Full potency and erection in men is an indicator of the health of the whole organism as a whole. Without an erection, a man cannot complete a full sexual intercourse. But what to do if a constant erection is observed? Is this normal or not? This state of constant erection, prolonged arousal in medicine is called priapism. Since priapism is a male disease, a constant erection refers to pathologies. What to do, and how to deal with it?
Priapism: what is it?
Priapism is a condition of constant erection, which lasts more than 4 hours. In this case, a constant erection occurs unexpectedly and suddenly. For priapism, the appearance of pain during arousal is considered characteristic. In addition to pain, this disease is accompanied by other symptoms. So, the head of the penis becomes soft, and bends to the stomach. The softness of the head is explained by the fact that only the cavernous bodies of the penis are filled with blood. The pressure in the hollow penis becomes much higher, which leads to its bending to the stomach.
It is very important for a man to timely fix the onset of priapism. After all, if an erection lasts more than 8 hours, irreversible processes begin to occur in the body, which can lead to serious consequences. Priapism requires direct medical attention. Priapism always appears in addition to the desire of the youngest person. Only such an erection is a pathology.
To understand what priapism is, you need to get acquainted with the mechanism of the occurrence of a normal full-fledged erection in men. An erection appears as a result of local stimulation of the genital organ, or during stimulation of the central nervous system. In the case of local stimulation of excitation, impulses to the penis come from the centers of the spinal cord. The reflex mechanism comes into play, which brings the penis into an erect state. A normal erection goes through the following stages:
- Increased blood flow to the penis,
- Blood filling of the cavernous bodies
- Filling with blood of the cavernous body of the penis,
- Blood filling the spongy body,
- The venous outflow of this arterial blood is blocked.
Only filling all the bodies of the penis allows you to complete a full sexual intercourse. This erection is normal. With a pathological constant erection, only cavernous bodies are filled with blood, and the spongy body passes this process. Prolonged blood retention in the penis loses oxygen, is saturated with carbon dioxide. Due to this, it becomes more viscous, slows down and the outflow of blood through the veins is completely disrupted. A constant erection for several days causes fibrosis of the cavernous bodies of the penis, which leads to complete impotence. Distinguish ischemic and non-ischemic priapism. Ischemic priapism is characterized by a very weak blood supply. The second option is characterized by good blood flow.
The main causes of permanent erection
To date, the causes of priapism are not yet fully understood. The most common ischemic priapism. The causes of this pathology may be taking anticoagulant drugs, cell anemia, spinal and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, malignant inflammatory processes of the genitourinary system. With non-ischemic priapism, immediate injuries of the penis and perineum are observed.
Also, one can note some other reasons that can provoke a constant erection. Priapism can be psychogenic. In this case, the pathology occurs due to mental illness: epilepsy, neurosis. Somatic reason is also noted as a factor in the appearance of priapism. So, those men who suffer from blood diseases, allergies, and oncological diseases are at risk.
Often a constant erection provokes intoxication of the body with alcohol or narcotic substances. There are ideopathic reasons that are poorly understood today. But they are considered the main culprits of priapism in men. In this case, the main role is given to vascular problems, vascular imbalance. So, poor patency of the vessels of the cavernous years of the penis causes stagnation. A constant erection for three days leads to tissue necrosis. In the future, achieving an erection becomes impossible even when taking stimulant drugs. This condition can be attributed to ischemic priapism.
So, the following factors should be attributed to the main reasons for a constant erection:
- Blood diseases
- Penis injury
- Frequent injections in the area of the cavernous bodies,
- Toxic effects of alcohol, drugs, other poisons,
- Blood clots in the vessels and veins of the pelvis,
- Disorders of the central nervous system,
- Metabolic disturbance,
- Sudden interruption of sexual intercourse,
- The abrupt cessation of sexual activity in general,
- spinal cord disorders.
True priapism develops suddenly, often at night. In this case, an erection does not interfere with the process of urination. But the man experiences severe pain at the very root of the penis, in the perineum. As a rule, pain occurs several hours after the erection itself. Everyone knows that nocturnal erection is the norm. But, such a normal nightly erection lasts up to 50-60 minutes in a dream. Priapism persists for much longer. And even sexual intercourse does not bring relief, since ejaculation does not occur with a pathological constant erection.
