k so here's the deal, over the last few months I kinda noticed that when I get my regular ol' boner when jacking off it's all fine, except for something that seems a tad bit 'soft'. I believe the underside of my penis used to feel "harder" when I had an erection and now it's a bit softer (you know the long 'ridge' area that sticks out along the bottom of the erection...I know it's hard to explain lol). Anyway, I'm wondering if this is a problem at all? I'm 16 years old so I doubt that my penis is losing it's power to maintain an erection.Basically, I'm probably sure it's nothing, but I'd just like to ask this for peace of mind: if in fact it is true that the underside of my penis has gone a bit 'softer' instead of it's previous 'hard' state, would this hinder me during sex. Like would the girl not like it/feel it/whatever? Other than this one thing, the rest of the erection seems to be fine, the whole penis extends to its usual erection length and the top feels good and hard (other than the squishier head). when i grasp the whole boner it also feels like something that could be shoved in something else (crude I know lol).I guess I should mention this as well:Another probable (or not) reason I have for myself not being able to get this absolute hard erection is due to an incident a few months ago. I was using a shower gel as lube and it had some sort of reaction with my skin, making it numb and causing it to peel flakes (yes that is scary as hell). When I went to the doctor, I was assured it was nothing but for like a month after that jacking off just wasn't the same lol. I think ever since then, even though my penis has fully recovered, I kind of have this thing in the back of my mind every time I jack off. - kind of like, "was it really damaged by that gel? is that why it can't get hard? plesae get hard, please get fully hard so I can justify this to myself...."ok, and on top of that I start to wonder if perhaps it's my whole nervousness that I've created for myself every time I jack off that won't let me get completely hard.lol yeah, so basically what I would like to ask is, If I am right about the squishiness and not just paranoid (ie, my boner really IS softer on the bottom) Does it really matter if it's a bit softer on the underside but otherwise hard? Like is it ok as long as it is hard enough to go 'in and out' of the vagina? would a girl feel/dislike this small lack of hardness?And, again, if I am right and not just paranoid, What could be the cause? My nervous thoughts of "omg get hard this time!" when I jack off?haha I'm writing this at 2:30 am so please excuse any incoherencies (is that a word?), and if you don't understand what I'm asking please don't hesitate to ask, cause this whole situation has got me pretty worried and I'd like to solve it.oh and btw, the incident with the shower gel happened last May, if that is of any importance. thanks guys! btw since I came back to edit this post I might as well add what a great forum this is! This place has answered so many of my questions and made me less frightened/worried about a lot of thigns! You regular posters rock! ..sometimes I feel like I come here just to ask questions and don't bother 'giving back' so maybe I should make my account more active haha.
Erection perhaps a tad 'softer'
Hi Tomatoes! Thanks for all the kind words!The penis has three cylinders of erectile tissue. Two or side-by-side on the upper side, and are made up of spongy tissue called the corpus cavernosum. The third is underneath and makes the ridge along the bottom that you mentioned. It is made of a slightly different tissue, the corpus spongiosum. The corpus spongiosum carries the urethra through it, and enlarges at the end to form the penis head.The corpus cavernosum normally gets about 90% of the blood in an erection and it is therefore normal for it to be harder than the corpus spongiosum. A hard corpus spongiosum, with a hard head, indicates an especially hard erection.So your erection is still quite normal and fully usable. If it's not quite as hard as it used to be, the cause is probably the worry you have. In fact anything that affected the skin of your penis wouldn't have any effect on the erection, but your worry about it may be keeping it from getting to its very best.