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Jade Small
Jade Small
November 23, 2022 ·  4 min read

Sex in Weird Places: A Couple Once Shagged in an MRI Machine, all in the name of Science

Since the dawn of mankind, sex has been a marveled mystery. The human body was dissected and explored by researchers, but not many have investigated how men and women fit together during intercourse. Except for a certain team of dedicated scientists who enrolled a couple to have sex in an MRI machine. This definitely takes the cake in terms of having sex in weird places.

Sex in weird places

Ida Sabelis was brave enough to participate in a study of the human body. Brave, we say, because it involved her having sex in weird places like an MRI machine. The purpose of the study was to see how men’s and women’s bodies fit together during intercourse. Ida’s partner was her loving boyfriend, Jupp. On the big day, Ida recalls realizing that she was the only woman in the study. A realization she found utterly exasperating. “I realized I was the only woman in the room,” she said. “It was like, of course I’m the only woman in a study about women’s bodies!”

Pek van Andel
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The study was conducted by Ida’s best friend’s partner, Menko Victor “Pek” van Andel, a man that Ida had thought of as eccentric. However, when he explained the project to her, she agreed because of his academic background. Even if he was asking her to have sex in such a weird place.

Ida and Jupp got themselves ready by undressing and getting into their birthday suits. They clambered awkwardly into the MRI machine, which enables doctors to see inside the human body like an X-ray. They assumed position, spooning each other with Jupp behind Ida. Then, they were given the go-ahead by Pek, who was watching from another room behind a thick glass window.

Leonardo Da Vinci

According to Pek, this research was the first of its kind. “It’s never been done before. Never,” he said. Leonardi Da Vinci was the first person to assume what happens during sex, and how the penis fits into the vagina. He drew an image of a man penetrating a woman and depicted the cervix as a cylindrical tunnel between their legs. This was Leonardo’s hypothesis, but it was made 500 years ago, and Pek was the first person since then to continue the study.

As Ida and Jupp started having sex, she recalled it becoming warm inside the MRI machine. “It became pleasantly warm in the tube and we truly succeeded in enjoying each other in a familiar way,” she said. Even though they were being watched and having sex in this weird place, Ida said Jupp had no issues getting an erection. All went smoothly, and every now and then the doctors would give them instructions through the intercom. They would say things like, “hold that pose,” and, “the erection is fully visible, including the root.” This would cause them to break into laughter. However, they did manage to finish up, after 45 minutes of intercourse. Then, they cleaned themselves up and went to see the images Pek had rendered.

“When I saw them it was just like aww that’s how we fit together,” says Ida. “They were beautiful! I could see my womb and then there was Jupp in a place that I knew from my own sensation, just below the cervix. There was very clear features of both our insides, including the boundary between both our bellies. It showed so much detail it made me speechless.”

Sex in weird places study rebuffed

When the sex in weird places study was released, they did not get the acknowledgement they expected. The study was rebuffed without explanation. When the tabloids in Holland found out about the study, they slammed the hospital for making sick and helpless people wait to get an MRI scan while Jupp and Ida were having sex, even though they did the study during after hours.

Ida Sabelis
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However, it was enough for the hospital to pull out of the study, which mean Pek could not confirm his findings. “It was completely disappointing,” said Pek. “We’d found an unexplored area of research, and no one wanted to let us finish the work because they were afraid of how it would look on their resumes.”

Pek was persistent in his work and later managed to get the go-ahead for a another study. Between 1991 and 1999, they got three single people and eight couples to participate. Ida was proud to say that she and Jupp were the only couple who did not require Viagra. “For me, the experiment was also a testimony to mine and Jupp’s happiness. I think that’s something the paper missed: how connected a couple must be to perform under those kinds of conditions.”

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