Penis Sensitivity and Premature Ejaculation: Causes & Treatment of Penis Sensitivity

What is Penis Sensitivity?

The penis is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. Some amount of sensitivity is, therefore, normal for your penis. However, it is also possible for the penis to be overly sensitive. Having an overly sensitive penis is going to affect your sexual life and also have a direct impact on your day to day activities that are not related to intercourse. For many people, sensitivity in the penis can also cause premature ejaculation, while for others, the penis might become so sensitive that any type of contact or touching becomes uncomfortable. Let us take a look at the causes of penis sensitivity.

Not every penis has the same level of sensitivity, and different parts of the penis also tend to have different levels of sensitivity. Your penis is also like to become less sensitive as you are. Here are some causes of penis sensitivity and how you can treat an overly sensitive penis.

Causes of Penis Sensitivity

In most cases, penis sensitivity is usually caused by an underlying medical condition, which is treatable. Some of the likely causes of penis sensitivity include:

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): The most common cause of penis sensitivity is a UTI. A UTI can also cause you to feel pain in the penis, especially while ejaculating or urinating. UTI is a temporary health condition, and your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection.
  • Phimosis: Phimosis is a condition that happens in men who are not circumcised. In men who have this condition, the foreskin becomes too tight, and it does not pull back from the penis head. This causes the penis to become overly sensitive in many cases.
  • Trauma or Injury to the Penis: An injury to the penis is more common than most people think. You might injure your penis during rough sex, while playing contact sports, or even from falling among other factors. Complications that arise from trauma to the penis can either be temporary or permanent.

While these are three of the most common causes of penis sensitivity, the medical community remains divided over whether or not circumcision can affect penis sensitivity and how.

There is no debate about the fact the foreskin of the penis is extremely sensitive, and this has made many medical experts believe that men who are not circumcised are more likely to experience penis sensitivity than men who have been circumcised. However, research done on this subject has not shown any evidence that circumcision has an effect on penis sensitivity.(1)

Penis Sensitivity and Premature Ejaculation

Men who have penis sensitivity have been known to suffer from premature ejaculation. Penis sensitivity has been found to be a common cause of premature ejaculation (PE).(2) This condition affects nearly 30 percent of men, and you might get diagnosed with premature ejaculation if, during sex, you regularly ejaculate within a minute or less than a minute after penetrating your partner.(3)

In 2017, a study was published in the Nature journal that found a strong link between a worsening condition of premature ejaculation and increased hypersensitivity of the penis. The researching team made use of a device known as a biothesiometer that measures the number of vibrations being applied to the penis that can be tolerated by the participants.(4)

The study revealed that men who had PE were able to tolerate lesser vibrations than men who did not have premature ejaculation.

However, premature ejaculation is not always a result of penis hypersensitivity. In fact, mood disorders, as well as other psychological issues, can also have a direct impact on your relationships and functioning during sex. Some of the common psychological causes of premature ejaculation include:

  • Anxiety
  • Prior sexual abuse
  • Depression
  • Early sexual experiences (usually negative)
  • Poor body image
  • Worry about premature ejaculation and what the partner will perceive
  • Guilty feelings linked with sexual activities or about your chosen partner

There are also some underlying medical conditions that can also cause premature ejaculation. These include:

  • Infection or inflammation of the urethra or the prostrate
  • Abnormal hormone levels
  • Abnormal levels of neurotransmitters (neurotransmitters are chemicals that process signals between your brain cells)

Treatment for a Sensitive Penis

Your doctor is likely to prescribe topical ointments or sprays for reducing sensitivity and can be used safely on the penis as well. These medications are known to reduce the risk and occurrence of developing premature ejaculation.

There are numbing sprays and other types of products that typically contain anesthetic medications, including lidocaine. These medications will treat the condition by having a temporary numbing effect on the skin.

These medications tend to work by slowing down the response of the nerves in order to delay ejaculation. Such medications are available both on prescription and also over-the-counter.

In some cases, doctors also prescribe oral antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to help with penis hypersensitivity. SSRIs work by blocking the effects of serotonin on ejaculation. However, when doctors prescribe oral antidepressants for treating premature ejaculation, it is known as an ‘off-label’ use of the drug.

You can always discuss with your doctor whether SSRIs might be the right option for you. If your doctor recommends the use of SSRIs, then you will begin the treatment with a low dose of the medications. SSRIs are very powerful medications, and some of the stronger SSRIs can also cause erectile dysfunction along with other side effects over a period of time.

Certain forms of talk therapy and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) may also be recommended to help you understand your condition more clearly. CBT or any other type of therapy can help you develop the required tools for managing the psychological impact of penis hypersensitivity.

In cases where penis sensitivity is linked to an infection or an injury, then you must consult a doctor for seeking the right diagnosis and treatment. Early treatment for the condition can prevent any long-lasting complications.

Conclusion

If you feel that you have an overly sensitive penis and this is affecting your daily life and also your sexual activities, then you should consult a doctor or an urologist, a physician who specializes in the health of the male reproductive system and the urinary tract.

If you regularly experience premature ejaculation, then you should let your doctor know. In many cases, no treatment or therapy is required for treating premature ejaculation, and you can continue having a satisfying sexual life with your partner.

Penis sensitivity also helps men get aroused and get an erection. However, due to hypersensitivity, it can cause discomfort during intercourse or even in your day to day life. It might also become a cause of emotional distress in some situations.

If you have a hypersensitive penis, then keep in mind that seeking help from doctors and therapists will help you a great deal. They will be able to prescribe you medications or products that will help you manage this condition.

References:  

  1. Elsevier.com. (2019). Neonatal Circumcision Does Not Reduce Penile Sensitivity in Men. [online] Available at: https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/neonatal-circumcision-does-not-reduce-penile-sensitivity-in-men [Accessed 5 Jul. 2019].
  2. Urology.ucla.edu. (2019). Premature Ejaculation: The Men’s Clinic | Urology at UCLA. [online] Available at: http://urology.ucla.edu/mens-clinic/premature-ejaculation [Accessed 5 Jul. 2019].
  3. Urologyhealth.org. (2019). What is Premature Ejaculation? – Urology Care Foundation. [online] Available at: https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/premature-ejaculation [Accessed 5 Jul. 2019].
  4. Guo, L., Liu, Y., Wang, X., Yuan, M., Yu, Y., Zhang, X. and Zhao, S., 2017. Significance of penile hypersensitivity in premature ejaculation. Scientific reports, 7(1), p.10441.

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