Ooh, that’s gotta hurt.
Turns out, more and more men are getting hurt in a very specific place. Specifically, there’s been a 38% increase in men fracturing their penises!
But how can you tell if you’ve fractured your penis? According to Unilad, a fractured penis is a tear in the tunical albuginea. That’s an intense way of saying the tissue under the skin that helps the penis to grow when becoming erect. You can tell your penis is fractured by an audible snap or pop sound, a sudden loss of an erection, severe pain in that area, and more.
As physician Michael Reitano told HuffPost:
“Penis fractures are rare, but they do occur. It’s usually accompanied by a loud popping sound or a crackling noise and excruciating pain. It universally results in a rapid loss of the erection.”
He then added that swelling and severe bruising follows, “Tearing of blood vessels or severing of the urethra, the tube that carries urine, can occur. It can require surgery to repair the damage, and the long-term complications can include scarring, a bent penis, erectile dysfunction and difficulty with urination or with orgasms.”
The news comes from the National Health Service, and it doesn’t look good for men across the United Kingdom. Specifically, the NHS says it revealed 164 people who were treated for a fractured penis in the last year. This led to that 38% increase, as stated earlier, since the years of 2014 and 2015.
But who among UK men has it worse? When it comes to ages, it was more common to see men between the ages of 30 and 40 with this particular problem. But, the overall pool was spread out. There were men as young as 18 with fractured penises and even men well into their 70s.
Unfortunately, this is a very real occurrence. And it seems, the occurrence is becoming slightly more frequent. Though, remember that the NHS made this announcement after treating 164 men. That’s 164 compared to all of the men in the UK. Then imagine that compared to all of the men in the world! So while it’s something to be aware of, this isn’t something to panic over yet either.