Ouch…penis got stuck in a zipper

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ZipperMaybe men want to return to the button fly when they read this article: a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) shows that trouser zippers are the most common cause of penile injuries among men in the United States. In fact, according to the researchers’ data, each year about 900 men over the age of 18 seek care in U.S. emergency rooms because their penis has been caught in a zipper.

To come up with these figures, the researchers used emergency-room data from 100 representative hospitals. Between 2002 and 2010, 17,616 people went to the emergency room with zip-related genital injuries. And as the University of California, San Francisco team put it, "The penis was almost always the only genital organ involved." In one year those 100 hospitals treated 2,695 cases of penile injury, of which 523 (21.6 percent) involved zippers. According to these findings, zippers are the leading cause of penile injuries among men who show up at hospital emergency rooms. That’s not true of children, who are slightly more likely to have their penis crushed and bruised by a falling toilet seat than injured by a zipper.

No harm done
The study also found that 98 percent of all boys and men who go to the ER with a zipper-related penile injury do not need to be admitted to the hospital. Most are treated by separating the zipper from the penis, and sent home. Two patients, of the 523 actual cases in this study, have to undergo an operation to remove the zipper. Only 11 cases involved infections.

How to detach a dick from a zipper

  • Most often, it's the loose skin from the underside of the penis that is caught in between the teeth of the zipper. Reversal of the zipper may be the quickest means of separating oneself from the teeth. Do it quick, that will minimize the pain. Treat the resultant injury or bruising  with an icepack, and the pain with over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • If a good deal of skin has been caught in the zipper, or there is bleeding or other obvious injury to the area, find some one to take you to a doctor to help.

Did your penis ever got stuck in a zipper? And what did you do to 'free' yourself?

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