Research from UC San Francisco found that zipper injuries were the most common cause of penile injury in adults. Between 2002 and 2010, 17,616 men made trips to ERs for zipper mishaps, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all penis injuries during this time. Should you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation, make sure you’re telling the truth about what kind of teeth bit you. “If have a human bite injury and you go to get care and tell them it’s a zipper injury, you could lose your penis,” says Tudek. Human mouths have all kinds of special bacteria that zippers don’t, so injuries from the two are treated very differently.
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