Breaking hearts is one thing, but breaking penises? Well, that’s a whole other level of things you should try and avoid doing in life. Having said that, though, complaints or torn, ripped and broken banjo strings (or frenulums, as they’re medically referred to), seem to be remarkably common among men of all ages.
At 29, I can recall at least a half a dozen stories from friends of drunken hookups gone wrong, screams of pain being omitted whilst in the throes of passion and more blood than a murder scene seemingly appearing out of nowhere, off the top of my head.
But when I mentioned this – along with the words ‘banjo string’ to my co-workers recently, I was met with many confused stares. So in the interest of information sharing and keeping up appearances with a pain-free peen, here’s everything you need to know about the banjo string.
First things first, what is the banjo string?
If you’re a woman, understanding what the banjo string (frenulum breve) is can be a little confusing, but basically, it’s a small fold of connective tissue that keeps the foreskin and the penis connected and helps the foreskin to retract when needed, and return over the head once an erection subsides.
Women actually have two frenulums themselves – one that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth and one that connects your top lip to your top gum. So if you’re confused, know that it’s just like those, but downstairs.
Do all men have a banjo string?
In theory, men who are circumcised shouldn't have a banjo string because they don't have a foreskin, but that's rarely the case. Often, a partial banjo string will remain but it will be far less sensitive than those uncircumcised and can't exactly tear, because, well there's nothing for it to tear away from anymore.
So, how does one tear, snap and/or break it?
From all of the men and women I spoke to, alcohol seems to be the biggest culprit for banjo string injuries, in that people really let their guard down and get a little more vigorous after a few drinks. And while letting your inhibitions go is great, you do need to be careful when you're yanking the chain of another. Or giving head. Or going for a ride.