Dr. Sex Edna: Broken Members

She isn't really a doctor. She is graduate student in public health who loves to give people sex advice. Whether one-on-one or in the classroom, Dr. Sex Edna has talked to teenagers, kids, parents, grandparents (maybe yours), teachers, nuns and priests about everything from condoms to shrimping. If she hasn't done it herself, she's heard of it, and will work diligently to answer all your burning questions.

Ask Dr. Sex Edna - She isn't really a doctor. She is graduate student in public health who loves to give people sex advice. Whether one-on-one or in the classroom, Dr. Sex Edna has talked to teenagers, kids, parents, grandparents (maybe yours), teachers, nuns and priests about everything from condoms to shrimping. If she hasn't done it herself, she's heard of it, and will work diligently to answer all your burning questions.

Dear Dr. Sex Edna,

Can a guy actually break his dick?  How often does it happen and is there anything I can do to prevent it?

-Cautious Randy

Well Randy,

All that depends on your definition of the word “break.”  Unless your penis has completely calcified and you are stuck with a permanent stiffy, you technically can’t break your dick. 

Your penis is made from spongy tissue and blood vessels that become engorged upon arousal.  If the erect penis gets bent or banged the wrong way, you may or may not hear a “popping” noise, resulting in immediate deflation, followed by intense PAIN.  This is called a penile fracture. Sometimes it can happen due to intercourse, other times it’s due to masturbation and in cases of taqaandan, it’s intentional, but regardless it needs immediate medical attention.

Taqaandan comes from the Kurdish word meaning “to click,” and is the practice of popping the head of the penis, somewhat akin to cracking your knuckles.  When this is done, the erect penis almost immediately “deflates.” It’s said to give the same feeling of relief you get from cracking your knuckles, however penile fractures resulting from this are becoming somewhat of a public health issue in countries like Iran. 

As a disclaimer, I DO NOT support engaging in this activity, because the last thing I need in my life is some jackass telling me it’s my fault they broke their penis trying to kill a raging boner while at work.  It can cause difficulty urinating and you may have sexual complications FOR LIFE.   So just deal with the boner storms for a few minutes.

The majority of penile fractures, however, are due to masturbation and intercourse.  “Banging” your bed sheets, living room carpet or closet door can also cause you to crush it up between you and the opposing surface.  So proceed with caution if this is an activity you enjoy.

As for intercourse—the part you’ve probably been waiting for—the position that is the most commonly results in a fractured penis is the reverse cowgirl, followed by rear entry or “doggie” style.  The reverse cowgirl position (where the receptive partner is on top facing away from you) typically causes this injury by bending the penis forward, causing it to pop. A rear entry injury is the result of the penis slipping out and hitting the lower hip or tailbone of the receiving partner.  This is similar to the hitting of the hard surfaces I mentioned earlier.

To answer your question Randy, no, you can’t break your penis, but you can seriously hurt it—and it’s more common than you think.  It’s an incident that emergency rooms see at least once a month, so proceed with caution, my friend.

Feeling in the mood? Got a burning question? Ask Dr. Sex Edna by emailing her at drsexedna@iocapecod.com! You can also follow her on Twitter at @DrSexEdna.

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