The True Reality of Getting Raunchy in the Bathroom, Revealed

Even those of us who enjoy plain vanilla like to spice it up now and again. But is bonking in the bathroom the best way to get this kick? It definitely seems appealing, until we are falling all over the place. 

With this in mind, we have surveyed 515 adults to find out if getting dirty in the bathroom really lives up to the nation’s desires, before revealing the top injuries that can happen when getting raunchy in such a slippy room.  

Then to top it off, we’ve uncovered which interiors are most likely to suffer a break when bonking in the bathroom, and revealing how much this is costing Brits.

A Staggering 79% of Adults Have Had Sex in the Bathroom

We’ve all seen the steamy bathroom scenes on TV and films, which certainly make bathroom bonking look like a good idea. But how many people have actually taken part in these frolics, or do people prefer to just see it on-screen? 

According to our research, almost 4 out of 5 (79%) adults have had sex in the bathroom. Of those that admitted to taking part in bathroom sex, 2 out of 3 (66%) said it happened in the shower. Now, that’s certainly a steamy shower. However, that’s not all - intriguingly, 1 in 25 (4%) of adults confessed to having sex on the toilet.

There’s a 1 in 4 Chance That Getting Raunchy in the Bathroom Will Result in Injury

Frolicking in the bathroom is basically a recipe for disaster: awkward positions, slippery conditions, and tight spaces. In fact, 1 in 5 (19%) of adults admitted to falling over when getting frisky in the bathroom, and a further 1 in 4 (25%) adults injuring themselves when bonking in the bathroom. 

With this in mind, we asked those who have hurt themselves during bathroom sex to reveal the injuries they’ve sustained. These are the results:


Adults really ‘put their back into it’, with 28% stating they injured their back from bathroom sex, making it the most common injury. It’s not hard to see how one could easily harm their back during normal sex positions, especially if you’re getting in to it. So, mixing sex with slippy floors and tight spaces is certainly a back accident waiting to happen. 

If you’ve fallen over during bathroom sex, more than likely you’ve hurt your ankle/and or legs, like 24% of adults. This makes this injury the second most common from bathroom romps. 

Thirdly, and by no means less painful is a neck injury – an unlucky 16% of adults have been injured here from bathroom sex. Perhaps from the awkward positions, or slipperiness, it appears it’s easy to tweak your neck during bathroom frolics.

1 in 6 Males Have Damaged Their Down Below Whilst Doing the Deed in the Bathroom

Romping with your partner is always great until it lands you in pain, no matter what gender. But surprisingly men are more likely to suffer an injury from bonks in the bathroom. 27% of men stated that they’ve sustained an injury from bathroom sex, compared to 22% of women. 

Likewise, males are more likely to suffer from an intimate area injury, according to our study. 1 in 6 (17%) males admitted to hurting their below during bathroom romps. This suggests that the chances of injuring your penis is greater in the bathroom because of the strange positions and slipperiness. 

Unfortunately, men can risk fracturing their penis if it bends during a weird position. This could result in a very uncomfortable trip to the hospital, says Dr Karen Elizabeth Boyle.


1 in 10 Have Broken Their Shower Door Whilst Getting Steamy, Costing £240 to Replace

However, not only can frolicking in the bathroom result in injury, but it can be a costly affair too. Surprisingly, of the people who admitted to damaging something, over 1 in 10 (11%) stated it was the shower door. Unfortunately, this item is the most expensive to replace, costing on average £240. Couples could have had a romantic stay in a hotel for that price. 

But this wasn’t the bathroom interior that’s witnessed the most damage. It was, in fact, the shower curtain, with 54% of adults admitting to breaking this when bonking in the bathroom. 

A further over 1 in 6 (15%) adults said they damaged the shower fittings during bathroom romps, which begs the question, how? These bathroom bonkers have wasted a nice sum of £118. 

Finally, 9% of adults surveyed have chucked £105 down the drain by breaking the bathroom sink from their sexual shenanigans.

The Top Disappointments of Doing the Deed in the Shower

So, if you’re not falling over or breaking the shower curtain, what else about shower sex leaves a lot to be desired? We asked adults their biggest pet peeves of shower sex:

  • There’s not enough room – 32%
  • It’s slippery – 20%
  • The height difference between partners – 15%
  • Either hot or cold – 9%
  • Can’t carry out your normal shower routine – 6%
  • It wastes water – 5%
  • Hair gets wet - 5%
  • Soap suds in the wrong places - 5%
  • It’s disappointing - 4%

Shower frolickers stated the most disappointing thing about shower sex is that there’s simply not enough room, with almost 1 in 3 (32%) picking this as their pet peeve. Reddit users agree, sharing their hangups of bathroom sex, one user said: “My only problem with shower sex is the size of the shower.” With one redditor stating perhaps a walk in shower is in order. 

The second biggest disappointment is the fact the shower is slippery, making it difficult to balance or get rhythm, as stated by 1 in 5 adults (20%). This could uncover why a quarter of bathroom romps have led to a broken fitting. One reddit user admitted, the slipperiness of shower sex means, “by the end my head is usually smashing into the tile wall while I try to hold on for dear life.”

In third place for the biggest annoyance of shower sex is the height difference between partners (15%). Although, it’s women who are more likely to have this gripe, with 17% of women saying this, compared to just 14% of men.  

Our research also uncovered that shower rompers don’t like the sudden change in temperature, either. The fourth biggest disappointment, stated by 9% of adults, is that you’re either drowning in water or freezing cold as you stand outside of the shower stream. 

Interestingly, the fifth biggest annoyance is the fact you can’t carry on with your normal shower routine. 6% of adults apparently just want to carry on shampooing their hair instead of engaging in sexual activities. 

But, it’s not just selfish reasons why adults find shower sex disappointing. Surprisingly, 1 in 20 (5%) adults said they disliked shower romps because it wastes water.

1 in 12 Adults Have Bonked in the Bath - Increasing Their Chances of a UTI

Evidently shower sex is disappointing, but can bathtub sex be an alternative? You’re having a romantic night in with your partner and they run you a bubble bath. One thing leads to another and you're romping in the water. It’s a familiar tale, with 1 in 12 (8%) adults confessing to having bathtub sex. However, are these bathtub antics putting you at risk of an infection? 

Healthline states that bathtub sex opens the gate to infections, especially if you add bath salts, oils, or bubbles to the water - this increases your risk of a UTI. If you thought the water could wash away a yeast infection, think again. The conditions of sex in a bathtub environment may make it easier for a yeast infection to spread. 

So, in other words, ensure the water is clean and wait until the infection is gone before getting dirty. And if you really want to have a gratifying bathtub experience, find a large bath for extra frolicking space. 

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