Yes, A Dude’s Penis Can Break—Here’s Everything You Need To Know About It

You’ve probably heard the urban legend of a man breaking his penis during sex (AKA every guy’s worst nightmare) and you might be wondering if this is a real thing. Scarily enough, it is. And while the chances of your guy breaking his disco stick mid-action are pretty slim, we’re here to give you the low-down on penile fractures just in case.

  1. It’s no laughing matter—this is a serious condition. As horrifyingly crazy as it may seem, your guy can definitely end up with fractured junk and it’s actually a legit medical emergency that could require surgery.
  2. What does it mean to have a broken penis? Firstly, no, this doesn’t just mean that his penis isn’t working the way you want it to. Secondly, it’s not the same kind of breaking that happens when you have a broken arm or leg. Men don’t have a bone in their penis, so what actually occurs is a tear. When a man gets an erection, blood rushes through the tubes in his penis, causing pressure to increase. This makes it rigid and hard to bend. If he accidentally thrusts too hard or hits his penis on your perineum, for instance, this leads to a pressure overload and a resulting rupture.
  3. How do you know it’s broken? Don’t worry, your guy will definitely know. Aside from the painful scream he’s likely to let out and the complete ceasing of the sex you’re having, you’ll hear a popping or cracking sound—that’s the tissue tearing. Ouch indeed. Your guy will also likely lose his erection straight away. Think of it like sticking a pin in a balloon. Then comes the swelling, the horrific bruising, and the pain. Lots and lots of pain.
  4. Certain sex positions make a coitus calamity more likely. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but the riskiest position for your guy’s woody is woman-on-top. While doggy-style and man-on-top positions also made the cut as leading causes of injury, a 2014 study published in the journal Advances in Urology found that when a woman is on top while having sex, there’s the biggest chance for a penile fracture.
  5. Sometimes karma comes into play. Funnily enough (obviously not for him), a study showed that half of the penile fractures they looked into happened when a man was having an affair. Call it karma or call it the fact that cheating sex sometimes happens in odd places or in rushed secrecy, but apparently if your guy is being unfaithful, there could be a greater chance of him snapping his penis.
  6. If a break happens, it needs to be dealt with ASAP. In the unfortunate event that you have to deal with with a broken penis, the accident will need urgent medical attention as soon as possible. This isn’t just an ice pack and Tylenol kind of a situation—your guy will need to see a urologist within 24 hours of the break.
  7. Don’t worry, it’s fixable. If he seeks medical attention right away and gets timely treatment, his penis should be good as new within as little as six weeks. Usually a doctor will do an MRI or ultrasound to assess the damage, and if it’s a fracture, they’ll do an immediate operation to close up the defects. Although you’ll have to take a break from sex for a while, the recovery from the operation or treatment the doctor suggests will eventually get him back in the saddle.
  8. In some cases, it could cause permanent damage. If left untreated, your guy’s poor broken penis could leave him with a whole bundle of problems in the future. If medical attention isn’t received, the fracture could result in deformity issues and could also lead to him facing a life of erectile dysfunction. No one wants that, do they?
  9. The important thing is not to freak out. Although this might all seem pretty intense and scary, don’t let the fear of breaking your guy’s penis put you off sex forever. That would be silly. In reality, penile fractures are relatively uncommon, so there’s no need to brace yourself for a pop when you start getting hot and heavy.
  10. Still, it pays to play it safe. Just make sure your guy is fully erect before he penetrates you as this will reduce the risk of his junk torquing or twisting at a weird angle. Most importantly, just use some common sense… and lube (always a good idea).