Sexual activity after total hip arthroplasty: a motion capture study

J Arthroplasty. 2014 Mar;29(3):640-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2013.07.043. Epub 2013 Sep 7.


Relative risk of impingement and joint instability during sexual activities after total hip arthroplasty (THA) has never been objectively investigated. Hip range of motion necessary to perform sexual positions is unknown. A motion capture study with two volunteers was performed. 12 common sexual positions were captured and relevant hip joint kinematics calculated. The recorded data were applied to prosthetic hip 3D models to evaluate impingement and joint instability during motion. To explore the effect of acetabular component positioning, nine acetabular cup positions were tested. Four sexual positions for women requiring intensive flexion (> 95°) caused prosthetic impingements (associated with posterior instability) at 6 cup positions. Bony impingements (associated with anterior instability) occurred during one sexual position for men requiring high degree of external rotation (> 40°) combined with extension and adduction at all cup positions. This study hence indicates that some sexual positions could be potentially at risk after THA, particularly for women.

Keywords: cup positioning; impingement; joint instability; motion capture; sexual activity; total hip arthroplasty.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / adverse effects
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Coitus / physiology*
  • Computer Simulation
  • Female
  • Femoracetabular Impingement / diagnosis*
  • Femoracetabular Impingement / etiology
  • Hip Joint / physiology*
  • Hip Prosthesis
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / diagnosis*
  • Joint Instability / etiology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Posture
  • Range of Motion, Articular*