Fact or Fiction: Can He Really Break His Penis?

Last week, the character Mark Sloan (AKA McSteamy) on Grey's Anatomy, suffered from a broken penis after a rough sex romp in the on-call room with Lexie Grey.


But could a man really break his penis in real life?



It's called penile fracture. According to ABCNews, "broken penis" usually happens after  adventurous sex. Either when the woman is on top, or when she is sitting on a desk, and the man facing her accidentally pushes his penis into that desk, reports Dr. Darius Paduch, a urologist at NYC's Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

He'll know it happens after he hears a popping sound, experiences an immediate loss of erection, and his penis becomes swollen. When the erect, blood-filled penis is overbent, or when there is too much pressure, the fiber sheath breaks.

The injury is very painful, and requires a visit to the emergency room to avoid long-term erectile dysfunction, chronic pain and deformation. Minor surgery is required, and recovery time is about 6 weeks.


Luckily, the injury is rare. You're far more likely to break a sweat during wild sex than to break his penis.

Check out the group Grey's Anatomy Fans for more discussion on McSteamy, McDreamy and broken penises.

What do you think? Have you sustained any minor injuries from adventures in the bedroom?

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