Before starting treatment, it is worthwhile to conduct a qualified diagnosis of the disease. To confirm the diagnosis, doctors often inject a contrast agent into the penis, after which an x-ray is taken. Leakage of contrast medium beyond the borders of blood vessels shows ischemic priapism. If the contrast freely goes beyond the necessary boundaries, then priapism is non-ischemic in nature.
Blood can also be taken from the erect penis for laboratory diagnosis. This determines the concentration of oxygen, reveals a deficiency of oxygen in the tissues. Without fail, a man must undergo a diagnosis of other diseases that can cause a permanent erection. This is the only way to get the most correct full-fledged treatment.
The treatment of priapism should not be postponed for a day. Therapy should be timely, and as soon as possible. First of all, the specialist eliminates the already existing painful erection. Within the hospital, the patient is punctured by cavernous bodies, anesthetize the penis, pump out excess blood from the organ. Further, drugs for lowering blood pressure are prescribed to the young man without fail. But, such drugs are allowed only if the man does not suffer from hypotension.
In the event that these manipulations do not lead to positive results, doctors decide on surgical intervention. After the operation, temporary impotence may occur, which is restored independently after several months. Taking drugs for potency in this case is strictly prohibited. After all, it is they who can provoke repeated priapism. So, there are a number of medications that can cause a permanent erection:
- Viagra, Levitra, Cialis,
- Depression suppressants
- Penile Injection
- Anxiety medications
- Psychotropic substances.
The content of the article
- What to do if the penis is constantly standing
- Why does an erection suddenly disappear
- Who are the drops and why you should not become them
The condition in which the penis is called an erection. Permanent erection is usually characteristic of adolescents. At puberty, young people experience increased sexuality, otherwise called hypersexuality. There is an increased blood flow to the genitals. Meanwhile, not only adolescents can be affected by this condition. In adult men, a persistent erection can also occur.
Why is there a constant erection?
The most common causes of the appearance of a constant erection are inflammatory processes, genital injuries, the use of certain drugs, the abuse of alcohol and other psychoactive substances (e.g. cocaine), as well as sexually transmitted diseases, blood diseases (sickle cell anemia, leukemia, and others).
In addition to physiological, there is also a pathological erection. This is a condition where the penis is held upright for more than 3 days in a row. In medicine, this pathology is called priapism. It is very simple to distinguish a physiological erection from a pathological erection: in the case of priapism, the glans penis remains soft. If a man has a vertical position of the penis associated with arousal, the head of the penis is hard.
If a man has priapism, urgent medical advice is needed. Based on the results of the examination, treatment is prescribed, which can be either conservative or surgical.
What is the danger of a constant erection?
A constant erection is fraught with complications. Delaying a visit to a urologist is dangerous, because due to a constant erection, the penis is "excluded" from the circulatory system, as it were - the blood stagnates in it, oxygen starvation begins. The longer the tissues of the penis lack oxygen, the stronger the degenerative changes in the cells. If an attack of priapism lasts more than three days, irreversible damage occurs in the tissues of the penis, which leads not only to the loss of erectile function, but also to necrosis (necrosis). In this case, the penis becomes cyanotic, and the head turns black. In this case, the penis must be amputated.
How to remove a permanent erection
The most common way to remove a physiological erection is through masturbation. There are a great many ways of masturbation, everyone chooses the one that suits him exactly. If a man has a girlfriend, she, too, can help him "discharge". The method of satisfaction should be pleasant to both partners, and not cause painful and other unpleasant sensations.
There is another way. It is more “shocking” for the body. The essence of the method is to expose the genital to the action of the cold. For example, you can put it in cold water. In addition, you can insert an ice cube into the rectum. This method is effective if a prolonged erection has arisen while taking medications.
With priapism, the doctor first tries to solve the problem using non-surgical methods. So, hirudotherapy sessions and traditional medicine (for example, tincture of hops), a special diet that excludes spices and seasonings can be prescribed. In the event that such treatment has not yielded results, the doctor may administer intracavernosally (i.e., directly into the penis) a weak solution of metaraminol. In this case, for a faster action of the drug, the member will have to be intensively massaged. If no effect is observed, the doctor may re-administer the drug or perform venous bypass surgery.