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Dr. Manny: ‘Sex Sent Me to the ER’ TV show makes me sick

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A scene from the show, 'Sex Sent Me to the ER,' on TLC. (TLC)

As a women’s doctor, I can’t think of anything more disgusting and reprehensible than glamorizing  injuries associated with having sex. This is exactly what is happening on a new TLC show, premiering on Dec. 28, called “Sex Sent Me to the ER,” during which scripted actors reenact real-life sex injuries incurred by regular people.

In reports of one episode, a 440-pound man manages to put his 110 pound girlfriend’s head through a sheetrock wall while having sex with her.  As the drama develops in this brilliant piece of television, the frightened boyfriend tries to dislodge the girlfriend’s head from the wall, thinking she is dead. In reality, she ends up in the ER with a concussion.

Another episode reportedly features a man who broke his penis while having a threesome with his wife and mistress. Once they arrive in the ER, the wife and mistress then engage in a brawl over who was responsible for the damage.

And voila – we have, “Sex Sent Me to the ER.” Stay tuned for further injuries.

Shows like this are stupid, reprehensible and just plain disgusting.  How can our society support such a stupid and violent depiction of sex? These days, it’s common to hear of people engaging in sexual acts that place their partner in danger. I’ve seen these injuries in the ER, and they are no joke.

I know that these episodes of "Sex Sent Me to the ER" are meant to be entertaining – but I personally do not care to see them acted out. And I hope that this show doesn’t become a sort of ‘kama sutra’ used by other risk-seeking couples, looking for a thrill.

There’s nothing to glorify about sexual accidents. Yes, sometimes they happen. And they can be quite dangerous. But to exploit an accident for entertainment purposes adds nothing to the viewer’s intelligence or growth – and will only lead to misguided people trying to act out their own “accidents” at home.

Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's Senior Managing Editor for Health News. Prior to this position, Alvarez was a FNC medical contributor.
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