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9 Things You Didn't Know About Doggy-Style Sex

It’s the second most dangerous position.
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  1. It’s the second most dangerous position. 

    Woman-on-top edges it out, but doggy-style is responsible for over a quarter of penile fractures. According to a study done at the University of Campinas in Brazil, 28 percent of men admitted to the ER with a penile fracture got it from doggy-style (for what it’s worth, woman-on-top took credit for 50 percent). But don’t worry, the odds of “breaking” a penis during sex are still incredibly low, so don’t let this scare you off.
  2. It's part of a bigger family of "rear entry" sex positions. 

    Doggy style isn't the only way to have sex from behind; doggy style is part of the "rear entry" group of sex positions that range from downward dog (yes, like the yoga position) and froggy to reverse cowgirl. So if you find the "standard" doggy style too uncomfortable, you've got plenty of options: use a pillow under your stomach or even brace yourself against a chair.
  3. It's really, really old. 

    You think Snoop Dogg was the first person to reference the sex position in 1992? No way. Ancient Greeks and Romans have artwork and literature referencing the sex position; Roman philosopher Lucretius even recommended it for couples trying to conceive (please note that this has no actual scientific basis).
  4. Lots of songs reference the sex position. Lots. 

    According to Genius, there are over 1,600 songs that address the topic, at least in passing. "P.I.M.P." by 50 cent, "The Bad Touch" by The Bloodhound Gang, and "Back That Thing Up" by Justin Moore (which is a country song about doggy-style sex in a barn, and it's just as good as it sounds).
  5. If you're a woman and doggy style sex is painful, you have options.

    Because this position allows for super-deep penetration, some women may find their partners are hitting up against their cervix. Try slowing down the rate of penetration, and play with the angle of your hips. Try going down on your forearms or up on your palms to see if the depth makes a difference in your comfort level.
  6. It's called "doggy style" but plenty of other animals mate that way

    ...including horses, camels, giraffes, and elephants.
  7. ...and tons of animals don't. 

    Whales, dolphins, and spiders forsake the position. And primates like chimpanzees don't use it exclusively.
  8. It's not just for vaginal sex. 

    Feel free to engage in anal sex and cunnilingus while you're back there. "Doggy style" can refer to any of those things, not just sex from behind.
  9. It's a favorite for a lot of guys. 

    According to a Women's Health poll, men list it as their favorite sex position, trumping old standbys like missionary.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.