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What is priapism?

What is priapism?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Priapism is considered to be a medical emergency. If you experience a painful erection that lasts longer than four hours you should seek medical help immediately. " - Dr Louisa Draper

Dr Louisa Draper

"Priapism is considered to be a medical emergency. If you experience a painful erection that lasts longer than four hours you should seek medical help immediately. "

Dr Louisa Draper

Priapism is a painful and persistent erection that can last for several hours. Unlike a normal erection, it is often not related to being sexually aroused and it doesn’t subside after ejaculating. A priapic penis can feel tender and painful and the feeling isn’t pleasurable. It can occur at any age and is more common in people with certain underlying medical conditions. 

Priapism is considered to be a medical emergency and if left untreated the penis can be permanently damaged and you may experience erection problems in the future. If you experience a painful erection that lasts longer than four hours you should seek medical help immediately. 

Last reviewed: 19.12.19 by Dr Clair Grainger