This question comes from Matt, in Omaha, NE:
“I heard you can break the penis. Is this really true?”
This is actually great question. Now, the penis is not a bone, so technically, you can't break it. However, it is possible to sustain serious penile tissue damage. If the penis should encounter some sort of trauma, such as a bicycle accident, blunt force trauma, or even a wrong move during a particularly aggressive or acrobatic sexual experience, then yes, you can “break” the penis, or rupture the connective tissue surrounding the erectile chambers.
While this tissue will eventually heal (usually with medical intervention), what happens is that scar tissue forms at the site of the trauma. This scar tissue is less elastic than regular penis tissue, so when the penis becomes erect, that scar tissue does not stretch to the same degree as the rest of the skin.
This essentially shortens the side of the penis where the scar occurs, causing it to curve in that direction. The result is a condition known as Peyronie's disease, which can range from a mild curvature to a very severe one; it is painful, and in some situations, it can make sex difficult or even impossible.
To prevent this, of course, you want to always protect the penis as much as you can. Granted, most men don't go around trying to injure themselves, but there are certain things you can do to reduce your risk. First of all, if you're playing any contact sports, always wear an athletic cup. This will give you a little bit more protection should you accidentally be kicked or hit with a piece of athletic equipment.
Also, if YouTube has taught us anything, it's that attempting to perform that latest fad stunt is a surefire way to take a shot to the groin. So please, no riding skateboards down railings, no back-flips on Pogo sticks, and no attempting any other stunts of that nature! Leave those to the real professionals or stuntmen…your penis will thank you for it.