Lack of penile sensitivity seems to be an inevitable fact of life for men. Looking at the television, in magazines, or in talks at the neighborhood barbeque, penile sensation loss is a topic of conversation. Sprays and gels are available that are intended to increase sensitivity, but they don’t always work. However, there are other ways to increase penile sensitivity besides relying on expensive medications. Some causes have reasonable fixes such as lifestyle changes, while others can be managed with medications to improve overall health. Let’s take a look at some causes of penile sensation loss and how to get it back.

1) Excessive Masturbation - Desensitization of any type occurs over time, whether it is to violence on television or excessive self-pleasuring. Men who masturbate vigorously and multiple times each day can be subject to a loss of sensitivity as time goes on. This is especially so in the case of men who use the "death grip" when masturbating. This can lead to a thickening of the outer layer of skin. This layer of skin can block tactile stimuli from manual stroking, oral sex or penetration, which limits a man’s ability to experience sensual pleasure. The sensation can be regained if the man takes some time away from self-pleasure to regain sensitivity, and then resumes moderate activity with less rigorous fervor and reduced tension.

2) Age - As men age, their bodies change. Of course, so do their penises. The blood vessels direct blood flow in and out of the penis which slows with age . To increase blood flow, men are encouraged to exercise before sex, cease eating prior to sex and have sex at the time of day when they are most alert.

3) Low Testosterone - With age, most men experience a depletion of testosterone. This depletion then leads to a loss of penile sensation or a numbness in the genital area. Other symptoms of low testosterone are fatigue, low moods such as sadness or depression, irritability, and reduced muscle mass. Thankfully, it can be treated with medication.

4) Conditions with Reduced Circulation - Men who have medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, or cardiovascular problems can experience loss of penile sensation. The best way to regain sensation is to embark on healthy lifestyle choices, including exercise and weight management, to improve circulation to the genitals. Weight loss also has been shown to help penis sensitivity, in addition to being terrific for overall health and wellness.

5) Nerve Damaging Diseases - Nerve damaging diseases such as diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can affect the penis and other parts of the body. Both diseases are linked to neuropathy, a condition caused by nerve damage which can cause pain, burning, and numbness. A doctor can explore methods of treatment after diagnosis.

6) Medications - Prescription medications such as selegiline, used for treating Parkinson’s disease, can cause a loss of penile sensation as a side effect. See a doctor for alternatives if this occurs.

Improve Circulation and Sensitivity

In addition to other methods of regaining sensation in the penis, massaging the penis with a specially formulated penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) can be another way to improve sensation in the penis. In addition to soothing emollients, a crème like this can contain other nutrients essential for penis health and function. Ingredients to look for include vitamin C, which is critical for promoting proper blood flow for strong erections. L-Carnitine also is a valuable addition to any penis health crème as it protects against peripheral nerve damage caused by friction which can lead to numbness and loss of penile sensation. Finally, a key amino acid that increases blood flow, L-Arginine, is a welcome addition to maintain firm erections.