It is possible to break your penis. This is rare but it can happen if there’s trauma to the erect penis.
This is every man’s worst nightmare.
A penis will often break when erect. A flaccid penis does not typically break or fracture.
So, how does this happen?
During an erection, the penis is filled with blood. This blood is found in two tube-like parts called corpora cavernosa. If the erect penis suddenly or forcefully bends, the trauma can rupture (break) the outer lining of one of the corpora cavernosa. This can result in a broken penis - what is popularly know as penile fracture.
Common causes of penile fracture
- The most common cause of penile fracture is any aggressive or forceful act during sexual intercourse. This may include when the penis is bend suddenly or accidentally thrust against the pelvis, certain sex acts and certain sex positions can put you at greater risk of penile fracture than others. It has been found that woman on top is the riskiest since if the penis slips out of the vagina and hits a hard area of her body or if she accidentally sits on your erect penis, it can break.
- Aggressive masturbation can result in penile fracture if you’re masturbating too hard and at a wrong angle. To be safe, always ensure that you are in a comfortable position and that your penis is not bent.
- A hand job that is done too aggressively can also break the penis. This is especially true if the penis is getting folded in the process.
- Bending the penis while trying to get rid or hide an unwanted erection. The practice of bending the penis or stuffing it in the underwear in an attempt to hide an erection can break your penis.
Other possible causes:
- Rolling over in bed onto an erect penis
- Falling onto an erect penis
- Hitting an erect penis on something, such as a door frame or furniture
Signs of a fractured penis include:
- Immediate penile pain. A lot of pain
- Having trouble urinating
- A popping or cracking sound
- Rapid loss of erection
- Swelling in the penile shaft
- Discoloration of the penile shaft due to bleeding underneath the skin
- Damage to the urethra
- Blood in the opening of the penis
When to see a doctor
If you suspect that you have fractured your penis, see immediate medical attention. This is an emergency because your sexual and urinary functions can be permanently affected. The sooner you can visit a doctor, the sooner you are likely to recover fully.