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20 Tips to Make Your Penis More Sensitive

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20 Tips to Make Your Penis More Sensitive

The sensitivity in your penis is responsible for triggering all those wonderful sensations you experience during sexual activity; without it or with a lower penile sensitivity, sexual performance and pleasure can dip. Consistently lower sexual satisfaction for you and your partner can cause stress and frustration and lead to more serious relationship issues.

Penis sensitivity is a far more common problem than you'd think, and thankfully there are plenty of options to treat it and regain the sensitivity and function you want.

Why does penile sensitivity happen?

There are many reasons someone might experience changes in penis sensitivity: medical conditions and medications, trauma and injury to the genitals, low testosterone levels, psychological issues (stress, depression, exhaustion), changes in sexual practices and masturbation habits, lifestyle changes, or just getting older (as this review of studies shows)

With so many possibilities, it's crucial to understand the factors behind your situation before deciding on the best way to deal with it.

Today, we're going to discuss how you can regain sensitivity in your penis and which of our tips can help with each of the underlying causes.

What's the difference between penile sensitivity and penile numbness?

A dip in penis sensitivity is just that; a slow or sudden drop in the sensation you feel in your penis.

Penile numbness, on the other hand, describes a complete lack of sensation in the genitals, including your testicles, perineum, and anus.

Penile and genital numbness suggest a far more serious issue, so we'd always recommend consulting a doctor or healthcare professional for professional medical advice.

Boosting penis sensitivity to improve sexual function

We all deserve to enjoy a satisfying sex life, so to boost failing penis sensitivity and regain the fulfilling sexual experience you crave, here are twenty tips to help you regain penis sensitivity and sexual pleasure.

1. Switch sexual positions

Changing positions adds to the excitement and novelty of sex (which helps to create arousal).

It's also an opportunity to find out which positions boost friction, pressure, and sensation in your penis.

Your partner can help increase friction by closing their legs around your penis. Plenty of positions can deliver a more fulfilling sexual experience simply by changing the angle of entry, depth of penetration, and the part of their body rubbing your penis.

We've created content about positions that offer increased penetration and pressure for other issues, but they can be just as effective for those with reduced penile sensitivity.

Exploring your best-performing sexual positions

  • Try sex with your partner lying on their stomach, on top, from behind, or engaging in oral sex.

Discover how different positions can add to your sex life

    2. Add some excitement to your sex life

    If the spark has left your sex life, getting turned on becomes a bigger challenge if your penis sensitivity has lowered with age or any other reason. Mixing up your sexual repertoire can be the kickstart your brain and body needs.

    How to add excitement to your sex life

    • Experiment with kinks, temperature play, roleplay, sex in new places, and exploring fantasies.
    • Focus on other erogenous zones and pleasure points (nipples, necks, thighs, earlobes, etc.) to trigger arousal in the brain, transmitting those messages to your genitals.
    • Extend foreplay for heightened anticipation and arousal.
    • Communication can bring you closer together, triggering some of the original feelings that used to enhance excitement, anticipation, and arousal within sex play.
    • Adding sex toys is another great option...

      3. Add sex toys to help increase sensation

      Vibratory stimulation can enhance sensation and help to trigger ejaculation. Vibrators aren't just for vaginas, after all, and can add a host of new sensations for anyone with a penis.

      Sex toys can be used to train or enhance penis sensitivity through improved blood flow, using penis pumps, for example, or through habituation (training your penis to react better to stimulation and reprogram your reproductive system), using vibrators and masturbators or changing your masturbation habits.

      Which sex toys can help to increase sexual pleasure?

