- Take the Impotence (ED) Quiz
- Having Erection Problems?
- Unzip Your Sex Life
- Find a local Urologist in your town
- What disorders affect the penis?
- What is priapism?
- What causes priapism?
- How is priapism treated?
- What is Peyronie's disease?
- What causes Peyronie's disease?
- How is Peyronie's disease treated?
- What is balanitis?
- What causes balanitis?
- How is balanitis treated?
- What is phimosis?
- What causes phimosis?
- How is phimosis treated?
- What is paraphimosis?
- What causes paraphimosis?
- How is paraphimosis treated?
- What is penile cancer?
- What causes penile cancer?
- What are the symptoms of penile cancer?
- What treatments are given for penile cancer?
There are two primary disorders that affect the male reproductive external organs. These include penis disorders and testicular disorders. Disorders of the penis and testes can affect a man's sexual functioning and fertility.
What disorders affect the penis?
What is priapism?
Priapism is a persistent, often painful erection lasting more than 4 hours in duration. The priapism erection is not associated with sexual activity and is not relieved by orgasm. It occurs when blood flows into the penis but is not adequately drained.
What causes priapism?
Common causes of priapism include:
- Alcohol or drug abuse (especially cocaine)
- Certain medications, including some antidepressants and blood pressure medications
- Spinal cord problems
- Injury to the genitals
- Penile injection therapy (a treatment for erectile dysfunction)
- Blood diseases, including leukemia and sickle cell anemia