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Nerve damage and erectile dysfunction

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This is very embarrassing but needs attention. I am heterosexual, but sometimes I do experiment during masturbation. In this case, I used a large device to aggressively massage my prostate to enhance the experience. I think I did it too aggressively because immediately afterward I felt different. I did not know how to explain it at first, but now I am sure that I have done some sort of nerve damage. I have not been able to feel any 'spark' or attain any erections for 1 1/2 weeks, and I am abnormally flaccid. Needless to say, depression has set in and I am having suicidal thoughts, but that's another issue I guess. My questions:

1.How much nerve damage, if any, can be done when experimenting like this? I have read up on cavernous nerves and need to know if I could have short circuited them in any way.
2.If nerve damage was done, how long can it take to heal so I can have erections again.
3.Any other info would be helpful.

I am very distraught over this.

I hope you reply. TY.


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replied November 17th, 2008
Sexual Health - Men Answer A4910


If there is not even the slightest erection, then you might be experiencing nerve damage. The intensity of the nerve damage can be determined only by a urologist. The time needed for recovery of the erectile function depends on the intensity of the nerve damage. For example, when a prostatectomy (surgical remove of the prostate) is performed, it may take even two years to fully recover the erectile function. If the nerve was completely damaged, than a nerve-graft surgery for recovering the function of the cavernous nerves might be helpful. Nerve-graft surgery is currently available at only a small number of hospitals.


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