Have I permanently desensitized my penis?
May 3, 2014 8:31 PM Subscribe
NSFW, obviously. Short version: masturbating dry seems to have done some long-term nerve damage; is this reversible?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Apologies for the TMI nature of what follows, but hey, you clicked.
I'm a guy in my thirties. Until a few years ago, my body produced enough pre-ejaculate that I could masturbate without the need for lube. Then it gradually started to dry up (which I assume is normal), but being clueless, for a few months in my mid-twenties I kept on masturbating more or less dry, without any lube self-produced or otherwise. This caused chafing on the skin of my penis, so I stopped, and started using store-bought lube. The chafing subsided, but I seem to have caused some permanent damage. I've never regained the full sensitivity I used to have. Being touched feels less pleasurable, orgasms (from masturbation or sex) aren't what they used to be, I don't get as hard as I used to (though this may be partly due to the passing years), and some areas of my penis still feel very slightly sore to the touch, even several years later. When I realized what was happening I cut down on masturbation (to once or twice a week at most) and always used minimal pressure/friction and plenty of lube; I also, with heroic self-control, twice held out for over a month without masturbating at all, hoping that the nerves would regenerate. You'd think if they were going to, they would have done so by now, which makes me think there might be nothing that can be done. But I'd really like to regain some of my old sensitivity. Is there anything I can do?
There are some products out there which are supposed to "promote penis health and increase sensitivity", e.g. Man1 Man Oil; honestly, these look like quack nostrums to me, but maybe they're worth a shot. I've been applying vitamin E oil for the last couple of weeks, with no perceptible effects so far. This doesn't feel like something to go to a doctor about, either. I realize I'm probably screwed, but maybe the hive mind will have some bright ideas?
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