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Intimate Problem: Penile Fracture

There's a time and place for wild sex, but you don't want to become too energetic and risk giving your man a penile fracture. When I saw this happen on a recent episode of Grey's Anatomy, I thought they were joking. I mean, there's no bone in the penis, so how could it become fractured? This rare injury actually involves the cylinder in the penis known as the corpus cavernosum, the part that becomes engorged with blood when a man has an erection. When the lining of this cylinder ruptures, it's known as a penile fracture. It's apparently an extremely painful injury that may be accompanied by a popping sound, immediately followed by bruising and loss of erection. The urethra may also be damaged, and a guy may notice blood at the opening of his penis. This is not something that will remedy itself with ibuprofen and a bag of ice — immediate medical attention and surgery is necessary, and if the guy doesn't get help, he can suffer permanent damage to his business.

A penile fracture can happen during sex when the woman is on top, when the penis becomes overbent, or if too much pressure is applied. It can also happen in non-sexual situations — anytime a guy suffers trauma to his penis while having an erection, he's at risk for a penile fracture. Like I said, this is a pretty rare injury so I wouldn't worry too much about hurting your man, but it is something to keep in mind.

To see the Grey's Anatomy clip,


Here's the clip from the episode "Stairway to Heaven."


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luna08 luna08 8 years
OMG!I could barely read this and I'm not even a guy!
myprivatespace myprivatespace 8 years
gawd... it is so risky. will someone tell me if it may recover in a day or two?,,, coz once such a thing did happen that he bled (but said that was my blood) and it was very painful for him for some days to do other regular business throughout the day.. like sitting, walking etc.. but he was back to normal by the weekend.
omilawd omilawd 8 years
Hiding55, same thing happened with me and my bf. He just yelled, "OWWW!" and I thought something was serious until he started going at it again, hahah.
pippins_halfling pippins_halfling 8 years
I think I'd be scarred for life if I ever did this to a guy. I'd probably never, ever have sex again after that.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
This is one of my worst nightmares.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
Once when my bf and I were really going at he "missed" and I swear to God I thought he was seriously hurt. I'll have to tell him about this article.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Yikes! :(
tglynn tglynn 8 years
All I can say is OW :S
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
i've heard about it... god forbid it ever happens to any guy I'm with.. I would be mortified~!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
My husband and I are shocked and awed.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
if i had a penis, by reading this it would have shrinked back into my body and never showed its cringing face again.
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