Whether it's an arm, leg or nose, many people have suffered a broken bone at some point -- but what about a broken penis?
A penile fracture can occur when there is trauma to the erect penis and the lining of the area that becomes engorged with blood ruptures. The painful injury typically happens during rough sexual intercourse or aggressive self-pleasuring, and it is often accompanied by a cracking or popping sound and immediate bruising and swelling of the penis.
"You have these channels inside the penis that fill with blood, and a system of valves that keeps the penis erect," plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains. "It's not like breaking a bone or breaking a tendon. It's breaking those vascular channels."
If you sustain a penile fracture, you should seek prompt medical attention. Surgery is usually required to repair the injury and prevent long-term complications. If left untreated, a penile fracture can lead to chronic pain, deformity of the penis and the inability to have sex.