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Can prone masturbation cause nerve damage or increase penile sensitivity?

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Published At July 11, 2023
Reviewed AtNovember 30, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 26-year-old, and I have been masturbating on the bed for more than fifteen years. Now I realized this does damage. In the early days of last year, when I got new bedsheets I started losing sensitivity. The new bedsheets I have are rougher than the old ones. Now almost all my nerves in the front of the penis looks scarred. There are two red dots in my pleasure nerves. Due to the constant rubbing, I have scar tissue that looks like a burn. It has been like this for several months now. My penis has almost lost all its sensitivity. When I orgasm I do not feel it in my penis anymore (earlier I used to feel the orgasm in my penis.) I have attached a picture. You can see the scar tissue from prone masturbation. The thing that terrifies me is whether the nerve damage can be permanent. I do not want that to happen. I started taking magnesium supplements when I read that magnesium is perfect for nerve damage. If there is nerve damage in my penis how can it be healed? I also wear a protector to help stop my penis from rubbing against my underwear. I started masturbating once a week, (or at most twice) and only with the original sex toys and a water-based lubricant. I tried this a few times but could not feel much. Is there any cream that can help? I do not know what is wrong with me. Do I just need to give it a rest to let the skin and nerves heal? I hope that the magnesium supplements I take will also help heal this. I am still a virgin and I do not want my first time to be numb! Please help. This has been bothering me for the past few months and it is only getting worse.

Answered by Dr. Madhav Tiwari


We welcome you to the icliniq.com family.

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I am sorry to hear about your troubles. Whilst prone masturbation may give you immense pleasure, it is harmful to you in the long run. Prone masturbation does not cause nerve damage per se, but can occasionally lead to a fracture of the penis if you are too hard on yourself. The reason you are having these ejaculatory problems is that you are now subconsciously acclimatized to prone masturbation which puts more pressure and excites your nerves more (giving more pleasure) than regular masturbation, oral sex, or intercourse. It is due to this feeling that most men continue to resort to prone masturbation as other forms of sexual activity fail to arouse them. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that any medication will help you reverse the sensation. I suggest you few things which might help: Stop prone masturbation, abstain from masturbation completely for a month or so, when you do restart, limit yourself to only once or twice a week, and each week use a different technique - this will help your mind readjust to the sensations and may improve your perception of orgasm.

With time, things will get better. You can continue to take any supplements such as magnesium, and vitamin E as they are all good for health even if they may not help with this issue particularly. Once again, please do not worry. Things will improve once you stop masturbation. Give it time and follow the instructions given.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your response! I also wanted to add a little update.

Sometime last week while I was using my masturbator I may have slipped or done a weird position. I had minor pain on the right side of my penis. When I was done I noticed the pain remained for a few hours. Later it started coming and going. The pain was very mild. However one day when I woke up, my penis was almost numb. I had no sexual sensitivity whatsoever and I also noticed that my libido and sex drive is non-existent. I also have a hard time getting an erection now. Everything like this was sudden onset. This has been stressing me out a lot and I have done some research on the internet that said psychological stress can cause non-existent sensitivity. The nerves that I feel are mostly located on the front of my penis. Every time I touch it, I feel a bit of pain but no pleasure. It is like something is "blocking" my pleasure. I had stopped prone masturbation two months ago but masturbated hard with my hand. I rubbed my penis against my underwear, and while doing so I am not sure if I caused any damage. I also notice that the area to the right of my perineum where the leg connects has a very minor dull ache.

Do you think I may have given myself an injury while using the masturbator a week ago? Ever since then my sensitivity has been non-existent. Also, I changed my diet two months ago when I stopped prone masturbation. I mostly eat three bananas, two green apples, and a plate full of spinach. I have not been drinking as much dairy or eating meat or protein. Do you think I have a vitamin deficiency caused by the diet? I also take Acetyl-L-Carnintine (2,500 mg) supplements every day and magnesium oxide supplements. I have stopped masturbation completely and I am four days into abstinence currently. The lack of sensitivity is causing me concern because I do not want it to be permanent. I can send you some pictures of my penis with the scar if that would help.

Answered by Dr. Madhav Tiwari


Once more, thank you for allowing us to be of service to you.

We value the high level of confidence you have in us!

Sure, please go ahead. But my opinion will remain the same: You have to completely stop masturbation for at least a month or so. And when you do restart, it has to be gentle and not in prone position. I doubt if I will be able to pick something up just by looking at the photos (attachments removed to protect patient's identity). The fact remains that you have to give your penis a period of extended rest. As far as the pain goes, it will most likely settle down with rest. However, if you are constantly being bothered by it, you could try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory tablets for a period of three days. Also, having a warm bath might help settle some of the pain. I would advise you strictly, to give it rest for at least a month or so, and see whether the erection and sensitivity come back before we decide to prescribe you some medications.

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

Dr. Madhav Tiwari
Dr. Madhav Tiwari

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