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Q: I WAS wondering if it is possible to fracture or "break" my penis when it is erect?

A: EVEN though there are no actual bones in a "boner", it is possible.

The shaft of the penis has two chambers of spongy tissue, the corpora cavernosa, that run along the inside length of the penis. Erections occur when, in response to physical or mental triggers, the nerves of the penis signal the surrounding muscles to relax, allowing blood to pour into the corpora cavernosa.

Penile fractures happen when an erect penis is thrust against a harder object.This could happen if someone enthusiastically plunges his penis into his partner, or a pillow, let's say, but instead hits a pubic bone or headboard. The thick membrane surrounding the corpora cavernosa can then tear, causing an audible "cracking" sound, abrupt loss of erection, severe pain, bruising and a bent penis.

Penile fractures are a medical emergency and must be treated immediately. In some cases, it is possible to damage the urethra, causing urination problems.

Dr Thom Van Every
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2011
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