Glad to see that things went well for you. I’m in the same position, so it’s definitely encouraging to see good results are possible after so long.
Well here’s a thing. I decided to have another go at gaining in girth, using the same clamping routine as before, but this time with a conscious effort not to ejaculate after each session, for at least several hours (something I’ve not done before). And what do you know? I’m gaining at a rate of 1 mm per week, compared to 0.7 mm per week when I was PEing for girth last year. So I can answer the age-old question “Does ejaculation impede gains?” with a “yes.” (With the obvious disclaimer that this is anecdotal evidence based on a single data point!)
I’d dropped to an MSEG of 158 mm after my last girth gains, and am up to 163 mm now. Definitely going to stop when I reach 165 mm, which is the magic number of 6.5”.
I went from 6 1/8 BPEL to 6 5/8 when I started, then fell off completely for 3 years. I only lost 1/8, going back down to 6.5. I remember it felt like I was stuck at 6.5 forever because my noobie gains spoiled me. I’m guessing that the time I spent straining at 6.5 BPEL at the end of that cycle helped cement most of those gains. Either way, almost all of my gains definitely cemented somehow.
Three years later, I returned and sprinted from 6.5 to 7.0 in a year or less before slogging a bit to get that last 1/8th putting me at my current 7 1/8 BPEL. So 3 years definitely restored my tissue to a noobie state. The gains (.5 BPEL) and point where the gains slowed (the last 1/8th) were identical for both cycles.
I’m currently restarting manuals after a 4 month flakeout/decon and eager to see what that little vacation nets me. For me, decons seem to be a slow but guaranteed source of gains. I just need to dial in what sub-3 year length of time off gives me that tissue reset.
So as you see from my stats. I kept my gains after 11 years. Maybe lost a little but very little. I have sex about 3 times a week and I last about 30-45 minutes. I started the Newbie routine again and got some quick stats and numbers in 6-9 weeks.
+1 that after a long break, you can keep most of your gains, and +1 that starting a Newbie routine again gave me a good start increase.
I hope to keep you posted on cementing these new gains. I think we need more data. I stopped for 11 years because I was 100% happy with my gains. I only started again because I felt I could do a little more. This was not planned to stop for years and do a newbie routine but it is worth noting if others take a break and come back vs staying on it for 2-3 years.