There’s a lot of pressure to perform during sex. Not only do you want to impress your partner, you're also both naked and in compromising positions. Combine those two things and the likelihood of things getting embarrassing is pretty high. As these guys can attest, things can get real awkward, real fast.
- "I was going at it with a girl in my dorm room when I got this itch on my butt. I tried ignore it, but it got more and more noticeable. It was so bad, it almost felt like it was burning. I tried to quickly itch it, but when I pulled my hand forward, I realized the source of the itching was from a tiny little wad of toilet paper that was stuck to my butt. I was in such shock I didn't realize I was staring at it for a split second, which was enough time for her to notice it. She laughed in my face. I was just like, 'How the f*ck do I leave my own dorm room?' We were actually friends with benefits for a while despite that. Or maybe we were only friends with benefits because of that." —Mike, 27
- "I was home for break when I ran into my old high school crush at a party and we hooked up. We went back to her place, and as it turned out, her and her parents' bedrooms were very close to each other, so we had to be VERY quiet. Sometime in the night, I got out of bed in my boxers to pee. I came back and started fumbling around in the dark trying to find the bed. Except… I wasn't in her room. I was in her parents room. Her dad flicked on the light and screamed, "WHAT THE F*CK?" Which was fair. Some drunk half naked guy was wandering around his room. It's a miracle I didn't get shot. I managed to blurt out that I was their daughter's friend right as she came rushing into the room. They put two-and-two together at this point, and she got a very stern, 'We'll talk about this in the morning.' This was before Uber, so I had to have a friend come pick me up." —Ryan, 27
- "I got my semen all up a girl's nose and in her eye. I guess it was my fault, but it was a total accident. She wanted me to finish on her breasts, but it shot all over her face. She was coughing and snorting. It burned. I felt awful." —Max, 26
- "I was having sex with my girlfriend when her parents weren't home and the sex was starting to get pretty intense. I tried to flip her over and really be in control, but I wound up causing her leg to catch the edge of her nightstand. It knocked over a frame her recently deceased grandma had given her and shattered the glass. She started crying. She thought it was broken beyond repair. I just felt awful. The good news is that I was able to get the glass replaced and the frame itself was fine." —Ethan, 28
- "I was having sex with my girlfriend doggy style, and we were really going at it. I sort of slipped out and without realizing it, wound up ramming my penis right back into her taint. Hard. We both screamed." —Dylan, 29
- "My (ex) girlfriend and I were getting a little kinky, and I thought it'd be a good idea to take these silk scarves out of the closet and use them to tie her up. The problem was, I had no idea what I was doing, so I basically just created these impossible knots I couldn't untie. I spent 20 minutes trying to get them undone, and eventually I had to cut her loose. She was pretty mad I wound up ruining her scarves." —Will, 27
- "I was getting ready to open up some lube, but somehow the cap was already loose, so it wound up going everywhere. It was mostly all over me and on the bed, so I ran to the bathroom to get some of it off, but I guess I was too slippery because I fell and hit my head on the counter. Luckily it wasn’t so bad that I needed stitches or anything, but it put an end to sex pretty quick." —Anthony, 27
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.