October 5, 2011
Your Cheating Ways Could End Up Breaking Your Penis
New research has found that men who have extramarital affairs may not only suffer a broken heart, but are also increasing their risk of a broken penis.
According to the new study from Dr. Andrew Kramer, a urologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, there is a link between patients suffering from penile fracture and extramarital affairs. His paper, published in the journal Sexual Medicine, is called "Penile Fracture Seems More Likely During Sex Under Stressful Situations."
Kramer studied a small group 16 men who were seeking treatment for penile fracture. According to the study, the men´s injuries were so severe they needed surgical repairs. These surgeries were done at the University of Maryland between 2007 and 2011.
“I´ve written quite a few papers in my life but none have gotten as much interest from a lay audience as this one,” Kramer told the Washington Post. “Maybe it has captured the fear men have of these events.”
But what makes extramarital sex so dangerous to the penis?
Maybe it has to do with having sex in unconventional situations and the locations where they occur, said Kramer and colleagues. Only three of the men received their injury in the bedroom. The rest got their injuries in public restrooms, cars, elevators, and even offices. And the majority were having extramarital affairs.
Kramer wrote that this injury seems to occur within a group of men who have sex aggressively, and who also may be in rushed or stressed situations - which is often how extramarital affairs occur.
He was surprised about how honest men were with their injuries. Most of the men were “really terrified” and wanted their penis “fixed.”
Kramer noted, however, that remaining monogamous would not render penises fracture-proof.
He told MSNBC that if you are having acrobatic sex, you should be careful. “If you are doing something in a weird position or a weird situation...you do have to be careful of fracturing the penis.”
In such situations, sex may be rushed and involve unusual or awkward sexual positions, Kramer said. “All these factors could make the man less able to protect his penis from an unexpected sudden downward thrust leading to the fracture.”
While penile fractures are rare, they may be underreported due to the potentially embarrassing circumstances surrounding the injury, said Kramer.
A penile fracture, commonly called a “broken penis,” is an injury that occurs to the erect penis. There are no bones in the penis; the “fracture” refers to tearing of the fibrous membrane (tunica albuginea), which surrounds the spongy tissue in the center of the penis. A fracture is followed by hemorrhaging, swelling and loss of erection.
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