4 Myths About Reduced Penis Sensitivity

Male organ sensitivity is a tricky subject. While sensitivity is all relative, a general measure all men can usually agree on is ease of release. Most men have little difficulty getting off, but a number of factors, ranging from manual stimulation frequency to biological issues can cause reductions in male organ sensitivity.

This aspect of male organ health is closely bound to men’s physical fulfillment. A decreased ability to complete the act is obviously a detriment to a fulfilling romantic life. Male organ sensitivity is hardly the only factor that can cause men to become unable to achieve male emission (psychological factors could also be at play), but it’s definitely worth thinking about.

If a man thinks he might have decreased male organ sensitivity, he’s probably considering all the reasons why this could be. Here are a few myths surrounding the subject and some clear-cut advice for increasing sensation.

Myth 1: Surgical ablation Drastically Reduces Sensitivity

Many men are lead to believe that surgical ablation, the practice of cutting back the sheath of the male organ, leads to a dramatic reduction in sensitivity throughout life. Thankfully for the many, many cut men — 64.9 percent of men born in 1981 were cut, a number that has remained relatively high for men of millennial age and above — this idea seems to have been a little overblown.

According to an article written for Broadly, most of the hubbub surrounding this idea comes from a 2007 study in which researchers applied a light touch to the heads of both cut and intact male organs. Because the intact men felt less pressure, the researchers concluded that sensitivity was directly impacted by surgical ablation.

However, a more recent study found that this particular metric wasn’t actually a good predictor of male organ sensitivity, and that the rates of sensual feeling were actually quite similar in both cut and intact men.

“We measured heat detection and heat pain by attaching a thermode to the male organ,” lead researcher Jennifer Bossio told Broadly. “Men would indicate either when they would feel a change in temperature or when it hurt. The nerve fibers in the male organ that are activated by temperature and pain are more relevant in proper function-or the feel of an intimate touch-than the light touch that past researchers had done. Even though [the sheath] is more sensitive to light touch, I suspect that isn’t implicated in sensual pleasure. I think that’s the take-home message of this study.”

Myth 2: Inability to Achieve Emission is Purely Psychological

In fact, experts note that many men suffer from reduced sensitivity on a purely physical level. In some men, the frustration can even lead to male dysfunction (ED) and the inability to achieve emission. This can make a fulfilling intimate life particularly difficult to come by, and it can be even more disheartening to deal with if a couple is trying to get pregnant.

Myth 3: Self-pleasuring is Completely Harmless

While there’s no harm in going solo in moderation, over-stimulation can perpetuate the problem of reduced sensitivity. There are a few ways that manual play can make the problem worse. For instance, getting off while watching adult materials has been linked to viewing one’s real-life partner as less attractive than is ideal, making it harder to become excited in actual encounters. Additionally, solo stimulation of the male organ beyond the level at which it is stimulated during natural intimacy can make it hard to complete the act when with a partner (a problem that is sometimes referred to as “death grip syndrome”).

In an article for Vice, Ed Smith wrote about his experience giving up manual stimulation for 21 days.

“… holding it in… could increase your anticipation of actually having relations,” Professor Jim Pfaus of Montreal’s Concordia University told Smith. “Learning how to maintain tumescence and hold off emission makes the experience more intensely pleasurable.”

Myth 4: There’s Nothing You Can Do About It

For those dealing with male organ sensitivity issues, there are small changes they can make that may help. Male organsensitivity.org recommends eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, and performing Kegel exercises (they’re not just for women!) on a regular basis.

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