Hello Dr

Basically for the last 5 months my penis has been numb almost totally numb before this all my sexual function was fine and normal as you can imagine at 25 years of age to go from being normal to the point I cannot even have sex is totally deverstating it's effected my libido as I can't feel any pleasurable sensation my Perineum and anus is also numb. I've tried to masturbate and have sex however sex is impossible because I need constant stimulation to stay erect and even then it's not 100% hard. I basically cannot even tell my penis is erect without looking. The confusing part is I don't recall an injury I've had rough hand job and sex a number of times but I have always been okay so I'm at a loss as to how this has occurred the only thing I did differently was use the prolonged condoms that contain a local anaesthetic but I doubt they could cause all this. I don't want to admit it but deep down I kinda know it's nerve damage I'm just unsure of the cause. I'd like you to be 100% and tell me if nerve injuries can ever get better and if they do will my penis be like before with erections and so on. I've cut down masturbation to about twice a month do you think I should stop all sexual activity or is 5 months to late. Thank you doctor


At this point, we can only speculate that there may be some nerve dysfunction but no clear cause is evident. Nerve problems are usually called neuropathy.  They can be caused by medications, side effects, injury, trauma, diabetes and a variety of other relatively uncommon nerve disorders.  Depending on the underlying cause, it may or may not improve over time.  A nerve injury will usually tend to slowly improve, but this is not always guaranteed.

You should contact your local physician or consider consultation with a neurologist to look into this problem for you.


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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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