Now listen up closely boys and, well, boys. Every guy should really know…
Q: Can you break your penis?
A: Well, even though there is no “penis bone,” you can indeed break your penis. It’s called a penile fracture and when it happens, there’s a popping or snapping sound (louder than what you’d hear in your Rice Krispies bowl). The penis then turns black and blue, and there’s terrible PAIN — the kind of pain where you would need to pour down an entire bottle of Advil.
Now, how can this happen? During an erection, the penis is engorged with blood. If the penis is bent suddenly or forcefully while it’s engorged, the trauma may rupture the lining of one of the two cylinders in the penis (corpus cavernosum) responsible for erections — resulting in a penis fracture. Young men in their 20s and 30s, who tend to be engaged in more vigorous sexual activity face the highest risk, but it does occur in men in their 40s and 50s.
Here’s how to avoid penile fracture: don’t use your penis too roughly. A common way that penile fracture happens is when a man is thrusting too hard and fast during sex. One man actually suffered penile fracture after running across the room and trying to penetrate his partner with a flying leap. A high number of fractured penises in Jamaica prompted the government to ban songs and videos which suggested or promoted acts of “daggering,” a Caribbean dance style where couples simulate dry sex in various positions to the beat of the music.
Needless to day, a penis fracture requires urgent medical attention. It can usually be diagnosed with a physical exam, and prompt surgical repair is typically recommended. Left untreated, a penis fracture may result in erectile dysfunction or penile deviations, such as chronic curvature of the penis (causing an erection that bends sideways—sometimes at a 45-degree angle). You may be able to win a bunch of bar bets with this issue, but you’ll probably be going home alone most nights.
My advice is if your dick starts turning colors after sex, you may want to mosey on down to the Emergency Room and get it checked out.