Squeaking hips cause embarrassment

Australians with ceramic hip replacements are being left red-faced by embarrassing squeaking sounds, which can occur during sex and have been mistaken for farts.

A survey of Canberrans with ceramic-on-ceramic joints found one in four had experienced at least one audible ‘hip squeak', typically first occurring about three years after the procedure and triggered by everyday activities.

Although painless, the squeaks cause considerable embarrassment, attracting teasing and joking from colleagues and family, and "inquiring looks