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What Causes Penile Fractures?

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A fracture in the penis is extremely painful, and may even hurt to think about. This is because the penis is a sensitive organ, and a fracture may cause swelling, bruising, and bleeding. Many people are scared to go to the doctor because they may feel embarrassed or ashamed. However, these injuries are not uncommon, and they should be evaluated by a physician to determine the best course of action.

If you're wondering why a penis fracture occurs, it's important to understand what the penile shaft consists of. The penis is made up of three columns of tissue. The two outer columns are called the corpora cavernosa. The third column is the corpus spongiosum, which is located in the center of the penis and is surrounded by the urethra. The urethra is the tube that transports urine and semen out of the body.

The two corpora cavernosa are responsible for helping the penis fill with blood and become erect. When a penis fracture occurs, it is usually because of trauma, such as a blow to the penis, or an erect penis that hits something hard. This type of fracture is considered a traumatic fracture.

What is a Penile Fracture?

A penile fracture occurs when there is trauma to the erect penis, resulting in a tear in the tissues of the penis. When this happens, the penis may take on a bowed shape, or it may look like it's pointing in the opposite direction from how it normally does. Even though a penile fracture may be very painful and cause bleeding, swelling, and bruising, the fracture itself is not considered a serious injury if it can be treated by a medical professional.

Men who do not seek out medical treatment run the risk of their penis taking on permanent damage and having impaired erectile function. In fact, some men may even develop an infection from their injury. If you have suffered a penile fracture, it is important to seek out medical treatment as soon as possible.

Symptoms of a Penile Fracture

  • The symptoms of a penile fracture include:
  • Severe pain
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Enlargement of the penis

The symptoms of a penile fracture can vary depending on whether the fracture is complete or incomplete.

Causes of a Penile Fracture

1. A sudden sharp bending of the penis during sex, masturbation, or any other type of sexual activity.

This is the number one cause of a penile fracture. Sex is by far the most common activity during which a penile fracture can occur. If a man is thrusting his penis in or out of his partner during sex and he suddenly bends his penis, a penile fracture can occur.

Cowgirl and reverse cowgirl are two sexual positions that risk penile fracture. In these positions, the man is on his back and his partner is on top of him. If the person on top misjudges where the penis is, they can harm the penis when they move up and down. This is why it is important for both partners to communicate during sex, and to take it easy when trying new things.

Masturbation can also cause a penile fracture. If a man is holding onto his penis too tightly, or if he thrusts his penis too fast, he can cause a penile fracture.

2. Penile Trauma

Penile fracture is also caused by direct trauma, such as a fall onto an erect penis, or a direct hit on the erect penis.

Just like trauma anywhere else on the body, falling or getting hit on the penis can cause serious damage.

3. Torsion

Torsion is when the penis is twisted or turned in an abnormal way. Torsion can be caused by trauma or by the erect penis being trapped and twisted.

If the penis is trapped in a way that it can't move, it can be subjected to abnormal and very painful movement.

Treatment for a Penile Fracture

The treatment for a penile fracture depends on the severity of the injury. If the fracture is incomplete and the erectile function is normal, the penis may be wrapped in a dressing and splinted to prevent bending or further damage. If the fracture is severe, surgery may be required to repair the torn tissue. The treatment depends on the severity of the injury and the extent of the damage to the penis tissue.

The fracture may heal on its own, but it may not. There may be permanent damage to the tissue of the penis, which will result in impaired erectile function. For this reason, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the injury occurs.

Conclusion

Penile fracture is an uncommon type of penile injury that occurs when there is trauma to the erect penis. When this happens, the penis may take on a bowed shape, or it may look like it's pointing in the opposite direction from how it normally does. Even though a penile fracture may be very painful and cause bleeding, swelling, and bruising, the fracture itself is not considered a serious injury if it can be treated by a medical professional. Men who do not seek out medical treatment run the risk of their penis taking on permanent damage and having impaired erectile function.

This blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. Your specific circumstances should be discussed with a healthcare provider. All statements of opinion represent the writers' judgement at the time of publication and are subject to change. Phoenix and its affiliates provide no express or implied endorsements of third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products, or services.

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