Prolonged Erection (Priapism)

Prolonged Erection (Priapism)

Some men have troubles achieving/maintaining an erection which is why a lot of men turn to Male Ultracore for help, while others can deal with a problem called priapism or prolonged erection. Priapism is a sexual dysfunction which causes persistent and painful erections that last for hours or more even when there’s no sexual stimulation whatsoever. Although this is not a common sexual malfunction, when priapism occurs it usually affects men in their 30s.

Causes of priapism

In healthy men, erection is a result of physical or psychological stimulation. Due to this stimulation, their blood vessels and some muscles relax and expand thus increasing blood flow to the penile area. As a result, the penis becomes erect but stimulation doesn’t last forever, and later penis returns to its flaccid state.

The story is different for men with priapism, and the disorder occurs when any factor associated with an erection (muscles, nerves, blood vessels) change normal blood flow. In turn, erection becomes persistent. The underlying cause that induces this problem is still unknown, but several conditions play a role:

  • Cancers involving penis
  • Injury to penis, pelvis, or perineum (an area between anus and base of the penis)
  • Leukemia
  • Metabolic disorders such as amyloidosis (a condition wherein an abnormal protein, amyloid, accumulates in tissues and organs) and gout
  • Multiple myelomas (cancer of plasma cells)
  • Neurogenic disorders such as syphilis and spinal cord injury
  • Prescription medications
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • The use of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and other illicit drugs

Symptoms of priapism

Symptoms of prolonged erection depend on the type of priapism you have. For example:

  • Ischemic (low-flow) priapism – happens when blood isn’t able to leave the penis, and it is the most common form of the disorder. Symptoms associated with ischemic priapism include progressive penile pain, an erection lasting longer than four hours, soft glans (tip of the penis), but the rigid penile shaft
  • Non-ischemic (high-flow) priapism – happens when blood flow to the penis isn’t regulated adequately. This type of the disorder tends to be painless, and symptoms include an erect but not entirely rigid penile shaft and erections that last longer than four hours