Man Fractures Penis After Taking Sex Pill, Lawsuit Claims

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According to its website, VirilisPro is a supplement to improve sexual performance that "works to give you a harder erection for natural male enlargement and a more intense orgasm. It also helps lower your recovery time and increase sexual stamina for total sexual enhancement."

Its online advertising says that the product is "made with only natural ingredients to prevent harmful side effects." Its ingredients are listed as a 450 mg "proprietary blend" of epimedium, tribulus terrestris, panax ginseng, rhodiola rosea, lycium chinese and yohimbe extract.

Male consumers are instructed to take it 30 minutes before intercourse and only use one pill in a 36-hour period. The ad warns the user to "always check with a healthcare professional" first.

The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate dietary supplements in the same ways they do food and drugs. The dietary ingredient manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that it is safe before marketing it. The FDA can take action against any unsafe supplement, according to their guidelines.

Alleging that supplements caused penile fracture is "the most absurd thing I have heard of in my life," according to Dr. Jeff Carney, chief of urology at Grady Memorial Hospital and a trauma specialist.

Some of Carter's symptoms as described in the court papers ring true -- pain and swelling, according to Carney, but other details are "overly dramatic," he said.

Degloving would never have been done in an emergency room, but by a skilled surgeon, he said. If the urinary channel is also affected by the fracture, the injury can be bloody, but "blood squirting out helter skelter" is not possible, "I can guarantee you," he said.

"When a man breaks his penis it can be very scary," said Carney. "I believe he took this story and spiced it up."

Carney said that he has heard "everything under the sun" when men arrive in the emergency room with a fractured penis. "The most common one told is they walked into an ironing board."

"I suppose it's possible you could get up in the middle of the night with a hard erection and a walk into a wall and break your penis," he said.

Urologist Ritenour agreed.

"You never know if you are getting the real story," he said. "People are embarrassed. The real point of this story is that this is a medical emergency and you really need to come and be seen so it can be handled surgically and fixed."

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