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Doctor Leslie:
How are injuries to the soft tissue in penis diagnosed? Could areolar tissue wear out with excessive and vigorous masturbation? What would be the symptoms if this was the case? My penis is extremely soft and unsupported when flaccid. The shaft is very, very thin in comparison to the bulb. Thanks


While almost anything in medicine is possible, wearing out the cavernosal tissue would be exceedingly rare and unusual.  It might be damaged by priapism (abnormally prolonger, continuous erection lasting more than 4 hours) but not by "excessive and viborous masturbation".  If damaged, it would just not work and there would be little or no rigid erections.

What you have described about a soft and unsupported penis when flaccid is probably normal as long as the erection is straight and rigid.

Consult a local urologist for more personal information.


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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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