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The Female Four-Hour Erection

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The four-hour erection is no unpublicized affliction; everyone has heard the ominous voice-over in those ubiquitous Cyalis / Viagra / [insert alternate and/or generic E.D. pill here] ads intone darkly about the pitfalls of a prolonged penile protrusion. But TangoMag has taken it upon themselves to highlight an entirely under-recognized medical malady: the four-hour female erection. Because they can, and do happen!

To begin: TangoMag happened upon MSNBC's The Body Odd's in-depth and up-close look at the all-around no-fun affair that is the four-hour erection. (Holy Hyphens, Batman!)

TangoMag, though, asked an interesting question: Is there a flip-side to priapism?* Apparently, yes! Because as it turns out, women can and do get clitoral erections, and a "quick Google search for clitorism shows the term is out there, but not much has been published about it."

So, how does a female get this mysterious malady? Does anyone know? Nobody on Tango has stepped up to the Clitorism Confessional - so, we have to ask, have you ever had it?

* Huffington Post's Style Page would like to note that this by no means belittles the undoubtedly torturous condition that is the male four-hour erection. "'A prolonged erection is usually painful,'" accordingly notes The Body Odd's helpful medical expert Dr. Ira Sharlip, clinical professor of urology at the University of California at San Francisco and spokesperson for the American Urological Association. (Phew! He sounds qualified.) And scarier still is the provenance of priapism - the medical term for what laymen like to call the four-hour (or more!) hard-on.

Men everywhere can thank Priapus (the Greek God after which priapism is named) because this "Greek god of fertility...sported an oversized, eternally-erect penis (so large, in fact, he used it to frighten away anyone who tried to plunder his gardens)." Yikes!

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Too much of a good thing: The 4-hour erection [The Body Odd]

The Four-Hour Erection [TangoMag.com]