Penis Captivus – Reality or Hoax?

Penis Captivus

Penis Captivus

If you surf the internet or browse the tabloid magazines, you have undoubtedly encountered a variety of stories about bizarre medical conditions. A pregnant man. A woman who gives birth to rabbits. A man with two penises. The majority of these stories are nothing but hoaxes. But occasionally, these bizarre stories can actually be factual.

There are scattered reports about penis captivus, a condition where a man’s penis becomes “stuck” in a woman’s vagina during sexual intercourse. Can such an alarming situation actually happen? Most researchers believe that penis captivus is NOT a myth, although the condition is extremely rare.

Why does penis captivus occur? During sexual intercourse, the penis fills with blood and can become extremely engorged. In addition, the muscles of the vagina contract rhythmically during orgasm. When the man’s engorgement is excessive and the woman’s vaginal contractions are so strong that the vagina actually closes, the penis can become temporarily trapped.

In most cases, the condition is very short-lived – occurring just for a few seconds. After orgasm, the woman’s vaginal muscles relax and the blood flows out of the man’s penis so that he can easily withdraw. However, there are a few cases reported in credible medical journals that are much more severe.

In a 1979 article in British Medical Journal, Dr. F Kraupl Taylor reviewed the literature on penis captivus and concluded that there is “no doubt about the reality of this unusual symptom”. In one paper, a German gynecologist described a couple who found themselves stuck and in intense pain when they attempted to separate. According to the couple, they were bathed in perspiration and their “imprisonment seemed endless”. Another report described a couple who were unable to separate until the woman had been given chloroform.

Another physician, Dr. Brendan Musgrave, published a follow-up report in British Medical Journal in 1980. Dr. Musgrave detailed a personal experience during which a honeymoon couple was brought to Royal Isle of Wight County Hospital in England. The couple was stuck together and could not be separated until the woman was administered an anesthetic.

Penis Captivus

Penis Captivus

A more recent incident was reported on the website Medical Daily in 2014. According to the website, an Italian couple was having underwater intercourse at an isolated beach in Porto San Giorgo, Italy when the couple’s genitals became stuck together. In this case, the condition was probably aggravated by the suction increase caused by the water. A doctor was called to the scene but was unable to extricate the man’s penis. The couple was taken to the emergency room of a local hospital, where the woman was given “an injection commonly used to dilate the uterus of pregnant women”. After this, the couple was able to separate with no lasting effects.

Probably the most severe incident of penis captivus was reported in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. In this case, the couple’s genitals were stuck together for seven hours! Eventually, the man’s father came to their rescue and separated the couple by performing a ritual that involved burning herbs and inhaling the smoke.

Although some cases of penis captivus sound quite terrifying, the good news is that the condition is extremely rare and likely to resolve very quickly. Should you ever find yourself in this situation, the best advice is to simply relax and think about something non-erotic.


1) Penis Captivus: Did it Occur?
Source: British Medical Journal

2) Penis captivus has occurred
Source: British Medical Journal

3) When the Vagina Holds the Penis Captivus: Is the Sexual Affliction as Bad as it Sounds?
Source: Medical Daily

4) Couple Having Underwater Sex Hospitalized After Getting Stuck Together: Is Penis Captivus to Blame?
Source: Medical Daily

7 Deadly Relationship Sins And How to Avoid Them

RelationshipA relationship with another person, no matter how long you’ve been together, is something that requires a certain amount of maintenance in order to grow and deepen. Yet, there are a lot of common relationship mistakes many people make that can have the exact opposite effect by undermining the special connection the two of you once enjoyed. Here’s a look at some of the most frequent missteps men and women make when they’re in relationships, along with some advice for how to avoid these pitfalls and find your happily ever after.

1. Having Unrealistic Expectations

Building up your relationship into something it’s not-or projecting perfection onto your very human and therefore decidedly imperfect partner-can have a strong negative impact on your relationship as a whole.

• Advice: Remember that no one is perfect, and try to follow the Golden Rule as much as possible: forgive your partner as much as you would like your partner to accept your own quirks and failings.

2. Letting Little Things Get Big

No matter how great your partner is, there are bound to be a few little idiosyncrasies that make you crazy. Letting all those little things build up to the point where you’re arguing about something wholly ridiculous isn’t doing either person in a relationship any favors.

