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Can aggressive and dry masturbation lead to penile nerve damage?


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Dr. Preetha. J

Published At November 26, 2021
Reviewed AtMay 7, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am 29-years-old male, and I do not have diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. But I am suffering from erectile dysfunction and low libido. I can barely get an erection, and when an erection happens, it is incomplete (only 30%), and my penis is not hard enough, immediately goes soft again. I did very aggressive and dry masturbation, and consequently, I stopped feeling my penis right away. My penis does not respond to stimulation at all, and erection has never happened since then. In addition, I have pain in my penis and feel the cold and hot needle. I stopped having a morning erection. Did I destroy my penis by masturbating so dry and aggressively? Is this penile nerve damage? Will my feeling in penis and erection return with time?

I went to a neurologist and did a brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and nerve conduction test. However, the results were normal. I tried Cialis (Tadalafil) and Levitra (Vardenafil), but it did not work. I just do not feel anything.

I have red lines on my penis as per the attached picture. Is this an issue?

I did doppler ultrasound scanning of the penis, and the results were normal as per the attached reports.

Testosterone level is 8.4 nmol/L.

Hemoglobin glycated a1c is 5 %.

LDL (low-density lipids) is 2.33 mmol/L.

FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) 4.6 mIU/ml.

LH (leutinizing hormone) 3.43 mIU/l.

Is there a treatment that can help?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your problem. The picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) you have uploaded is not opening. Your hormonal, vascular, and even neurological investigations are normal, so you no need to get worried about that. And I would like to tell you that masturbation does not result in nerve damage. But dry masturbation can lead to skin issues only and not any nerve issues.

The problem could be due to some stress or psychological reasons. This should be evaluated. Try not to think about getting a poor erection again and again and avoid sex or any kind of sexual activity for a few days. This will help to make you more relaxed, and you will not anticipate things. Taking Cialis in the low dose that is 5 mg regularly for about four weeks should help you. Try not to have sex for a few days, even when you are on drugs. This will help in passing the psychological barrier.

I hope this helps.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

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