The world is chock-full of urban legends. They can be scary, mysterious, or even hilarious. However, they’re just legends, so they can’t possibly be true, right?
As it turns out, some of these urban legends are actually 100% true. Interestingly, a lot of them are about sex—if this doesn’t make you uneasy about sleeping with somebody, we don’t know what will.
10. People Have Actually Gotten Stuck During Sex
While this nightmarish scenario might be the last thing any couple wants to experience, it unfortunately has happened multiple times in the past. According to medical journals, penis captivus (yes, it’s as painful as it sounds) involves intense spasms that can cause a woman’s vagina to clamp down on her partner’s penis during intercourse. As the man’s penis is usually engorged at this point, withdrawing becomes painful and nearly impossible. Luckily (kind of), penis captivus usually only lasts for a few seconds.
As of this writing, there is no legitimate scientific explanation for what causes the spasms behind penis captivus, though some blame witchcraft or consider it a punishment for the couple engaging in an illicit affair. Both of these are pure superstitions, however.
It’s an incredibly rare condition—only a handful of alleged incidents have ever been recorded. However, it might simply be massively underreported—as we can see from the video above, which details an alleged case of penis captivus from Nairobi in 2012, any such incident is bound to trigger an uproar and waves of sensationalism.