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Penile fractures happen in films, but can you really break your partner’s penis?

Sex is all fun and games until you break the boner—literally. Or, can you?
A broken penis is the stuff of nightmares. Here's how you can prevent it from happening. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Sonakshi Kohli Updated: 17 Nov 2019, 21:27 pm IST
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We’re pretty sure that if the headline mentioned any other type of fracture, say that of the foot, leg, wrist—or even the nose for that matter—you wouldn’t have been as curious.

But, since the possibility of a fractured penis is what has caught your attention, we might as well discuss this serious and well—painful problem. Because you know what? There might be no bone in a man’s boner, but that still doesn’t eliminate the risk of a fracture down there.

What’s a penile fracture to begin with? 

If your wild imagination has led you to think that a penile fracture results in a man’s penis getting broken into two or forming cracks, you’re wrong. 

“Since the penis doesn’t have a bone, a man’s erect (and only erect) penis is said to be fractured when he suffers from a tear in the penile tissue when it is subjected to a strong external force that it cannot bear,” explains Dr Aditya Pradhan, senior consultant, urology department at BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi.

In fact, a review published in the European Medical Journal, describes a penile fracture as a traumatic disruption of the fibrous layer that protects the erectile tissues in the penis and the enclosed tubes responsible for erection as a result of blunt trauma to the erect penis. It may involve the urethra and the tissue surrounding the urethra.

Can you be responsible for this damage to your partner?

Let us make this simple: the penis has three cylindrical tubes protected by a fibrous layer. Out of these tubes, one is the urethra, which is the passage for urine to pass. And the other two tubes are responsible for erection as they swell up like balloons, thanks to increased blood flow caused by sexual arousal. In this state, the tubes become stiff and can’t take too much force or pressure. 

Now, imagine thrusting the penis too hard during sexual intercourse. You don’t need to be Einstein to figure out that under extreme pressure or force, anything that is too stiff will break. That rule applies here too–except, the penis won’t break. Just the tissues and tubes in the area will rupture.

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That said, your man could be responsible too! Rigorous movements on his part during sexual intercourse and aggressive masturbation can also lead to a penile fracture. Moreover, attempting penetration when the penis is not fully erect can also lead to injuries, explains Dr Pradhan. 

Wait, there’s more…

Your favourite sexual positions could be the most risky.  Apart from an extreme blow job breaking the deal, a study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research found that 41% of its participants suffered from penile injuries when attempting intercourse from a rear-entry position. 

“Any position in which the penis has to bend unnaturally can be injurious and may lead to a penile fracture. If the female partner is on top and all her weight is on the penis area then that too could be a cause as well,” Dr Pradhan explains.  

What are the symptoms of penile fractures?

It doesn’t take much to figure out that your night and his penis have been ruined. The latter can get back to normal if he, or you, are smart enough to identify the following symptoms and get treatment within 72 hours:

*You hear a sudden crackling sound during sex

*Your partner’s penis will become flaccid and he’ll be in extreme pain 

*His penis may feel tight and swollen, and not in a good way

*He might find it painful to urinate and may notice blood in his urine

What ensues now?

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to help your partner, apart from helping him make it to the doctor’s. That’s because the only way to treat a penile fracture is through surgery. Needless to say, the sooner you’ll get it diagnosed and treated, the faster he’ll recover. Moreover, this will ensure that there are lesser chances of permanent damage and infertility.

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