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Is a "Broken Penis" a Legitimate Thing?

Imagine: You've had a few rounds of margs, are feeling frisky, and you and your guy are going at it with an *extra special* vigor. You're on top, feeling like Queen Bey, and quite possibly having the best sex ever when, in your tequila-induced tipsiness, you land just a little off on your guy's penis. Or a lot off (depending on how generous the bartender was feeling that night).

You hear a "pop," your guy goes limp, and he's moaning in pain (definitely not pleasure) while acting out what looks like an epic, action-movie death scene. Suddenly your super sexy romp doesn't feel so sexy anymore. Bad news: There's a chance he has a broken penis. Because, yes, that can happen. (ICYMI, here's the average penis size.)

How? The penis has three cylindrical tubes including the urethra and two larger ones that fill up with blood and cause an erection, according to Shape sexpert Dr. Logan Levkoff. An unfortunate situation causing "awkward traumatic force" can bend or rupture these two larger tubes—hence, breaking the penis. Um, ouch.

A 2015 study found that woman-on-top sex positions are most common for penile injuries, followed by doggy style. (Sadly, these are two of the world's fave positions.) Some good news among all this scary stuff: A small study of 16 penile fractures found that it was more likely to happen while the man was cheating—basically, all the scientific evidence you need that karma exists.

If it happens to your partner, get him to a doc ASAP, says Levkoff. But don't worry so much about preventing a broken penis that you don't enjoy sex. If you're feeling wild and you're on top, just try to remember to be a little careful (or else there won't be any going wild for a while).

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