VSL:SCIENCE // A seriously cringe-worthy medical phenomenon

It sounds like an impossible condition: How can you break a penis when the penis has no bones? And yet, according to a recent article in Scientific American, the male member is surprisingly fragile.

When the erect penis is bent to an extreme degree, the tunica albuginea — a membrane inside the penis — can tear, leading to massive swelling and bruising. The condition requires surgery and a several-week break from coitus. And while sexually adventurous men in their twenties are at the highest risk for penile fractures, which usually occur during “missed penetration,” every penis is vulnerable: Many urologists report seeing one or two penile fractures per month.

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