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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

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 but is most reported between 5 and 10 years in children and 20 to 50 years in adults. 

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.