      • Vibrating cock/penis rings.
      • Vibrating butt plugs.
      • Prostate massagers.
      • Male masturbators.
      • Male vibrators.
      • If you use condoms, try textured options or add a drop of lube inside to increase pleasure.
      Lynk Pleasure Penis Pumps The Excelsior Smart Automatic Penis Pump
      Lynk Pleasure Male Masturbator TOUCH Compact Real Stroker Sleeve

      4. Use less lubricant

      Whether through natural or commercial lubricants, sex that's too slippery doesn't always deliver the necessary friction the penis needs to enhance sensitivity. If you aren't responding to the slippery wet sensations that many with a penis enjoy, reducing the amount of lubrication will add a little extra friction that your body may prefer.

      How to use less lubricant to increase penis sensitivity

      • Try relying on natural lubricants or reducing the amount of lube you usually apply during sex.
      • Keep a pack of wipes handy to remove excess lubrication and increase friction.

      5. Use more lubricant

      It may sound like we're doubling back on our last tip, but if your problem arises from too much friction desensitizing your penis, more lubricant could be the solution. Excessive friction can come from overly lengthy bouts of sex (if decreased sensitivity is preventing you from reaching orgasm) or constant mechanical friction over a long period (regular, aggressive masturbation).

      The more you do something, the more your body gets used to it.

      The term for this is habituation: 'the diminishing response to frequently repeated stimulus.' To combat decreased penis sensitivity, we apply habituation in reverse, retraining the penis by removing the action it has come to rely on and retraining it to enjoy less harmful, more natural contact.

      In those cases, we're looking at the opposite practice to retrain your penis so that when a healthy dose of friction is added, your penis reacts to it as it should.

      How to use more lubricant to retrain penis sensitivity

      • Abstain from aggressive, overly pressurized penile contact and replace with softer, more slippery sex and masturbation practices to retrain penis sensitivity over time.

      6. Change your masturbation frequency and habits

      As healthy as masturbation is, you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to penile sensitivity. If you have to masturbate longer, harder, or use more explicit or niche stimulation to become aroused and ejaculate, it's likely your body and mind have become desensitized to what are considered normal and healthy turn-ons.

      If you consider the stimulation of frantic, tight-gripped masturbation, it will be much harder to match those sensations during partnered sex with a vagina.

      If your porn use or excessive masturbation has desensitized your ability to become aroused from your usual sex, you may need to retrain yourself to appreciate the difference between a healthy sexual practice and pure fantasy.

      How to experiment with masturbation to increase penis sensitivity naturally

      • Cut down the frequency or refrain from masturbating for longer periods.
      • Suspend masturbation until you're sexually functional during penetrative sex.
      • Suspend porn consumption until your body readjusts to healthy desires.
      • Explore edging and lighter masturbation techniques, which brings us to...

        7. Loosen your grip when masturbating

        If reduced sensitivity has led you to masturbate in different ways to achieve climax, it's time to retrain your penis to something nearer healthy sexual stimulation. Excessive use of aggressive techniques—often called white-knuckling or the death grip—will lead to decreased sensitivity and a less sensitive penis.

        ... in PE men, genital stimulation (as opposed to erotic stimulation in general) is particularly germane to dysfunctional response. 

        Tips for changing your masturbatory grip habit

        • Use a masturbator or other masturbation sex toys that promote friction through texture, not pressure.
        • Masturbate with lube to explore softer, smoother, slippier sensations.

          8. Don't be afraid to ask for help

          Reduced sensitivity and sexual function affect both partners. While you may think it's purely your problem, it isn't something you should deal with by yourself.

          Most partners are understanding and will do everything they can to help. Getting things out in the open can remove the stress and performance anxiety associated with decreased sexual function.

          We regularly repeat this: open communication is one of the most crucial factors for great sex.

          Communication is essential for connection, intimacy, trust, and feeling at one with your partner. Talking openly with your partner leads to the ultimate sexual satisfaction.

          How and who to ask for help

          • Talk about the changes to your body and their effects on your sexual performance.
          • Be honest and open about the symptoms, possible causes, and things you could try together to improve matters.
          • If you feel uncomfortable talking to your partner, a therapist or sex counselor is a good alternative. They'll help you deal with the problem and also help you bring up the issue with your partner.

