“Although the penis has no bones, this male genital organ can be broken during a penile fracture. This condition occurs when the erect penis is suddenly and forcibly flexed, often during sexual activity.”
Halodoc, Jakarta – Fracture of the penis is a tear in tunica albuginea, a rubber sheath of tissue under the skin that allows the penis to increase in width and length to produce a firm erection. Sometimes, it is the erectile tissue at the base of the tunica albuginea that has the name corpus cavernosum also broke.
When experiencing a penile fracture, sufferers will feel the following symptoms:
- Bleeding from the penis.
- Experiencing dark bruises on the penis.
- Difficulty urinating
- Hearing a cracking or popping sound.
- Sudden loss of erection.
- Pain that varies from minimal to severe.
Penile fractures often result in what has become popularly known as the “eggplant deformity” or eggplant deformity, a condition when the penis looks purple and swollen. Less common symptoms of a penile fracture include swelling of the scrotum and blood in the urine.
What Causes Penile Fractures?
Penile fractures often occur due to the force of a blunt object, for example, when the penis is erect and hits something hard and becomes bent. Common causes are:
- Sexual activity with a partner. Penile fractures can occur when the penis detaches from your partner and pushes against the area between the anus and the perineum or pelvic bone.
- Energetic masturbation.
- Falling or rolling over while erect or hitting the erect penis against a wall or door when the room is dark.
- Taqaandan. This method of bending the erect penis is popular with some men from the Middle East or Central Asia to remove an erection or change the shape or size of the penis.
Although penile fractures can result from injury during any position in sexual intercourse, practicing certain practices can increase a man’s risk of developing the condition.
For heterosexual men, the position of women at the top also increases the risk. When the penis is momentarily blocked at the entrance to the vagina, the woman’s full weight can forcefully bend the erection. Sexual intercourse position when the penis enters through the back also has a relationship with penile injury.
Men in certain Middle Eastern cultures practice taqaandan or penile fracture. This involves grasping the shaft of the erect penis and bending the top until it clicks. Men in this culture do this for various reasons, such as:
- Deflating an erection they don’t want.
- Trying to enlarge or straighten the penis.
Penile fracture treatment
Because injuries can cause long-term damage to male sexual and urinary function, it’s definitely important to seek emergency medical attention if you do.
Currently, the most common treatment for penile fractures is surgery. The surgeon will repair the section tunica albuginea with stitches. The doctor can also look for other potential injuries, such as a tear in the urethra.
However, as with any surgical method for other health problems, surgery to treat penile fractures also carries a risk of complications, such as:
- Curved penis.
- Fistula (unwanted opening).
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Painful erections.
Immediately consult a doctor if you experience a painful penile fracture. Find the best doctors in Halodoc with downloads Halodoc via the App Store or Play Store.
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