For almost any man, the awareness that his penis sensation is not quite what it used to be can be a huge source of anxiety. After all, from the time that he learns what it can do for him, the pleasure that the penis brings becomes central to his life.
Loss of penile sensitivity affects most men at some point, and those who have serious problems in this department often experience problems with depression, not to mention loss of erectile function. But the sense that the penis is less responsive than it used to be does not have to mean the end of sex; with some easy tips that almost anyone can perform, many men can once again enjoy a responsive, healthy penis.
Why does penis sensation fade?
The penis is a complicated organ, and the factors that can affect its ability to respond to tactile stimuli (i.e., touch) are numerous and complex. Some of the most significant issues that can affect sensation include:
- Toughening of the skin due to aggressive masturbation and/or sex;
- Limited blood flow due to factors such as heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, frequent cycling, or even tight clothing;
- Diabetic neuropathy, a degenerative nerve disease related to high blood glucose;
- Depression and/or anxiety;
- Other psychological issues.
How to rescue an unresponsive penis:
1. Increase blood flow
One simple way to restore sensation to the penis is to increase the amount of blood that is available to nourish the skin, nerve and circulatory tissue in the area. This may take some effort and time, but losing weight and improving heart health through good nutrition and exercise can benefit the body in a multitude of ways, including improving overall penile function and stimulating the nerve tissue.
Men who cycle frequently, whether competitively or just for exercise, should look for specialized bicycle seats with a special cutout designed to address precisely this problem. Wearing supportive undergarments during a ride can also help to limit the compression to the area and support good circulation.
Men who have sedentary jobs should, of course, add exercise to their daily routine, but just getting up from the desk and taking a walk to the water cooler or the john can give the boys downstairs a break and allow some additional blood flow.
2. Avoid alcohol
Men (and women) often find that alcohol, in small amounts, can stimulate sexual desire at the same time as lowering inhibitions; because of this, date night often involves a few drinks. On the other hand, alcohol works against healthy sexual function in a number of ways; one of which is to dull the signals between the penis and the brain. To avoid loss of sensation from alcohol, men should limit themselves to no more than a drink or two.
Even the penis can get bored with the same old routine, and when men are accustomed to going at things using the same approach time after time, the penile nerve cells may simply refuse to cooperate and deliver sensations of pleasure. Trying new techniques, either with or without a partner, can help to stimulate new nerve pathways and create a new range of sensations.
4. Nourish the skin. The skin of the manhood affects penis sensation in a couple of different ways. A toughened, keratinized outer layer of skin is a natural result of daily wear and tear, and it can come between a man and his pleasure as time goes on. At the same time, peripheral damage to the sensory tissue that traces the penis skin can result in minor loss in sensitivity. Supporting the skin and nerve cells by keeping them well-nourished and moisturized can help to prevent, and in some cases, even reverse lost penile sensitivity. Daily application of a penis vitamin formula, especially one formulated with Acetyl L Carnitine (ALCAR), vitamin C and vitamin A, (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can stimulate significant tissue repair and has even been reported to revive sensation in men with sensory loss due to diabetic neuropathy.