            9. Reflect on your stress levels and mental health

            Your mental health, physical health, and sexual health are all closely linked. If you're stressed, anxious, depressed, or just overwhelmed by work or your home life, these things can all affect sexual sensitivity, leading to erectile dysfunction.

            With regard to psychological determinants, fear, guilt, resentment, and passively have all been implicated, although objective studies are rare.

            How to address mental health conditions that affect sexual health

            • Consider advanced relaxation methods, meditation, breathing exercises, healthier lifestyle changes like getting outside more often, and mindfulness practices.
            • Take time for self-care—a hot bath, a little time off, or a break from major stressors.
            • Talk to a mental healthcare professional—mental health therapy, couples therapy, or psychological hypnosis practices are ideally placed to help you.

              10. If the problem persists, consult with a doctor

              While a mental healthcare professional is the ideal person for psychological issues, your doctor is your best first step if the problem appears to be more medical than emotional.

              Your penis is just another part of your body, so there's no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed about diminished penile sensitivity.

              How to talk about sexual health with your doctor

              • Be open and honest about your symptoms and what's worrying you.
              • They will help you explore the possibilities behind poor penile sensation and explain different treatment options and practices.
              • They may suggest checking your testosterone levels.
              • They'll also discuss any medication that could cause you to lose sensitivity...

                11. Consult your doctor if you take medication

                Various conditions and illnesses can cause the penis to lose sensitivity or bring about erectile dysfunction, as can the medications used to treat them can.

                For example, diabetes (diabetes was considered as a possible factor of penile sensitivity in this study) and multiple sclerosis can damage the nerves and blood vessels that affect the reproductive system.

                Medications for Parkinson's disease can reduce penile sensitivity, and many anti-depressants can cause erectile dysfunction.

                Such antidepressants, including common SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), have been shown to impact erectile performance. For those in this position, ED medication (sildenafil, branded as Viagra) has been shown to offer a simple solution to a common issue.

                Erectile function, arousal, ejaculation, orgasm, and overall satisfaction domain measures improved significantly in sildenafil compared with placebo patients. -

                Talking to your doctor about conditions and medications that affect erectile dysfunction and sexual arousal

                • Make a list of medications so your doctor knows exactly which ones may be causing problems.
                • As with any medical communication, be open and honest, even if it sometimes feels difficult.

                  12. Check your testosterone levels

                  Your doctor may suggest a simple blood test to check your testosterone levels. Testosterone is the male sex hormone responsible for libido, so is essential for arousal and good sexual health.

                  If your testosterone levels are low, testosterone replacement therapy can boost production through:


                  Skin patches, gels, creams, lotions, and liquids Generally lasting about four days.
                  Injections Under the skin or into the muscle weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.
                  Oral patches That aren't chewed or swallowed.
                  Surgically implanted pellets Inserted into the fatty tissue under the skin—lasting for three to six months.
                  Intranasal Medicine pumped into each nostril several times a day.

                  13. Consider erectile dysfunction therapy

                  Erectile dysfunction therapy covers various treatment options: oral medication (Viagra, Cialis, etc.), testosterone therapy, penile injections, intraurethral medication, vacuum erection devices, surgery, and implants.

                  While only the most severe cases—typically caused by damage or trauma to the reproductive organs—require surgery or invasive action, vacuum pumps and oral medication are regularly prescribed to improve blood flow and sensitivity in the penis.

                  Men with age-related penile hypoanesthesia should be educated, reassured, and instructed in revised sexual techniques which maximize arousal.

                  Retrograde ejaculation is managed by education, patient reassurance, and pharmacotherapy. 

                  14. Experiment with penis sensitivity creams and sprays

                  While most over-the-counter creams and sprays are designed to decrease sensitivity, there is a selection of oils, creams, and sprays suggested to increase penis sensitivity.

