Could I be pregnant? A prolonged erection can damage the penis and could cause permanent problems in getting an erection. The penis is a kind of sponge that fills with blood when a man is sexually excited.
It can also be caused by conditions that affect the blood, such as sickle cell hard or leukaemia, or by an injury to the penis or genital area. Menu Close menu. If the priapism is caused by an underlying penis gets, this will need to be treated.