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Loss of Penile Sensitivity: 7 Things You Need to Know

Updated: May 31, 2023

loss of penile sensitivity and 7 causes for it and how to regain sensitivity of your erections

The loss of penile sensitivity can have a profound impact on a man's quality of life. Not only can it result in difficulties with sexual function, but it can also lead to feelings of insecurity and inadequacy.

According to PubMed, 31% of men suffer from some sort of sexual dysfunction, including loss of penile sensitivity.

The cause of the condition is not always clear, but it is often linked to nerve damage. The good news is that there are a few ways that can help to improve the situation. With the right approach, it is possible to regain that loss of sensation and enjoy a fulfilling sex life once again.

Let’s shed some light on it...

What is Loss of Penile Sensitivity

The penis is very sensitive... or at least is supposed to be. We have what is called the pudendal nerves that run through our penis. This is what provides the amazing sensations you feel when your partner is touching your penis.

bald guy wondering why he had a loss in penile sensitivity and is wondering how to regain sensitivity in his erections

When you lose penile sensitivity or if you are dealing with erectile dysfunction problems, then most of the time the first thing to look at are your pudendal nerves.

This can occur at any age, but it's more common in older men. If you think back to when you first started masturbating or having sex, think about how sensitive and different then what it feels like now.

Age, however, isn't the only thing that is going to affect your sensitivity, there are quite a few different factors.

But, first let's see how you rate your own erections when it comes to sensitivity. We want to know if there is a correlation between age and a decrease in sensitivity of your erections. So let's compare

Disclaimer: This is not a tool to diagnose you or to give you medical advice. It's only for educational purposes. If you need a diagnosis, please consult with your doctor.

How would you rate the sensitivity of your erections today as oppose to when you were are teenager ? (Sex, masturbation, or mental thought, etc.)?

  • 0 - Penis is not sensitive at all

  • 1 - Penis is slightly sensitive

  • 2 - Penis is somewhat sensitive

  • 3 - Penis is sensitive most of the time

Loss of Penile Sensitivity: What are the Signs

As we stated at the beginning of this article, loss of penile sensitivity is a form of sexual dysfunction. There are a couple of most common sexual dysfunction that men suffer from, loss of penile sensitivity and ED being among them. Just like any other condition, in order to start treating it, you'll want to get to the bottom of what you're experiencing and then what is the root cause.

There are a few different signs that you can see to tell if loss of penile sensitivity is in fact what you're experiencing or if it's something else such as ED. The more of these signs or characteristics that you see happening, the more likely it is that you're dealing with penis sensitivity.

  • Loss of sensations on your penis, testicles, and groin

  • Discomfort such as cold or hot sensations

  • Color changes in your groin area

  • Pin or needle feelings around your penis or goin

black man holding woman's hand in a sensual way during sensitive sex

Loss of Penile Sensation: What are the Causes?

Lack of penile sensitivity can be troubling and even painful. Nobody wants to deal with it and it can often leave you feeling insecure and even depressed. If you've narrowed it down to be in fact loss of penile sensitivity, you're next step into treating it properly, is then finding the cause of it.

What exactly happened... Then we can talk about treating it. Let's talk about some of the most common reasons why men deal with the loss of sensitivity in their penises.

1. Low on Testosterone:

A drop in testosterone levels can cause a loss of sensation. When testosterone levels are low it can cause the body to produce less semen. The amount of semen during ejaculation can affect the amount of pleasure you feel, meaning if you have less semen, you could experience less pleasure.

Low testosterone can also lower your desire to masturbate or even have sex.

2. Nerve Damage:

The sensations that you feel around your penis all come from the nerves that move through it. So if those are not working properly, you won't be feeling much. Any kind of nerve damage can cause a loss of sensation.

They could be damaged by injury doing something physical such as sports, sex, or it could be due to surgery.

Couple in love dealing with a loss of penile sensitivity

3. Wrong Medications:

Loss of penile sensation can come from certain medications. This can happen from a few different medications or a combination of medications, however, the most commonly seen from SSRIs, which deal with depression and anxiety.

This is known as penile anesthesia. It can cause penile numbness. It can also cause priapism, which can affect your erections as well. Some medications can also lead to erectile dysfunction. So, it's important to know as much as you can before taking prescriptions.

