Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Did you know that an erection can occur before someone dies? Check out other surprising facts about erections.
An erection occurs when a man is sexually aroused. The blood vessels relax and open allowing blood to fill the tissues in the penis. This trapped blood supply causes the penis to harden and an erection is created.
Is that all? It turns out that there are many surprising facts about erections that you may not have been aware of. Here are some of them.
1. It can happen 3-5 times per night
Erections don’t just happen during sex. Apparently men can get erections 3-5 times per night. As reported by Healthline, nighttime erections occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase. There are no known triggers for nighttime erections but experts confirm that this is normal.
2. The fetus can get an erection
Both male and female fetuses can have an erection. Rena Malik, urologist and sexual health educator, the exact cause of fetal erection is not fully understood.
However, it is believed to be related to the development of the nervous system. Not only in baby boys, erections can also be experienced by baby girls.
“Research shows that female fetuses can also develop clitoral erections in the womb, and in some cases they have captured male fetuses on ultrasound performing activities that mimic masturbation,” Malik explained.
3. Can orgasm without an erection
Can a man have an orgasm without an erection? Malik said it is still possible to have an orgasm.
“So if you suffer from erectile dysfunction, you can still have an orgasm,” he says.
4. ‘Death erection’
The phenomenon of ‘death erection’ is fairly rare. A person can experience an erection shortly before death. However, with a note, the cause of death was strangulation or hanging. Erection will occur due to accumulation of blood in the pelvic area.
5. Still young can also get erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction can be experienced by those who are still young. This disease is associated with increasing age. But a study proves otherwise.
A 2021 study found that around 11 percent of sexually active men (18-31 years) reported experiencing mild erectile dysfunction. While as many as 3 percent reported experiencing moderate to severe intensity.
6. Early morning erections
In addition to night erections, men can also experience morning erections. How come?
As reported by the University of Newcastle website, most likely a morning erection is a sensation of a full bladder. This full bladder then stimulates the nerves to the spine and results in an erection. When the bladder is emptied, the erection goes away.