Internet surfers were recently struck by a strange story that popped up in news outlets across the web: a man’s boner was actually turning to bone. Several sites reported on a rare case of male organ ossification, a male organ health crisis in which soft tissue is gradually changed into bone, usually creating quite a bit of male organ pain along the way. Readers should not panic; as mentioned, this is a rare condition. But it’s a fascinating one, and one that most men will be interested to learn about – and hope it never happens to them. |
Ossification is unusual
Let’s take a step back to some basic anatomy so that everyone understands why male organ ossification is an unusual thing. First thing to clear up is this: Despite a popular name for a tumescence (boner) suggesting otherwise, there aren’t actually any bones in the member. It wouldn’t be able to function in the way that it does if bones were getting in the way. (To be fair, it is suspected that humans did have a little free-floating male organ bone many millions of years ago – but that doesn’t figure into this discussion.)
Because the manhood lacks bones but has a great deal of tissue, it is able to grow and shrink as the occasion demands. Sometimes it grows a lot, sometimes not so much. It also is able to bend this way and that, and it has a certain degree of flexibility – all of which wouldn’t be possible if it were boney.
How does it happen?
According to some sources, there have been only about 40 reported cases of male organ ossification in the medical literature, dating back to around the 1820s. In the case that got so much attention recently, a man in his 60s went to a doctor because he was having some knee pain after suffering from a fall. Naturally, the doctors took an x-ray to see if they could find any breaks or fractures. Imagine their surprise when the x-ray showed a considerable amount of boniness in the man’s member. This had been causing him some male organ pain, but not to the extent that he wished to consult with a doctor. (Men often are hesitant to bring matters involving the manhood to the attention of their doctor; this can lead to male organ health issues that could otherwise be avoided.)
Because male organ ossification is so rare, doctors don’t know what causes it; they just know that for some reason, calcium starts forming deposits in the member shaft. It is more often associated with Peyronie’s disease, a condition in which plaque builds up, causing the member to bend and form an extreme and uncomfortable curvature. Peyronie’s disease is often the result of a trauma to the manhood, and this is also the case for many instances of male organ ossification.
Is there anything that can be done to stop or reverse male organ ossification? Yes, especially if a doctor is consulted early on. Male organ pain may be alleviated by the use of painkillers, while a decision is made on the best way to treat the ossification. In many cases, surgery will be needed to attack the ossification at its heart.
Since male organ ossification is so rare, it is unlikely to be a cause of male organ pain, which is more likely to come from rough handling or overuse. In such cases, regularly applying a top-drawer male organ health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can be effective. Male organ pain is also soothed through re-moisturization of raw skin, so using a crème with both a high-end emollient (such as shea butter) and a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E) is ideal. Manhood skin will also be strengthened through consistent exposure to a powerful antioxidant, so be sure the selected crème contains alpha lipoic acid, which is excellent at fighting oxidative damage.
Visit www.menshealthfirst.com for more information about treating common male organ health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of male organ sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.
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