What Causes a Boner? Find Out the Answer

What Causes a Boner

What Causes a Boner?

 

While most people know what causes an erection, there are plenty of boys out there coming of age who might want to know the specific reasons as to what causes a boner. This isn’t a random event that occurs. Instead, it is a biological response that is triggered by certain things in and out of your body. This article will explain everything you need to know about erections, ejaculation, and the penis, in general.

 

What are Erections?

Whether you refer to an erection as a boner, hard-on, or any other slang term, it all refers to the biological response to your penis filling with blood and becoming engorged. This can last for a few minutes or for a longer amount of time depending on what has caused it and if the stimulus is still present.

 

If you’re experiencing erections, it’s perfectly normal and a part of healthy sexual development. Most of the time your penis will remain in a flaccid, or soft, state. If you become sexually aroused, you will experience an erection. Some also have erections as they sleep or wake up with one in the morning.

 

If the erection is from sexual arousal, it can last as long as the stimulus is present until ejaculation occurs, but there are times where erections can occur when you don’t want them to. While these unwanted erections can be embarrassing or annoying, they are normal and shouldn’t be cause for concern. Try to think about something else that isn’t stimulating in order to take your mind off of what is happening to you. By thinking about anything else, you can try to control what is happening in your pants, but if this isn’t working and you’re in public it’s best to excuse yourself to avoid embarrassment or offending the company around you.

 

Scientifically speaking, when thinking about what causes a boner you have to first look to the brain. An erection starts when something triggers your brain to signal your body. This can be because you saw something, heard something, felt something, or even thought something that triggered your brain and nerves to send out a chemical message to the blood vessels in your penis. As these vessels relax and open, more blood flows through them while the veins in the penis close. With the blood in the penis, pressure builds up and causes your penis to expand in size creating the erection. This lasts until the blood flow stops and the veins reopen to relieve the pressure and return the penis to its flaccid state.

 

The Anatomy of the Penis

To better understand what causes a boner, you have to understand the anatomy of your penis. The penis is the main male sexual organ. The length of the penis, no matter the state of it, is referred to as the shaft while the end of the shaft is known as the glans or, less formally, the head. The opening where urine and semen escape is the meatus. Urine and semen travel through a tube known as the urethra which is located in the corpus spongiosum, the spongy tissue that runs under the corpora cavernosa.

 

The corpora cavernosa is a cylindrically shaped chamber that is split in two known as the corpora cavernosa. This chamber runs the entire length of the penis and is where pressure builds during an erection. It contains a thoroughfare of tissue, open pockets, and blood vessels that all work together when you get a boner. There are also two main arteries in the penis that help cause erections. Each artery is located in each of the two chambers of the corpora cavernosa. There are also a number of veins in the penis that push blood in and out of the penis. There are also various nerves that relay signals (messages) to and from the rest of the body.

 

Information on Ejaculation

When you have an erection, the vas deferens push sperm from the testicles to the urethra. Here, the seminal vesicles also release fluid during sexual arousal. The sperm and fluid mix. When this happens, the urethra senses it and, when you reach the peak of your sexual arousal, signals are sent to your spinal cord and then to the muscles at the base of the penis’s shaft. The muscles contract strongly and quickly and force the semen out of the urethra during your sexual climax. This whole process is known as ejaculation and will help your penis return to its flaccid state.

 

This information on what causes a boner, along with all of the other information about the penis, has hopefully helped you better understand your body. Remember to pay attention to your body and take note of anything that seems abnormal. If you are having any problems or have concerns, consult your doctor for help.

 

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