Sex moves that can give you a broken penis

Sex moves that can give you a broken penis
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True, there are no bones in a boner. But penis breakage is a real thing. There are no bones in a stalk of celery or (if you prefer) a giant redwood either. What doctors call “penile fracture” happens when a the tunica albuginea membrane tears. That is the bit surrounding the corpora cavernosa, the part in the center of the penis that becomes engorged with blood during erection.

A tearing of the tunica albuginea tears means the blood in the area spills out into other tissue. You’ll know it’s happening because there is an cracking or popping sound, accompanied by severe pain, purple bruising and (if you’re smart) a trip to the ER. Tim-ber! Your woody just became kindling. Look up penile fracture on Wikipedia if you want to see a picture of what this looks like — but you really, really don’t.

This unpleasant happenstance once inspired an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” but if you’ve ever seen the show you’re probably not in possession of a penis in the first place. In many cases, penile fracture can require surgery — going in and sewing up the tears in the tunica albuginea — though if left untreated the tears may heal themselves, albeit leaving scar tissue that could result in erectile dysfunction or a permanent curvature that may change your pocket rocket to more of a man-banana.

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