5 Ways You Can Increase Penis Sensitivity
Achieving sexual satisfaction involves an intricate interplay of physical, psychological and emotional factors working together just right to deliver the goods. When any one factor goes awry, it can lead to a cascade of problems with lasting effects on the way we experience sexuality and the sensations we’re hoping for from our penis.
Undeniably, the physical aspect of sexuality is a vital piece of the puzzle. For men, any decrease in penis sensitivity can become a barrier to enjoying a fulfilling sex life. Some causes of insensitivity are short term and highly fixable, while others require a larger lifestyle adjustment.
Here are five reasons you could be having trouble getting there—and how to address them:
Problem: You’re a ‘death-gripper’
Sometimes a lack of sensation during sex can be related to your masturbation technique. Death-grip syndrome refers to becoming accustomed to a super-tight grip or any highly specific or unique masturbation technique that requires that exact sensation in order for you to have an orgasm.
If you find that you get off just fine when masturbating but lose sensation when you have sex with a partner, death-grip syndrome could be the cause.
Death-grip syndrome is a grim-sounding name, but it’s an easy-to-fix issue. Simply switching your technique can help reorient your sensitivity quickly. Try a different grip, a different hand or other kinds of lube. Also, “edge” yourself or use a masturbation toy such as a Fleshlight, which may be more similar to the sensations of sex.
Problem: You’re a sitter
Another common cause for penile desensitization is not directly related to the penis itself but rather to your perineum, the area between your testicles and anus. The perineum is home to a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that feed into your penis. Studies show that if you ride a bicycle a lot or spend hours sitting on a hard, uncomfortable chair, penis desensitization may result.
Avoid a hard, narrow bike seat. Get a wider, cushier one that spreads out the weight load and takes it off your perineum. And upgrade that office chair.
Problem: Low testosterone levels
Testosterone is the male hormone directly responsible for libido and sexual stimulation. Men’s “T” levels naturally decline as they age, but a precipitous drop can have dire effects on sexual function.
It’s important to remember that lifestyle choices also affect testosterone levels. Obesity, lack of exercise, stress and a poor sleep regimen are all known to cause a decline in testosterone production.
Your doctor can perform a simple blood test to determine your T levels and, if it’s warranted, prescribe testosterone replacement therapy.
You can also take a proactive approach to help boost your testosterone levels by getting a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise five times per week, eating a healthy diet and keeping a regular sleep schedule.
Problem: An underlying condition
Certain medical conditions can cause nerve damage and affect sensation in various parts of your body, including the penis. Common culprits are diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Talk with your doctor about your loss of sensitivity in light of your medical history. Also, ask about any prescribed medication or supplements you’re taking, because they may cause a decrease in penis sensation.
Problem: Mental health issues
The brain is often referred to as the biggest sexual organ. While a bit trite, the sentiment remains true in many ways. Depression, anxiety, stress and other acute mental distress can all have a significant impact on sexual function.
Talking with someone is a vital first step. People often become so accustomed to living with depression or anxiety that they don’t recognize their harmful effects.
A mental health professional, or even a trusted friend or partner, can help you work through whatever you might be trying to face alone. Sometimes, just the action of talking it out helps.
If you find yourself with declining penis sensitivity, realize there is often a simple fix. You have nothing to be ashamed of and no reason to freak out. Approach it methodically, as you would any other health issue, and you’ll likely have proper sensitivity back in no time.