Q: Can You Break Your Penis?

A: It’s the terrifying question you’ve always wanted the answer to: can penises break during sex? In short, yes, they can.


How Does a Penis Break?

Unlike other species like whales, humans do not have a bone in their penises. But, despite a literal lack of bone, boners can still be broken. Technically called a penis fracture, the layman’s term is broken penis syndrome. What actually occurs is a membrane called the tunica albuginea, which surrounds the spongy blood-filled tissues called the corpora cavernosa, tears and allows the blood to leak out into the penis.

Who Breaks Their Penis?


This injury is most often caused by extremely acrobatic or vigorous sex during which instead of penetrating the vagina or anus, the penis stabs a another less receptive part of the their partner’s anatomy such as the perineum (the solid area in between the anus and vagina or anus and scrotum). This bends the erect penis, tearing the outer membrane.

Men in their twenties and thirties have the highest percentage of broken penises out of any age group, most likely due to the variety of positions and frequency of intercourse. Accidents happen to even seasoned experts, and slipping out during sex is fairly normal, especially considering the pelvic contractions and wetness involved. This is not a problem.


But, reinsertion should be done with precision and care. According to urology experts, inexperienced women on top account for the most broken penises, as they bounce too high or too recklessly. The second most common culprit of a penis fracture is the man-on-top missionary position.

If you or your partner slips out, use a hand to guide the penis back in, in order to be sure it’s heading into a place that will accommodate it. It’s worth the two second break in the action. If you’re doubtful about whether you’re heading in the right direction, simply take a look at your destination and make sure your correctly aligned for a flawless entry.

If you’re unsure as to whether or not you’ve slipped out because you’re using an extra strength or climax control condom, you may want to consider using a thinner or more sensitive condom, like the Okamoto .004, so you’ll be able to feel more sensation, thereby keeping yourself safer by reducing the possibility of ramming into a solid surface on your way back in. Some people find that non-latex condoms, like the SKYN Large, have more heat transfer, which is another way to know if you’re in or out without a visual inspection.

Is It Really Broken?


So, how do you know if you’ve incurred a penis fracture? Firstly, there will be a loud popping sound. Then, the erection quickly subsides. Then comes the swelling, pain and bruising. At this point, it is wise to seek professional help from your healthcare provider, as it could heal and create a permanently bent penis, most likely sharply angled at a 45 degree angle.

Not that a naturally curved penis is bad, because clearly it’s not, but an untreated broken penis can result in scar tissue that may create erectile dysfunction or Peyronie’s disease. Please note that penises can bend without breaking, so unless you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, it’s unlikely that you fractured your penis.

If you do feel as though you have broken your penis, the end result isn’t as bad as you might think. After anesthesia is administered, a small incision is made where the tear in the membrane is, and the tear is stitched up. It’s a short operation and patient’s can go home the same day. When treated promptly, sex can resume in one month’s time. This is a much better alternative than a lifetime of disfigurement or erectile dysfunction from ignoring the problem and letting it heal on its own.

Breaking vs. Ripping


This differs greatly from a rip in the frenulum, which commonly occurs in uncircumcised men to have phimosis. This injury essentially rips the banjo string that attaches the shaft to the foreskin. Unlike a broken penis, this causes stinging, bleeding and does not have a sound or any bruising associated with it. Ordinarily, daily stretching of the foreskin and using a high quality lube like ID Glide will help prevent this tearing during sex.

Source: [Scientific American]

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