Aggressive masturbation is also a way that a man can cause a fracture.
Certain cultural beliefs can also cause injury to the penis. In particular, taqaandan, also known as “penile cracking,” is a practice done in some countries to hide an erection or to achieve rapid penile detumescence.
The symptoms of a penile fracture include:
- Pain in the penis
- A sharp, popping sound
- Loss of erection
- Swelling of the penis
- Discoloration or bruising
Penile fracture treatments: What options are available?
When it comes to penile fracture treatments, it is important to note that these injuries cannot be treated at home. This is because a penile fracture is a medical emergency. It is necessary to seek medical treatment as soon as possible in order to treat the injury properly. Penile fractures are associated with concomitant urethral injury (the passageway of urine). Medical evaluation is necessary as one in five (20%) of penile fractures have this associated injury.
The most common penile fracture treatment is surgery. Surgical repair of the penis is rarely associated with penile scarring and erectile dysfunction. During the operation, blood clots are removed and any tear in the protective covering is repaired..
After the surgery, a catheter will be placed in the urethra to help with urination. This also makes it easier for the penis to heal. The patient can usually go home after one to two days. Patients are asked to refrain from any sexual activity for about a month so that the penis can heal completely.