When considering tumescence problems, the first thought that springs to mind is usually a soft male organ. However, in some cases, the opposite problem may occur. A male organ that remains hard for more than four hours can be a sign of non-ischemic priapism, a condition that requires medical attention.
Tumescence Problems and the Too-Hard
Member: Understanding Priapism
Untold men dream of possessing a male organ which maintains its hardness
for hours (if not days) on end, believing that such would render god-like
status upon a man. In fact, tumescence which lasts for too long a time (as in
the condition known as priapism) can be a detriment to male organ health;
indeed, priapism is generally considered a medical emergency and is not
something to wish for at all. There are basically two forms of priapism, and
the one known as non-ischemic priapism, while still serious, is perhaps
somewhat less alarming than ischemic priapism.
Basically, ischemic priapism occurs as "persistent tumescence characterized
by little or no cavernous blood flow and abnormal cavernous blood gases
(hypoxic, hypercarbic, and acidotic)." What this means to the layman is that
it occurs when blood flows into the male organ to allow it to become hard,
but then cannot escape, causing the persistent and painful tumescence.
Non-ischemic priapism, on the other hand, "is most often secondary to
traumatic rupture of a branch of the cavernous artery and uncontrolled
pooling of blood into the sinusoidal spaces of the corpora cavernosa." In
plain English, the male organ experiences a trauma which ruptures an artery
or vessel. Blood flows into the male organ but isn't trapped there to the same
degree as with ischemic priapism. With non-ischemic priapism, there's a
persistent tumescence, but it's usually not as fully rigid as with the ischemic
version and usually comes with no pain (other than the initial pain which
caused the trauma in the first place).
Sometimes, non-ischemic priapism may not be due to trauma to a vessel or
artery; instead, it may come about because the central nervous system has
undergone an injury. And in some other instances, non-ischemic priapism
may be a result of treating ischemic priapism via a proce