Penis Fracture & Peyronie’s Disease
The penis has no bones. So how could it become fractured?
The penis is made of three cylindrical tubes. One tube is the urethra. The urethra carries urine and semen through the penis. The other two tubes are called the corpora cavernosa chambers. These are spongy tubes that will fill with blood during an erection, and expand. The three tubes are wrapped together by a stretchy sheath called the tunica albuginea. When a penile fracture occurs the tunica albuginea becomes torn and can no longer keep the blood trapped inside the corpora cavernosa chambers. The tearing of the tunica albuginea is what is referred to as a penis fracture, despite the lack of bone. This causes swelling, bruising, pain, and can be accompanied by a popping sound at the time of the fracture. The pain can be mild to severe and may not be noticed immediately.
How do penis fractures happen?
Approximately 1,000 cases of penis fractures occur in the US each year, although it is likely that many more go undocumented. The most common cause of a penis injury is vigorous sex. This can make younger men in their sexual prime most at risk for a penis fracture due to vigorous sex. When thrusting during intercourse, especially in the women-on-top position, missing the vagina at the point of penetration can result in penile trauma. Other common causes of penile injury include penetrating the vagina before the penis is fully erect and sports related accidents.
How does the penis heal?
Often a penis injury will heal itself, but you should refrain sex for a few weeks to allow healing time. Pain is sometimes not felt in the penis shaft, but instead occurs in the head of penis. If you have any pain in your penis after a suspected penis injury, refrain from intercourse for a period of healing. A minor penis injury will not need medical attention, but a true penis fracture should be checked out by a physician. If you notice severe pain and significant bruising, going to your local ER is advised. On rare occasion a penis fracture can be very severe and require surgery. If surgery is necessary, repairing the tunica albuginea within 72 hours yields the best results.
Can a penis injury trigger a sexual disorder?
Although the exact cause of Peyronie’s disease is unknown, a penis fracture is thought to trigger Peyronie’s Disease. Peyronie’s Disease is often associated with a penis injury. Research suggests that half of all men who experience penis injuries, like a penis fracture, have been known to develop Peyronie’s Disease over time, while the other half of men will heal and never develop the disease. Peyronie’s Disease may not develop until months or years after suffering from a penis injury, and it may be the result of several minor penis injuries that one may not have ever noticed.
Symptoms of PD
The common symptoms of Peyronie’s Disease are a bent penis, painful erections, and lumps of plaque (scar tissue) that can be felt under the skin in the penis shaft. If you are suffering, treatment options are available so you can continue to have a satisfying sex life. Men suffering from Peyronie’s Disease should visit a men’s sexual dysfunction clinic, like the Kansas City Men’s Clinic to begin a treatment plan for Peyronie’s Disease. A general health practitioner may not have the expertise in treating Peyronie’s Disease like a men’s sexual health doctor. If you are suffering from a bent or curved penis and are located in the Kansas City, MO area or surrounding cities and counties, we encourage you to call us at (816) 533-4420 or visit online to schedule an appointment with the Kansas City Men’s Clinic.
The Kansas City Men’s Clinic is equipped with an onsite laboratory, all-male staff, and male appealing lobby to make your appointments comfortable, fast, and thorough. Our clinic focuses on treating men with Peyronie’s Disease, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and low testosterone. We are so confident in our 97% success rate of custom men’s treatments that we guarantee improvement in your sex life after your visit. We encourage you to call us today!