• Advice: As the popular Disney movie song goes, “Let It Go.” Nitpicking at each other won’t make for a happy household. Remember, you can only change yourself.

3. Obsessing

Whether you want to control everything your partner does, you’re suspicious about whether your partner really loves you or you’re freaking out over one unanswered call or text, obsessing over your relationship is definitely not a good thing.

• Advice: Don’t make your relationship your entire world. Spend plenty of time apart so that both partners get lots of healthy breathing room.

4. Losing Respect

Aretha Franklin had the right idea when she soulfully sang about the need for R-E-S-P-E-C-T in a relationship. If you feel a little condescension coming on, it’s time to make an appointment for an attitude adjustment.

• Advice: Don’t complain behind your partner’s back or gossip about private secrets with others. Remember that everyone has the right to his or her feelings, even if you may not agree with your partner’s perspective.

5. Taking Each Other for Granted

In the early days of a relationship, remember how overwhelmed by gratitude you felt, even if it was just for the fact that your partner existed at all? Over time, it’s easy to forget all the unique qualities that drew you to your special someone in the first place, and that can drive a serious wedge into even the most committed relationship.

• Advice: Don’t skimp on the romance. Set aside a regular date night, and express appreciation of your partner thoroughly and often, whether through your thoughtful actions or simply saying “Thank you.”

6. Going to Bed Angry

The old adage says to never let the sun go down on your anger, and this is great advice for anyone in a relationship. The end of the day should be a time for reconnection, not resentment.

• Advice: Don’t start discussing sensitive issues at bedtime. If a sticky conversation unavoidable, it’s better to reach some type of resolution before bed than try to sleep while you’re still steaming.

7. Thinking the Grass Is Greener

Infidelity is one of the major reasons that many long-term relationships end up on the rocks. Yet, it’s important to remember that the excitement and thrill that may be felt with a new partner is just as possible within your existing relationship when you’re willing to put in the time and effort.

• Advice: Rekindle your romance by remembering all the things that attracted you to your partner in your early days together. Remember, different isn’t necessarily better; it’s just new.

How to improve your relationship

Relationships can get into trouble for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common is difficulties in the sexual part when you may have difficult in getting or maintaining an erection. It’s best to start with the good news that, if your relationship is strong, you will survive this trial without difficulty. But if your relationship is already in some difficulty, you will need to act positively to keep the relationship alive.

So, to start off this advice, think about the following questions.

  • Do you still love each other?
  • Do you still enjoy your life together? (not the same question)
  • What do you both want out of the relationship?
  • Are you prepared to spend time and energy to make your relationship work again?

In other words, this advice is only relevant if you have the will to save the relationship. Where should you start?

Stop looking to blame each other

One of the first symptoms of a failing relationships is the habit of looking for fault in the other when things go wrong. Arguing is not helping. Both of you should be prepared to take responsibility for what happens in the relationship and look for the best way forward. That means you should make time to work on your relationship. Talking honestly and constructively is the first step.

Even this may be a struggle if you both have jobs which take up a lot of your time and the children, if any, are demanding. But if you are agreed the relationship is worth saving, you will make sacrifices and find time to talk. This is not a guarantee of success, but it’s the only way of saving the relationship.

Change the way you talk to each other

If you take each other for granted and are not talking with, but to or at, each other, this will just lead to more bad feelings. The second step is showing each other a little respect and making the effort to show appreciation for what the other is doing around the home. If your attitude comes over as selfish or aggressive, the last of the romance will disappear from the relationship.

Make an effort for each other

When you first began to date, you probable made an effort with your appearance and were on your “best behavior”. Making an effort now there are difficulties shows a willingness to recapture the initial spark that brought you together.

Go out for an evening

Some shared activity with just the two of you at least one evening a week will help you reconnect. This can be a challenge if you have children but, if it helps save the relationship, it’s worth the effort. Alternatively, socialize as a couple. Get together with friends, have a laugh, and remind yourself how much fun you had when you were younger.

Is there something you can do together?

Do you have a sport or hobby you can develop together, say by joining a club or going for tuition, e.g. learning how to cook to reduce friction in the kitchen?

If all else fails and you are determined to save the relationship, call in the professionals for a little therapy. And what about the sex? Well that’s never going to be much of a success if you fail to spend time making the rest of the relationship work.