Hello doctor! I have a peculiar problem, I think. I am a regular masturbator. As far as I remember, I have always been jerking off since I was 14 years, and its ten years now that I have been doing it. My frequency has generally been once a day. Lately, I have begun noticing that my penis doesn’t become as hard as it used to be. Or is it only my imagination? Is there a relation between it and weak erections? If so, how can I remedy my situation now? - - - Robert K.
The Expert's Answer
Robert, let me begin by telling you first that there is indeed a relation between OM and ED, weak erections as you call it. At the rate at which you have been doing it, you certainly qualify to be an excessive masturbator and so you penis might have lost its previous natural tendency to get erection. This happens in most men who have begun it at a very young age and have continued it excessively into their adulthood. There are ways to get around this problem, but first let me tell you how your habit can affect your erectile capacity.
In most cases, the liver gets impaired due to OM, accompanied by the parasympathetic nervous system and the hormones. The reproductive organ is made up of a spongy tissue known as the corpus cavernosa. When you get excited, this spongy tissue becomes engorged with blood. This is when your organ becomes hard. But who sends the message to the brain that the corpus cavernosa needs to be engorged with the blood? That is the job of the parasympathetic nervous system. That means, the parasympathetic nervous system looks after the psychological part of the masturbation. It is this system that provides you with the sexual gratification.
However, the parasympathetic nervous system cannot provide any message to the organ without the presence of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is effectively the chemical that signals the need of the penis to become erect. And this nitric oxide is released by the liver when you do this.
Each time you do this, the liver releases the requisite amount of nitric oxide into the parasympathetic nervous system, which signals the organ to become erect. When someone masturbates excessively, what happens is there is too much release of nitric oxide. As a result, the tissues of the reproductive organ could become immune to signals from the parasympathetic nervous system. Let me explain it to you in a very simple manner. Erection of the organ requires signals from your nervous system, which are facilitated by the liver. But since you have masturbated so much, your nervous system has become overburdened, and so also your liver. Also, your organ is no longer responsive to these signals just because it has got too much used to it. That explains why you don’t get those erections as you did in your younger days.
But all is not lost. Even now you are young, and there is never any permanent damage in such a young age. You body functions will get back to normal and you will get good erections once again. Your sperm count will also improve. Come to think about it, get your sperm count tested. It may have become low also.
You need to exercise some self-control. Starting today itself, give your habit a break. Try to get yourself interested in other activities. Do things that you like and try to stay outdoors with your friends for most of the times. This will keep you occupied and will help in reducing your habit of touching your penis every time you are titillated, which is once a day, as you yourself have mentioned.
Robert, I would also advise you to try out some herbal remedies for this problem. Herbal remedies have proven very effective in the case of ED. You will need herbal products that contain Ashwagandha, popularly known as the winter cherry, having the biological name of Withania somnifera. I can suggest you the regular application of the Paradizo cream over your organ. Paradizo contains Ashwagandha as an important ingredient and has proven effective in many men with a problem similar to yours.
But, most importantly, remember to reduce this habit. If you continue that habit, no remedy in the world will ever work for you, and you will be stuck with a limp organ when you actually plan a sexual act with someone.
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