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I've read on here, particularly in arthur goldsteins responses that it's impossible to permanently damage penis nerves from squeezing to hard only a couple times. Which is encouraging. I jelqed for a grand total of 15 minutes and three months later my penis still lacks sensation, is it pretty normal for nerves to take longer than 3 months to return to normal. How do penis nerves start working again after they are "stretched" or "bruised" from too much pressure. I can get hard but I can't really feel any pleasurable feeling anywhere other than the underside of my penis, but there has been improvement I don't know if that means I'm headed towards full recovery or not.

Also, is it relatively safe to have inter course 3 months after nerves still haven't recovered, I mean I'm able to with my erections I just haven't tried because I question the safety. If it helps I'm 18!

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Jonathan:

I do not agree with Dr. Goldstein that it is impossible to damage penile nerves manually, but it would be exceedingly rare and difficult to do.  Most of the time, nerve injuries to the penis will heal but only very slowly taking up to 1-2 years to completely heal.  If the erections are working OK, then you can reasonably resume normal sexual function.  Please check with your local physicians first.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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