Reduced penis sensation, or RPS, is popularly believed to be a side effect of aging. However, men as young as their teens and early twenties, as well as older men, often report lack of penis sensitivity. In some cases, the problem affects only certain parts of the penis, but some men are able to experience very little in the way of tactile stimulation, making it difficult for them to enjoy sexual activity.
Men with RPS often experience loss of confidence, frustration, and even depression and anxiety; in some cases, men may also develop erectile dysfunction. However, understanding the causes of RPS and making the right choices about penis care may be effective in restoring sensation and increasing enjoyment of intimacy.
Definition of RPS
According to the article “All about Penis Sensitivity Issues,” reduced penile sensation is diagnosed when a man has normal erectile function and sex drive, but has difficulty achieving sufficient physical arousal to reach an orgasm – often because physical stimulation has little effect on the penis.
Causes of RPS
A number of factors can contribute to reduced penile sensitivity, most of them related either to circulatory or nerve issues. Reduced circulation to the area due to obesity, cardiovascular problems, diabetes or prolonged sitting can result in some loss of sensation. Nerve damage related to penis trauma, circumcision, prostatectomy or spinal injuries may also result in lost sensation.
Another leading cause of sensory loss to the penis is simply a thickened outer layer of skin, which may develop as a result of friction (from rough clothing, aggressive masturbation, and other forms of chafing). This keratinized layer of skin can block tactile stimuli from manual stroking, oral sex or penetration, limiting a man’s ability to experience sensual pleasure.
RPS or ED?
While RPS may eventually lead to erectile dysfunction, they are not the same thing. Men with decreased sensitivity may have no problems at all with their libido, and they may obtain erections through visual stimulation or mental imagery.
Men who are concerned about erectile dysfunction and do not achieve erections during the day may attempt the following test:
Before going to bed for the night, tape a thin strip of paper securely around the penis. If the ring of paper is broken in the morning, this is a fairly good sign that a nocturnal erection has occurred. As an alternative, a doctor can test erectile function by applying an electrical current to the penis to stimulate an erection. If arousal is achieved, then the problem is most likely related to RPS. If no erection occurs, then treating for ED may be necessary.
Impact of reduced penis sensation
As already noted, RPS may lead to erectile dysfunction. Men with reduced sensitivity may also find it difficult to reach an orgasm; in some cases, they may not be able to achieve orgasm at all.
Aside from the physiological issues associated with RPS, men may suffer from loss of self-esteem, anxiety that they may never be able to enjoy sex again, and even depression. Relationship difficulties are also a common occurrence.
How to increase penis sensation
Men who are experiencing lack of sensation can take a number of steps to improve the situation. First and foremost, it is important to optimize all other aspects of health; this can help to rule out some physiological causes for RPS, as well as improving a man’s overall self-image and sense of well-being and confidence. Quitting smoking (a big factor in loss of function), limiting intake of alcohol and maintaining a healthy body weight are an important part of this process.
Visual imagery during intimate sessions can also do a great deal for penile stimulation; whether this comes from watching an adult film or from visualizing erotic scenes depends on the preference of the individual.
Rejuvenating and softening the penis skin and supporting circulatory and nerve health with the right nutrients is also recommended. A specially designed penis vitamin formula (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can provide the penile tissue with the nutrients it needs to regain its supple tone and responsiveness to erotic stimulation.