Increase Penis Sensitivity: Putting an End to Shame & Frustration

Mihai Voinea
Medically reviewed by Mihai Voinea Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) — Research analysis by Alex Eriksson

Reduced penis sensitivity is a condition where a man has no problems with his erectile function and boasts high sex drive, but does not enjoy sex the way he used to—making it difficult to achieve orgasm. Yes, there are those who endlessly search for ways to increase penis sensitivity.

Older people are prone to experience reduced penis sensitivity, but even men in their prime can be affected. Circumcised men (who live without a ridged band) also experience not-so-pleasant changes in this context, with circumcision being associated with reduced penile gratification.

​It’s not just about circumcised males though, as poor penile sensitivity is also experienced by men suffering from erectile dysfunction. Despite being seemingly harmless health-wise, the condition does cause anxiety and depression.

What Needs to Be Done?

Stop Masturbating

​While it obviously gives sexual pleasure, masturbation can desensitize the penis. When masturbating, you subject your glans penis to both friction and heat—too much of these makes the penile skin rough, reducing the sensation you get from stimulation.

​If you’re starting to experience desensitization in your penis, you might want to keep your hands off it for a while. However, if it’s just too hard for you to go “cold turkey”, you should at least use a Fleshlight (after all, it’s softer).

Young naked man watching pornography

Avoid Watching Porn

Watching porn does not directly affect penis sensitivity, though it affects performance during sexual intercourse in a psychological manner. Porn intensifies sexual fantasies and fetishes, meaning it could alter your expectations when it comes to sex.

​Additionally, if you often watch porn, there’s a possibility that you’ll get so used to a certain genre that it becomes less appealing to you. That’s why you usually don’t get turned on by the same video over and over again.

​If expectations are not met during actual sex, you fail to feel pleasure—and this will decrease the sensitivity of your penis (or even prevent you from having an erection). So, if you’ve been watching too much porn as of late, try to avoid porn for a while and see whether things get better.

Moisturize Your Member

This is the easiest and fastest way to relieve a penis with dulled nerve endings. Dry and damaged penile skin contributes to lack of sensitivity, and so moisturizing it should help reduce both dryness and roughness—while at the same time, allowing it to heal. 

​To avoid irritation, be sure to pick a moisturizer that’s suited for sensitive skin and apply it once or twice daily (ideally after taking a bath). There’s no need to go for an expensive penis health creme, as most over-the-counter moisturizing creams will suffice for this purpose.

​Even simple changes to your routine, such as spending an hour to exercise and making proper dietary choices, will go a long way in your fight against desensitization.

By using pregnenolone cream or pregnenolone supplements, the levels of the compound in the body increases, and this brings about various benefits such as fatigue relief, and delay of the aging process.

​Live a Healthy Lifestyle

As you probably already know, bad habits can cause all sorts of problems—even to your privates. If you really want to regain your sensitivity down there, you should stop smoking and avoid excessive alcohol intake.

​You should also broaden your knowledge of men's health and adopt a healthier lifestyle as soon as possible. ​Making proper dietary choices, will go a long way in your fight against desensitization.

Also, many penile concerns actually stem from poor blood flow—after all, if blood can’t circulate properly, it will be difficult for the penis to “respond” to sexual stimuli. Improve circulation in your blood vessels by increasing your body’s nitric oxide (NO) levels. 

To do that, you could start by adding pomegranates to your diet. Aside from being a potent NO and testosterone booster, the fruit is loaded with amino acidsand is known to alleviate erectile dysfunction and penile cancer symptoms.


There’s no need to invest in volume pills at this point (though taking chaga mushroom, Japanese knotweed, and other natural supplements should be fine). Cover all the basics first and maybe start exercising your pubo coccygeus (PC) muscle.

​Should You Consult a Doctor?

Having penis sensation problem is understandably embarrassing and frustrating, even when you’re not engaged in any sexual activity. However, there’s no need to lose hope as there are various ways to restore your manhood’s former glory.

If you’ve tried our suggestions to increase penis sensitivity and yet nothing seems to be working though, you could be facing a more serious condition. In that case, it would be necessary to consult a physician.

Alex Eriksson (Research Analysis)

Alex Eriksson is the founder of Anabolic Health, a men’s health blog dedicated to providing honest and research-backed advice for optimal male hormonal health. Anabolic Health aspires to become a trusted resource where men can come and learn how to fix their hormonal problems naturally, without pharmaceuticals.

Mihai Voinea (Editor)

Mihai is a medical doctor and entrepreneur with a burning obsession for performance and health. Mihai is also an IronMan, ultramarathon runner, and co-founder of Marsilian, which owns two e-learning platforms for future medical students and doctors.

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