Most men probably think that the ability to sustain an erection for several hours is a cause for celebration. In fact, many would perhaps demand that a statue be ‘erected’ in their honour to mark such a feat of super-virility. However, men everywhere should be careful what they wish for, because an erection that simply won’t quit is more commonly known as a priapism. This can be very painful and occurs when the blood in the penis is trapped and unable to return to the circulation (it isn’t necessarily related to sexual stimulation or desire). The medical name for this condition is derived from a Greek god of fertility called Priapus, who was renowned for his sizeable and constantly engorged erect penis. However, even the Gods won’t be able to help you if you don’t get this condition treated, because failure to do so can lead to scarring and permanent impotence.
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