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Is it possible to 'break' a penis during sex? We asked a doctor.

It’s a question as old as time – can you really break a penis during sex?

Megan Guildford, a 23-year-old woman from the UK, has shared her own, well, absolutely goddamn terrifying penis-breaking story with The Sun.

Guildford said she was having sex with her boyfriend, Adam Francis, when she heard a rip. Yep, a rip.

“Adam suddenly manoeuvred himself behind me and I arched my back – and suddenly heard this awful rip,” she told the publication.

“Shocked, I turned to look at Adam, who had let out a gut-wrenching howl. He’d gone white and jumped out of bed clutching his groin.

“Then we realised there was blood gushing from his penis.

“The place looked like a crime scene. Adam was lying naked on the floor and there was blood everywhere, including on my hands.”

They called the paramedics and Adam has since gone on to make a full recovery (although we’re pretty sure he’ll never cope with the sound of loud ripping noises ever again).

So can you really break a penis during sex and accidentally turn your apartment into a bloody crime scene? The short answer – yes and no.

We spoke to Dr Brad McKay, GP and former host of Embarrassing Bodies Down Under, to erm, bone up on our penis-breakin’ knowledge.

“We normally talk about fracturing a bone, but it is possible to fracture a ‘boner’,” he told Mamamia.

“You can generally fold a flaccid penis into any shape you like – it’s difficult to break – but if a stiff penis is bent hard enough, it’ll snap.”

Yep, snap.

Dr McKay went on to explain that an erect penis becomes firm when the muscles become engorged with blood. Pressure applied in the wrong direction can be strong enough to tear the muscle fibres and cause severe bleeding.

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“It sounds like this unfortunate gentleman [Adam] tore the superficial skin of his swollen member, leading to a significant haemorrhage of blood onto the bathroom floor.

“It’s unusual to bleed all over the apartment, because most people who fracture their penis will leave their skin intact.”

Dr McKay said men usually notice that their penis is fractured when they feel intense pain, hear a popping sound, or see a large bruise develop along the shaft of their penis.

“Fractures usually occur when the penis has little control over its sexual position, especially when their sexual partner is on top and vigorously inserting the penis at an odd angle,” he explained.

If a fracture does occur during sex, Dr McKay said you should take your partner to emergency ASAP so they can be assessed by a Urilogist, as a penis fracture is – in fact – a surgical emergency.

“A fractured penis requires urgent surgery to evacuate the blood clot and repair the muscle fibres. If you don’t see a doctor quickly, you can end up with a ‘boomerang penis’ forever,” he said.

To sum up, Dr McKay says you should always check that your partner’s penis is pointing in the right direction before you, erm, jump up and down on it.

Good to know, good to know.

You can read more about Dr Brad McKay here

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