                  One of the main ingredients of these treatments is cinnamon oil, which has been shown to relax the human corpus cavernosum (HCC). The HCC are the two columns of spongy tissue that run through the shaft of the penis, packed with the blood vessels required to make an erection.

                  This study showed how the components in cinnamon oil relax the HCC, which can help increase sensitivity.

                  15. Engage in healthy diet and exercise

                  Lifestyle plays a key part in our physiological health, so it's important to engage in practices that encourage blood flow to our reproductive system and combat erectile dysfunction.

                  How lifestyle changes can help combat sexual dysfunction

                  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet that provides the nutrients your body needs.
                  • Regular exercise (especially cardiovascular exercise) can enhance blood flow and widen blood vessels.
                  • Take time for stress-reducing activities.

                  16. Practice Kegel exercises

                  Our next three tips all revolve around the pudendal nerve.

                  The pudendal nerve runs through the pelvic floor muscles (that support organs) and ends at the external genitalia. It's a crucial component for the performance of the reproductive system and anus in both males and females.

                  Protecting the pudendal nerve is crucial for penis sensitivity.

                  We can do this through stress management, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, lowering our blood pressure, and, the ones we're looking at in this section, exercising the pelvic floor, reducing how long you sit, and cycling.

                  The best workout for the pelvic floor is performing Kegel exercises.

                  Performing Kegel exercises to maintain the pelvic floor

                  • Contract the muscles used to stop urine flow; hold for five counts, and then relax.
                  • Repeat 10 to 15 times.
                  • Perform at least three times per day.

                  17. Reduce your sitting time

                  Sitting puts pressure on your perineum (located between the genitals and anus). The pudendal nerve runs through the perineum—the erogenous zone that assists sexual arousal and response.

                  Reducing pressure on the perineum and your prostate gland

                  • Find ways to spend less time sitting.
                  • Take regular breaks to stand, walk, and move around.
                  • Consider alternative ways to carry out the jobs you usually do sitting in a standing position.

                    18. Reduce your bike riding time (or invest in a split bike seat)

                    Another common situation where compressing blood vessels and nerves in the perineum happens is cycling. Exercising is essential for maintaining our best health, so we wouldn't want to stop anyone from riding their bike. So...

                    How to protect your perineum when cycling

                    • Consider alternative sports as part of a cross-training schedule to reduce time in the saddle.
                    • Alternate from sitting and standing, where possible, to release pressure from the perineum.
                    • Avoid narrow seats that put direct pressure on the perineum, or invest in a split seat or a no-nose saddle (as recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) to reduce nerve damage.

                      19. Reduce your alcohol intake

                      Alcohol is renowned for affecting sexual performance. It's also a depressant, which, as we discussed in the medication section, can cause less sensation, too, while the effects of long-term chronic alcohol use are key factors in erectile dysfunction.

                      Monitoring alcohol intake

                      • While there's no magic figure for how much we should drink to protect our performance, fewer drinks can help.
                      • If you're concerned about erection quality, stick to one or two drinks if you're planning on having sex that evening.

                        20. Quit smoking

                        As it is with alcohol, smoking is a serious contributor to poor heart health and our overall physical and sexual performance. Smoking restricts blood flow, preventing the necessary oxygen from reaching the blood vessels and nerves in the penis.

                        How to combat smoking to improve penile sensitivity

                        • Stop smoking. Despite being a difficult task for many, stopping smoking is one of the simplest ways to improve our general and sexual health.


                        We hope you found our tips to increase penis sensitivity useful and informative. There are many ways to explore how physical stimulation affects male sensitivity and how medication and other practical tools enhance the nerve function in your penis.

                        Please remember, though, our tips are suggestions designed to help milder cases of penis sensitivity and aren't an alternative to medical advice. For more serious symptoms of sexual dysfunction or symptoms that last for extended periods, always consult your healthcare provider.

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