Most likely, the first thing that comes to mind is how? The penis has no bone, so how does it get fractured? On a lighter note, it doesn’t matter that an erection is playfully referred to as a boner. It really has no bone.
Read on to learn about the rare phenomenon, penile fracture.
What is Penile Fracture?
This occurs when an engorged penis is bent suddenly or forcefully, with the trauma rupturing the outer lining of one of the two layers of the corpora cavernosa.
When does it happen?
A penile fracture occurs when the penis is fully erect, and during sexual activities like intercourse when it slips out of the vagina and accidentally thrusts the pelvis, or during aggressive masturbation.
It’s always good to tell your doctors the truth about what happened because the doctor works with the information presented in patient management.
What are the symptoms of Penile Fracture?
The penis bulges and turns purplish, looking like an eggplant. Other symptoms include:
Immediate penile pain
A cracking sound
Immediate loss of erection
Swelling in the penis
Sometimes the urethra, the tube that drains urine is damaged as well, and blood might be visible at the opening of the penis.
Is Penile Fracture Dangerous?
Yes. It is an emergency that requires urgent attention. It can be diagnosed with a physical examination, but additional tests may be needed. Prompt surgical repair is usually the recommended treatment.
Left untreated, a penis fracture might result in a curved penis or the permanent inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sex (erectile dysfunction).