Zippers cause most penis injuries

Warning: reading this story may cause intense wincing. A study published in the journal BJU International has found that between 2002 and 2010, 17,616 people went to emergency rooms for treatment of genital injuries caused by zippers. Only five of the those injured were women, supporting what may seem obvious—that men have a lot more to worry about when it comes to close encounters with zippers. The majority of the cases involved boys under the age of 18, suggesting that as men get older, they learn to avoid such painful experiences.

In fact, of all the ways a penis can be seriously hurt, zippers were the single leading cause of penile injuries requiring an ER visit, followed by bicycle injuries.

How does one escape such a predicament?  According to a urologist, sometimes surgery is required to free a man from his zipper.  However, in most cases, pouring mineral oil over the snag will work – apply generously, wait 20 to 30 minutes and the foreskin will simply slip out of the zipper, according to Dr. Steven M. Selbst from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Other doctors recommend wearing form-fitting underwear to avoid such occurrences, and not to put young boys in zip-up pants until they are capable of handling themselves.

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Sourced from: Live Science, Ouch! Zippers Cause Most Penis Injuries, Study Finds