muscles of the pelvic floor of women contract rhythmically with orgasm. While these muscles contract, the penis gets stuck and swells even more."

In the end, the vaginal muscles relax, the penis clears blood and man can retire.

Many dog owners have seen their pets stay stuck during copulation. However, there are special anatomical reasons for that to happen, according to Peggy Root, an expert in animal reproduction at the University of Minnesota. The penis of a dog has a compartment fills with blood after initiation of intercourse, the male actually clinging instead.

Dr. Dean says he discussed over the years, with several of his patients about their experiences of getting stuck, more curious than concerned about a serious problem.

He makes a distinction between penis captivus and the most common and serious condition called vaginismus, in which the woman's vaginal muscles contract involuntarily, preventing intercourse.

Two reviews of the story about captivus penis, published in 1935 and 1979, highlight a longstanding fascination with the subject.

In 1372, Geoffery de la Tour-Landry told as a libidinous called Pers Lenard "had intercourse with a woman" on the altar of a church and God "firmly tied them both that night."

The next day the entire county saw the still interlaced "tight as a dog and a bitch" partner. After pronouncing sentences long intercourse of the couple came to an end (although they were forced to return to the church for three Sundays, naked and publicly flog).