What Causes Loss of Sensation in the Penis?

Nerve damage

Diabetes, surgery, and injury can cause lack of sensation in the penis. As well as depression and low testosterone

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Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

6 Reasons You’re Losing Sensitivity in Your Penis (if you lose an erection during sex)

As men age, the skin of the penis naturally becomes less sensitive. It happens in skin all over your body. However, the lost of sensation in the penis can be compounded by nerve damage, depression, and a decline in cardiovascular health. The most common causes of reduced penis sensitivity include:

  1. Nerve damage from diabetes
  2. Physical trauma or injury (nerve damage again)
  3. Nerve damage or reduced sensitivity from surgery
  4. Low testosterone and reduced libido
  5. Depression and lack of arousal
  6. Partial erections from damaged blood vessels
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How to Regain Sensation in the Penis

Just because nerve endings register “touch” doesn’t mean that it always triggers “arousal.” And arousal—not just sensation—is crucial to getting and keeping an erection. Low testosterone can cause a loss of sexual desire, and stimulation to the genitals might not initiate the typical response that leads to an erection. The penis might sense “touch” in the same way, but that unique sexual sensation that leads to an erection and orgasm is missing.

Similarly, depression and other emotional issues like stress and anxiety can interfere with sensations being felt as sexual, so erections don’t occur. Even damaged blood vessels can reduce penis sensitivity. When your blood vessels don’t function it can prevent erections from reaching their full capacity. And partially erect penises just aren’t as sensitive as full erections.

Fixing any of these underlying health issues will increase your perception of penis sensitivity.

The Importance of Penis Sensitivity

You can lose sensation in your penis for a lot of reasons—even during oral sex or penetration. Erections are complicated. You need all of the following things to go right in order to get an erection and keep sensation in the penis:

  • Mental and physical sexual stimulation
  • Adequate testosterone levels (and other hormones)
  • Precise transmission of messages through the nervous system
  • And clean, well-functioning blood vessels in the penis and throughout the body
  • You even have to have healthy lungs and heart to engage in sex to the point of orgasm

Anything wrong in any of those systems can interfere with getting and maintaining an erection. Most importantly, many of those health problems can also alter how the penis responds or “feels.” If you’re noticing a loss of sensation in the penis, talk to a doctor about what might be causing your erectile dysfunction.

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