Penis Sensitivity

Penis sensitivity is a relatively common problem for men of all ages. While the even more common complaint tends to be a reduction in sensitivity, a hypersensitive penis can interfere with sexual pleasure. In more severe cases, penile sensitivity can be the result of several factors – everything from phimosis (an inability to retract foreskin), to something as simple as a urinary tract infection. Even more serious issues can be related to trauma to the glans or a problem with the prostate. However, by far the most common complaint an oversensitive penis is premature ejaculation. Men who suffer from PE as a result of penile hypersensitivity may experience a number of emotional side effects, too, including depression and anxiety.

Penile Hypersensitivity and Premature Ejaculation

Penile hypersensitivity has long been debated as a leading cause of premature ejaculation. Part of this debate stems from some studies that have shown no statistically-significant variation in the penis sensitivity between men with PE and those without. But, results from other studies have actually found otherwise. Some studies have shown there actually does seem to be a clear relationship between penile sensitivity and premature ejaculation (PE).

In the Journal of Urology, Xin et al studied the difference in penile sensitivity in 120 patients with PE and 66 volunteers without it. In the study, Xin used an instrument that’s able to determine vibratory thresholds called a biothesiometer. They found that penile sensitivity as determined by vibratory thresholds was actually much greater in those men with PE, than compared to volunteers without. Also of interest was a lack of the normal age-dependent decrease in penile sensitivity in those patients with PE.

Xin et al published a separate article in the Journal of Urology that measured penile sensitivity using a different device, this time measuring somatosensory evoked potentials (tests measure the electrical activity of the brain that results from the stimulation of touch). Furthering his theory, this data was consistent with Xin’s earlier findings – the results once again seem to show that men with PE have significantly greater evoked potentials consistent with penile hypersensitivity in comparison to normal men.

Contrary View of Penile Sensitivity

Despite the studies that show a seeming correlation between PE and penis sensitivity, the debate rages on. But in contrast to the previously mentioned studies, other articles have been published that question the role of penile hypersensitivity in the etiology of PE. In 1993, Rowland et al studied 63 men, and the ultimate findings concluded that it appears that hypersensitivity does not play a role in the etiology of PE. And more recently, Salonia et al looked at sensory thresholds in 42 patients with lifelong PE and an additional 41 control subjects. Salonia found that warm and cold sensation thresholds were similar between those patients with PE and the study control subjects – his study findings suggest there may not be a link between sensitivity and premature ejaculation.

And, in yet another study, Paick, JS, et al, Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea conducted a 1998 study titled "Penile sensitivity in men with premature ejaculation.” Their findings concluded: According to our results, penile hypersensitivity, as measured by an SMV-5 vibrometer, does not appear to be a major factor contributing to premature ejaculation.

How to Decrease Penis Sensitivity

How to Decrease Penis Sensitivity

Men who suffer from penile hypersensitivity are often looking for ways to decrease the sensitivity and ultimately have a better, more satisfying sex life. Sensitivity can sometimes be reduced using a regular condom, a double-thick condom, or even a desensitizing condom. However, most men are dissatisfied with condoms because they decrease the sensitivity over the entire penis, greatly reducing sexual pleasure. Also, condoms don’t provide a way to adjust to each man’s sensitivity needs – you’re either wearing one or you're not.

If you’re looking for a way to reduce sensitivity and enjoy more robust sexual experiences, you may want to try one of the following products which may help relieve penile sensitivity.

  • SPRAYS – Last-longer sprays and gels are available without a prescription and have been shown to be effective in reducing penial sensitivity in some men. These topical products are also referred to as male genital desensitizers and are easy to apply.
  • WIPES – Benzocaine-based topical wipes can desensitize the penis by numbing it, potentially resulting in longer lasting sexual experiences.
  • CREAMS – Creams are yet another product on the market intended to help men with overly sensitive penises. Easy to apply, creams work to numb the penis, decreasing sensitivity.

These products allow for application to a man’s most sensitive locations on his penis as well as dose control, particularly lidocaine-based spray products that are packaged in metered dose spray bottles.

In spite of the conflicting data on the role of penis sensitivity and PE, The American Urological Association includes a prescription, off-label topical anesthetic (EMLA) as an accepted treatment option for reducing penile hypersensitivity in their consensus panel on PE published in 2004.

Male Genital Desensitizing

Men looking for an effective solution for how to decrease penis sensitivity that leads to premature ejaculation may be interested in discovering a product like Promescent. Promescent is the only product available in the U.S. that’s clinically proven in studies to help men last longer in bed. Promescent’s patented TargetZone™ technology allows for targeted absorption, so an application to a just a small area of the penis will provide ejaculation control while maintaining a high level of sexual sensation. The lidocaine-based formula absorbs into the penis, minimizing transference to a partner, which is a common complaint of other wipes, sprays and creams on the market.

With research backing and clinical data that supports its effectiveness, Promescent is endorsed by numerous physicians and sex therapists. And Promescent is made in the U.S. in a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical facility.

Penile sensitivity is common in men of all ages, and in some studies, it’s been linked to premature ejaculation. Hypersensitivity often results in depression, frustration and anxiety as men struggle to overcome their issues, but there may be a solution.