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How Fake Sex Sent Lena Dunham to Physical Therapy

author image Hillary Eaton
Hillary Eaton is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in VICE, Refinery29, LA Weekly and Complex. She loves writing about food, entertainment, travel and style.
How Fake Sex Sent Lena Dunham to Physical Therapy
Lena Dunham talks about sex-scene injury. Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

During an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Wednesday, Lena Dunham opened up, in her typical candid fashion, about suffering a “sex-scene injury” while filming her HBO show, “Girls.” The injury was so bad she ended up in physical therapy.

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The actress, who was attempting to act like she was getting it on in the wheelbarrow position (which she demonstrated to the audience), said the injury happened when she was trying to do more than she was able to, saying: “I was basically telling my scene partner I could do physical things that I can’t actually do,” she told Meyers. “I was like, ‘I may not seem athletic, but I’m a beast, and I can do … my hip flexors are so open, according to my yoga teacher — I can do anything. Do not worry about my body at all.’”

Dunham then went on to explain that it wasn’t until the next morning that she realized something was definitely not right and made her way to her physical therapist. Shockingly (not really), Dunham told Meyers that she initially held back the real source of her injury and made up excuses about how she got injured. Only when she finally fessed up to faux sex as the culprit was the therapist able to properly help her.

If you’re sexually active, chances are you’ve had your own minor mishaps in the bedroom that has led to anything from bruises and carpet burns to sprains or even (hopefully not!) the infamous broken penis. But while getting sex-related injuries are pretty common, injuries that keep you from properly having or enjoying sex are common as well.

Whether you have a bad knee or experience back pain, different physical conditions can keep you from the sex you want to be having. But, fortunately for you, we’ve got your back — no matter what your physical condition may be. Just check out this illustrated guide to the best sex positions for every kind of lover, from those who deal with an aching back to those with bad hips. And keep on getting it on.

What Do YOU Think?

Have you suffered a sex-related injury before? Did physical therapy help? Does an injury keep you from enjoying sex? Let us know in the comments!

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