The most common cause of vaginal tearing due to sexual intercourse is insufficient lubrication. Water-based lubricants can remedy vaginal dryness and help prevent tears. Oil-based lubricants are inferior because they can cause an allergic reaction or irritation and can degrade latex condoms. Whereas certain sexual positions provide conditions that increase the risk for vaginal tearing, the "woman-on-top" position can help avoid traumatic tears.
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