Fractured or Broken Penis and Peyronie’s Disease

Penile fracture can cause Peyronies

The most common explanation of Peyronie’s disease is that it is an excessive healing response to penile trauma. Sometimes this injury is so mild as to go undetected and other times it is so severe as to be called a broken penis or a penile fracture.
A fractured penis, also called broken penis syndrome, is a severe and painful form of bending injury. A broken penis happens to the erect penis typically during intercourse in which a membrane of the penis called the tunica albuginea becomes ruptured or torn. The tear is most usually crosswise, not along the length of the penis.  When a penile fracture happens, there is often a popping or cracking sound that can even be heard by the sexual partner, and immediate flaccidity. Because of the severe pain in the penis, bruising, swelling and loss of erection, this is considered a medical emergency that usually requires surgical repair.
In severe cases of a fractured penis the urethra (the urinary tube within the penis that drains urine from the bladder) can be also damaged. In this case, blood may exit the urinary opening of the penis.
The tunica albuginea is a tough thin fibrous tissue layer that surrounds the corpora cavernosa, which are specialized tube-shaped spongy tissue structures at the core of the penis. These corpora cavernosa fill with trapped blood during an erection by pressing against the tunica albuginea.  If the tunica albuginea tears or ruptures as a result of injury the blood that is normally confined within the tunica albuginea can leak out into other tissues, causing bruising and swelling, and eventually a mass called a Peyronie’s plaque or scar.
Young men in their 20s and 30s are a higher risk because they are more inclined to engage in vigorous or acrobatic sexual activity that result in injury and a broken penis.   Men in their 50s and 60s are less inclined not only because of reduced frequency and vigor of sexual activity, but because their erections tend to be less rigid. Approximately 1,000 cases of broken penises are reported each year in the U.S.
All men have had the experience of missing the point of penetration at the opening of the vagina during intercourse.   And all couples who use the woman-on-top intercourse position have experienced times when the woman will thrust back and lift off the penis only to come back down again, forcefully pushing and bending the penis against her pelvic bone , groin or vulva region.

Broken Penis: Avoid aggravation of Peyronies disease

Especially for a man who already has a penile problem, it is most wise to avoid additional injury of another fractured penis so that the Peyronie’s sex problem is not made worse.   It is not necessary to stop sexual activity if you have Peyronie’s disease, only that you become more careful and conservative about a few aspects of your sexual repertoire. Peyronie’s Disease Institute suggests the following safety steps to avoid reinjury and possible worsening of an existing case of Peyronies:
1.      In a sexually active couple, it is the man who should not allow himself to be so filled with sexual excitement and enthusiastic abandon that the throws caution to the wind.   He must remain the calm and sensible one who monitors and evaluates the degree of thrusting and selection of sex positions to avoid those that put him at a mechanical risk for additional injury.
2.      He should be the one who does primary thrusting in intercourse so as to assure that no additional injury comes to his penis.
3.      Use of additional sexual lubrication at all times of sexual intercourse. Even if his sexual partner has no trouble with producing normal lubrication, he should also apply additional sexual lubrication to avoid dryness during intercourse.   When dry, it is more likely that additional injury can occur during thrusting.
After the acute phase of the broken penis has healed it is good to begin a treatment plan using Alternative Medicine measures that promote full healing of the injury. To learn more about increasing the ability of the body to heal and repair a fractured penis go to Start Peyronie’s Treatment.  

2 thoughts on “Fractured or Broken Penis and Peyronie’s Disease

  1. Richard says:

    I was having a”turp”,after 2 months of having a catheter.I had had a diverticulem,which was “forgotten”or so it seemed.
    I thought they knew what they were doing.As a result of that operation I have a “penile fracture”.I must have gone in[anesthetized]with an erection and the impatient “doctors”must have “tapped” it.They did not alert me to the fact,I noticed something wrong the next day.I told my GP 2 weeks later and he diagnosed a penile fracture,2 weeks later.I am furious!

  2. Dr.Herazy says:

    Greetings Richard,

    Several times a week I read a story of someone going in for a TURP or some other procedure and walking out with an injury that leads to Peyronie’s disease due to a sloppy or overly aggressive catheterization. It seems like when a patient is under surgical anesthesia these surgeons think they can do anything and get away with anything they want. It would be smart if you documented with good evidence how your current penile fracture started because it is certainly possible that it could develop later into Peyronie’s disease; so many of them do. TRH

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