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My Personal Journey from Wood to Rubber

By on March 3, 2011

I am a 55-year-old diabetic. And I have erectile dysfunction. 

Erectile dysfunction (ED) happens to many mature men and Viagra is not the right solution for all men. Another treatment available for men is the penile injection. It’s exactly what you think. I know most men don’t get excited about sticking themselves in the groin but I’ve been using this method for more than a decade. For me, this is something that I have learned to live with. It’s not for everyone but it’s an alternative.

I have lived as a diabetic for over 22 years.  Even at the onset of the diagnosis, it was not apparent to me that diabetes could impact my manhood.  I never knew that there was a connection between the disease and my penis.  With so much attention on how diabetes affects the liver, kidney, feet, and eyes, seldom do you see campaigns that address the disease’s impact on sex organs. It was only when I began to notice that Mother Nature was not cooperating and “the wood was gradually turning into rubber” did I seek help.  Diabetes is directly related to effecting the circulation or the blood flow in the penis. This is important information for a sexually active man, especially if he plans to remain secxually active.

As far as the self-injections to the penis, for me, once you have dealt with the temporary pain, despite the discomfort it is far less than the gratification obtained by the end of the process.  Positive outcomes are prolonged erections from 3-5 hours. So planning ahead for those romantic encounters, should take into account all of the possibilities that could interfere with the preparation time to ensure that you don’t waste a good “woody”   a simple change in plans could result in a premature preparation leaving you for a solo performance, if you know what I mean. There is also the matter of cost depending on your insurance coverage. Ongoing increases in the medication suggest that perhaps those who make those decisions are not sensitive to the plight of men.

If this article serves no other purpose other than to alert black men that diabetes is a threat to our manhood, then I am proud to contribute to my brother’s education.  If losing one’s prowess through diabetes translated into healthier eating, being more fit  or just expanding treatment options to consider, then telling my story will have been worth it for sure.  

Choosing penile injection is a choice that I have made. There have been some trials and tribulations along the way but I have learned to live with my choice for now. I am dealing with my ED and managing my diabetes. I am presently in a relationship where I am fortunate to have a patient and understanding partner who is sensitive to my health situation. There are times in life we make sacrifices to move forward. My circumstances have not taken me out of the love game completely. Given that life has its share of ups and downs, I can at least control the “ups.” My name is H.Hines Jr. and thank you for reading my story.


  1. Ronald Wadley

    March 4, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for sharing this information. I have never heard about penile injections. And yes it does sound painful but it is good to know that there are alternatives for men who are faced with this embarrassing issue.

  2. Preston

    March 4, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Thank you for such an enlighting article. You have addressed the big elephant in the room that many choose to ignore. I know this is a very personal battle and I appreciate you being so forthcoming and sharing your story. I am certainly listening and I hope others will also.
    If your story reaches only a few and causes them to be more cognizant of their practices and doctor visits, then you have done what you have set out to do.
    Thank you Howard and Healthy Black Men for keeping us aware.

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