1. The BBC reported on a study by a doctor in Switzerland. He had analysed 11 years of admissions, and concluded that the notion of copulating couples getting stuck together was an urban myth.
2. But after running an interview with him on the radio, two listeners rang in to dispute his findings.
One anonymous woman wrote in to say: “It happened to my late husband and myself one night. He literally could not withdraw i.e. was ‘stuck’. I attributed it to the intensity of the vaginal muscle response during orgasm.” Another man told the channel that he’d required three to four minutes of “fumbling” to detatch himself from his wife.
3. Dr John Dean, a senior UK-based sexual physician, told the BBC both reports were credible examples of “penis captivus.”
4. According to Dr Dean, the problem is caused by the penis becoming engorged and trapped by woman’s pelvic floor muscles when they contract at orgasm.
5. The BBC cites a number of case studies throughout history which suggest this might be a real problem.
Along with more dubious and recent reports from Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and the Philippines which concern adulterous couples.