increase penis sensitivity

How to Increase Penis Sensitivity

What is the role of penile sensitivity in sexual pleasure?

Penile sensitivity is essential as it contributes to male sexual pleasure.  It is the level of responsiveness and sensation felt in the penis during sexual activities such as arousal, stimulation, and orgasm. The level of sensitivity can have a considerable impact on overall sexual fulfillment and experience.

What causes the sensitivity of the penis to decrease?

There are various conditions or diseases that might cause a decrease in penis sensitivity. Among the most common are:

  • Advanced age: It is natural for men’s general sensitivity to decline as they age because nerve endings may grow less sensitive over time. Several studies have confirmed the decrease in penile pleasure with increasing age.
  • Penis injuries / Traumas: Any form of injury that affects the nerves responsible for penile sensitivity can cause this latter to decrease.
  • Poor blood circulation in the penis: Excessive cycling, vigorous masturbation with aggressive and repetitive grips on the penis, and other practices can all impair blood circulation in the penis. This can result in a reduced penile sensitivity and function.
  • Diabetes: Diabetic neuropathy can induce this problem in some diabetics because it affects the sensory level of the glans. Diabetes, in fact, causes severe neurologic changes in the penis, which are likely to contribute significantly to the sexual dysfunction experienced by these men. The pudendal nerve, one of the nerves connected to sexual function, may have more severe sensory degradation.
  • Psychological causes: Some psychological factors, such as anxiety, stress, depression, and so on, have been implicated in various sorts of sexual dysfunctions and on the impression of penile sensitivity.
  • Certain medications: Some medications, can induce a decrease in general sensitivity, including that of the penis; others, such as antidepressants, can cause a drop in sexual drive, which can be misinterpreted with a loss in sensitivity..
  • Peyronie’s disease: This illness can be identified by the formation of a scar link tissue called plaque beneath the skin of the penis. According to research, the fibrosis associated with the chronic phase of Peyronie’s disease has been linked to diminished penile sensitivity.

How to increase the sensitivity of the penis?

Some people may find it distressing to have a decreased penile sensitivity since it impairs their sexual lives. There are some methods for increasing penile sensitivity, such as:

  • Maintaining proper hygiene: Keeping the genital area clean and clear of irritants can aid in the preservation of its sensitivity.
  • Lubrication use: Using water-based lubricants during sexual activities can lessen friction, making sensations more pleasurable and preventing potential desensitization caused by scars or damage induced by a lack of appropriate lubrication.
  • Using sensation-focused sex toys: Experimenting with sex toys meant to deliver various types of sensations can boost enjoyment and possibly increase penile sensitivity.
  • Embracing foreplay: Engaging in prolonged foreplay before intercourse can assist boost excitement and increase penile sensitivity.
  • Practicing pelvic floor exercises: Regularly doing Kegel exercises not only strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, but also increases blood flow in the penile area, thereby improving penile sensitivity.
  • Managing stress and anxiety: Working on the psychological factors can improve sexual response and sensitivity.
  • Avoiding aggressive masturbation/sexual habits: As previously pointed out, violent grips on the penis may result in this condition; consequently, avoiding such habits can lessen the risks of having decreased penile sensitivity.
  • Avoiding smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and illicit drug use: Smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, and some types of drugs can all have an effect on blood flow and nerve function, potentially affecting penile sensitivity.
  • Physical Activity: Regular exercise and an active lifestyle can enhance circulation, which can improve sensitivity.

Does circumcision have an impact on the sensitivity of the penis?

The impact of circumcision on penile sensitivity is a subject of ongoing debate. The foreskin, known to be richly supplied with nerve endings, is one of the most sensitive parts of the penis. After circumcision, which is the act of removing the foreskin from the penis, the constant exposure of the tip of the penis to friction and irritation is believed to lead to long-term keratinization. In other words, the part that was originally covered with foreskin is now directly exposed to friction (clothes, subjects, etc) which leads to it becoming thicker and dryer.

This process may result in sensitive nerve endings becoming covered, leading to reduced sensitivity. Therefore, removing the foreskin essentially reduces penile sensitivity, as this tissue is sensitive to touch and provides unique sensations during sexual activity, such as the gliding motion over the penile glans. Some researchers don’t agree on exactly how much this affects sexual pleasure, but it’s clear that the foreskin had a role in making certain sensations feel special and enjoyable.

When to consider seeking professional help?

Although decreased penile sensitivity is sometimes normal due to the aforementioned causes, if a person has persistent concerns about sensitivity or any potential underlying medical issues, it is critical to consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice and appropriate management.


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