8 Of Your Embarrassing Sex Questions, Answered With Science
We asked for the science questions you didn’t want your name attached to, and now we’re answering them. This time: morning wood, squirting, and "penis captivus".
1. "Can being in a hot tub get you pregnant?"
2. "During sex, can the penis get stuck in a vagina?"
Yes – but it's rare, and usually fixes itself within a few minutes.
It probably happens because of contractions in a woman's pelvic muscles when she orgasms. "Sometimes, the contractions cause the vaginal walls to clamp down on the penis, making it difficult for the man to withdraw," according to the Sexual Medicine Society of North America.
On very rare occasions medical assistance can be needed. In response to a letter published in the British Medical Journal in 1979 that speculated that the predicament, known as "penis captivus", was no longer a thing, Dr Brendan Musgrave wrote:
The year was 1947 and the case occurred when I was a houseman at the Royal Isle of Wight County Hospital. I can distinctly remember the ambulance drawing up and two young people, a honeymoon couple I believe, being carried on a single stretcher into the casualty department. An anaesthetic was given to the female and they were discharged later-the same morning.