4. Diabetes & High Blood Pressure

Another potential cause could be diabetes or high blood pressure. If you're feeling numbness down below, this could be a sign of an undiagnosed medical problem such as diabetes, hypertension, and multiple sclerosis.

This is important to weed out because if it's left untreated, it could cause permanent damage to your nercice and blood vessels.

5. Bad Lifestyle Habits

This is one that we've talked about before in other blogs. Your daily habits have an effect on your body over time. Bad habits such as smoking, heavy drinking, and a bad diet can end up leading to nerve damage, ED, and blunted libido.

Tobacco can decrease the nitric oxide in your body, which is what transmits your arousal. This is the last thing that you want to happen. Making healthy everyday habits is important for your sexual health.

sensitive kissing to test sensitivity of the penis

6. Death Grip Syndrome

Death grip syndrome (aka too much masturbating with a hard death grip) is a real thing and not a lot of guys realize they're doing it let alone talking about it being a problematic issue in the long run.

When you masturbate over time, you're grip, force, or vigor, used is going to slowly increase over time and your penile sensitivity is going to decrease alongside it. A study shows that men who deal with delayed ejaculation also reported much higher masturbation habits and lower penis sensitivity.

7. Other Things Connected

On top of the last 6 causes of loss in penile sensitivity, there are a few others that have been connected.

  • Prostate cancer can end up leading to numbness in your penis

  • Peyronie's disease, although this is more related to erectile dysfunction

  • Depression can lead to a loss of interest and a physiological loss of feeling

  • Sitting too much can also lead to numbness in your groin area because sitting applies too much pressure to your perineum.

  • Riding a bicycle for too long. The bumpy road or the bicycle seat can injure the perineum, testicles, and penis. Cycling can also place pressure on the groin and temporarily restrict nerves or blood vessels, leading to penile numbness.

Can Penile Sensitivity be Restored?

If you're looking to restore or improve your penile sensitivity, there are a few things that you can do and we're here to help!

Change Your Positions

Changing up your positions in sex can help to provide increased friction in a spot that normally wouldn't get it as much.

Lube up!

Seriously, it makes a huge difference versus using your callused hands (which may feel like sandpaper). This, also applies with sex too.

Avoid cycling or riding bikes!

We know you love it, but the bicycle seat is the main culprit. There are plenty of other sports or hobbies you can do to get the cardio you're looking for that doesn't put too much pressure on your testicles or perineum area.

use a fleshlight or masturbator so that it can assimilate PIV sex and beat death grip syndrome and regain penile sensitivity

Don't Sit for too Long

Adding to the above...Try to avoid sitting for long periods of time. If you work from a desk, consider getting a stand or working at a table that you can stand while working. If not, then try getting up every 30 minutes to avoid too much pressure to the perineum.

Beat Death Grip Syndrome.

Death grip syndrome is a real thing and over masturbating can lead to loss of penile sensitivity. Instead, opt out of using your hand and use a fleshlight or masturbator so that it can assimilate PIV sex.

Live A Healthy Lifestyle

Your everyday small choices lead to bigger things over time. Making healthier lifestyle changes is going to help you prevent having issues downstairs. Stop smoking, period. Ease up on the drinking, and start eating better!

Check Your Medications

Make sure the medications you're taking are not going to cause issues for your sex life. Talk with your doctor and also consider alternatives.

The Phoenix Li-ESWT

If you're experiencing sexual decline and/or issues with your sexual performance, The Phoenix is another option to help you regain your sex life back. It uses Li-ESWT (low-intensity shockwave therapy) to reverse and prevent sexual decline.

It helps men improve their sex and allows them to "get it up" once again. It uses powerful targeted soundwaves to create a physiological change in the body that doctors and experts both recommend.

the phoenix li-eswt for increasing penis sensitivity and erection performance

Reclaiming the Sensitivity of Your Erections!

The loss of penile sensitivity can have a significant impact on a man's quality of life. Ultimately though, most of the time loss of penile sensitivity is due to our own personal choices in life. If you want to prevent it or reverse it, most of the time it just means making better and healthier choices for your body.

Hopefully, this brought some light to what penile sensitivity is, how it can affect you, and what you can do about it.

If you guys have questions about penis sensitivity, looking for some guidance, or just want to share your thoughts, leave a comment below or send us a message here. Our goal is to help bring awareness around men's sexual health and help in any way we can!


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