According to an interesting new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, extramarital affairs and other sex that happens in uncommon circumstances may increase a man’s risk of suffering a penile fracture, also known as a “broken penis.”
The groundbreaking study led by Dr. Andrew Kramer, a urologist and researcher at the University of Maryland Medical Center, found that men who have had penile fractures had typically been engaging in unconventional sex acts, or sex in unusual locations such as restrooms or on the job, at the time of the accident.
The study also highlighted the fact that the majority of the injuries were suffered during sex outside of marriage. Dr. Kramer suggested that such sexual encounters may be hurried, unfamiliar, or involve awkward sex positions, and he said, “All these factors could make the man less able to protect his penis from an unexpected sudden downward thrust leading to the fracture.”
The penis itself has no bones; the term “broken” refers to the tearing of the tunica albuginea, a fibrous inner membrane which surrounds the corpora cavernosa (spongy tissue chambers inside the shaft of the penis) and provides rigidity when intact.
During sexual arousal, the spongy tissue becomes engorged with blood and rigid. If the erection is subjected to unusual impact or pressure by “missed” thrusts during unconventional sex, the membrane may tear, leading to internal hemorrhaging, swelling, pain, and reduced function.
Penile fractures are treatable through several different types of surgery, and scientists have long understood the underlying mechanism and pathology of these injuries. Yet, Dr. Kramer’s study, conducted at the University of Maryland Hospital, is the first to consider what the men were doing physically at the time of the injury. He focused on 16 cases of broken penis seen by doctors during a six-year period at that hospital and looked carefully at the circumstances of each incident.
Interestingly, his study found that 50% of the patients with penile fractures were engaged in sexual act with someone other than their wife at the time of the accident.
Moreover, most of these accident victims were having sex in unconventional locations such as cars, elevators and bathrooms. According to Dr. Kramer, of the sixteen patients whose cases were reviewed, only three were engaging in normal marital sex when the accident occurred. And, because of the potentially-embarrassing nature of such an incident, he speculated that penile injuries are being under-reported and may be more common than the numbers suggest.
In conclusion, it may be said that sex can be a dangerous sport. Men who seek the thrill of sex in unusual locations and positions, especially sex outside of marriage, run a higher risk of breaking their penises… Men who cheat may break more than their women’s hearts. Still, by being cautious when having sex in bizarre ways and places, men can experience the joy and fulfillment of sex while reducing the chance of breaking their valuable.