If you ask men, most of them will probably say they know everything about their penis. But is it so? How much of that knowledge is fact and how much is a myth? Here are six penis-related facts that you need to know.
None. Despite the famous nickname ‘boner’, most people already know that the male genital organ doesn’t have bones. However, many are convinced that the penis is a muscle. But just try moving it when it is erect and you’ll see that this is not true. It is simply an organ made of several different tissues. When you have an erection, blood is rushing into the penis and makes it swell.
So, if the penis is neither muscle nor bone, can it be broken? Definitely yes. Even though it is very rare, when the penis is erected, violent bending or twisting can cause the blood vessels to burst and break the penis. This rupture is known as penile fracture and is usually a result of certain sex positions.
Broken penis symptoms include a cracking or popping sound, strong pain, and swelling. As a matter of fact, a broken penis is not a condition that can go unnoticed.
Even though men like joking that big feet mean a bigger penis, this idea is just a myth. Research conducted by the University College London (UCL) included more than 100 men and after measuring their penises and feet, it concluded there was no connection between shoe size and penis size.
Did you know that erections in babies are perfectly normal? There are even cases when medical ultrasounds have shown fetus’ with erection inside the womb. That’s right, it’s never too early to get an erection.
Erections happen throughout a man’s life, sometimes even in death. A death erection, terminal erection, or angel lust is a post-mortem erection and it is especially common in men who have died suddenly.
Most men are familiar with the phenomenon is known as ‘morning wood’ or ‘dawn horn’, i.e. waking up with an erection. This is not the only erection, but the last one in a series of three to five erections a healthy man has during the night.
Even though the cause of this phenomenon isn’t clear, what is known is that each of these erections lasts for about half an hour. Scientists have also concluded that there is a connection between the REM stage of sleep (also known as rapid eye movement stage, i.e. stage when dreams occur) and nighttime erections.
Most men live in fear of their penis failing them and even though most of them are aware of of what ED is, they have no idea how common it is.
Erectile dysfunction doesn’t affect only elderly people. About 20% of men in their 20s experience erectile dysfunction. The figures are rising proportionally with the years, which means that 50% of men in their 50s will experience erectile dysfunction.
Luckily, there is a number of erectile dysfunction medications that can help, including Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis.