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Dr. Leslie, a week and a half ago I had an erection and flopped down on my bed and it bent.  There was no snapping or popping sound and no swelling or discoloration.  I still went to the ER to be safe, and they confirmed that it was not a penile fracture and there was no blood in my urine so they were not concerned with urethral damage.  I experienced no problems urinating.  After a week, I attempted to masturbate, more so to ensure I could still get an erection.  I was able to get an erection, though it did not feel quite as hard, and was difficult to sustain without constant stimulation.  I was also able to ejaculate.  Since then, however, my penis feels like what I can best describe as a "wet noodle."  Still no trouble urinating, and only occasional discomfort, but minor to the point that if I wasn't thinking about it I might not even notice it.  There is no pain to the touch.  My intention was to abstain from sexual activity for a while, but if I give it a few gentle tugs to see if there is any sensation or the feeling of getting an erection, there is not.  I don't assume that I will be back up and running within days of such an accident, but I am obviously worried about long-term ED.  I do plan to see a urologist, but in addition to your thoughts on what might have happened, I have two questions:  1. If this is in fact a situation where letting it heal is all that's needed, how long would it be until I got back to normal and could resume sexual activities? 2. Is there anything (ice, heat, medicine) that I can do to help the healing process?  I appreciate your help.  You can imagine the anxiety this has caused.


It is not possible to predict the outcome without knowing exactly what is injured and how badly.  In general, these problems rend to slowly recover but it may take a year or longer.

There is some evidence for using cialis or viagra to help with healing. Talk to your physician.


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Stephen W. Leslie, MD


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


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.

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

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.

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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