Penis sensation loss can occur in men of all ages. Even individuals in their late teens and early twenties report experiencing loss of feeling in the glans and/or shaft - a potentially devastating problem that can seriously affect a man’s quality of life. As with many other physiological issues, early detection is critical in treating penis problems successfully. Following these simple steps can help to determine whether there is any reduction in sensitivity that warrants attention from a urologist. Testing will be more effective if done with the help of a partner.

1. In a standing position, close your eyes and run your fingers lightly up and down the shaft of the penis and over the head (or have your partner do so). This is best done during an erection. Note any point at which the touch feels less pronounced or is absent altogether.

2. If any areas of reduced feeling or numbness are noted, follow the same procedure, using an ice cube instead of the finger tips. Again, note which parts of the penis appear to be affected.

If loss of penis sensation is detected, further testing may be necessary to determine the underlying cause. Some common reasons for lost penis sensation are as follows:

1. Neurologic pathology – damage to the nerve tissue responsible for transmitting tactile sensations to the brain are often at the root of reduced sensitivity. Men with diabetes are at an increased risk for neurological issues. Trauma to the pelvic nerves and degenerative disk disease may also cause loss of nerve function. A neurologist can determine whether nerve damage is present through a standard procedure known as electromyography, or EMG, which tests for neural activity between the brain and penis.

2. Circulatory problems - chronic pressure in the perineal area (resulting from obesity, cycling, or aggressive horseback riding), restrictive clothing, smoking, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and varicose veins may reduce circulation, resulting in tingling, numbness and chronic loss of sensation.

3. Keratinization of the skin cells – friction from dry rubbing or intercourse, as well as irritation from clothing, detergents, soaps and fragrances, may damage the outer layers of the skin. This tissue responds to the damage by forming a thickened layer of protein cells known as keratin, which functions as a layer of protection against further damage. However, this “armoring” process can detract from the natural sensitivity of the penis, causing loss of pleasure in sexual stimulation, and in some cases, loss of function.

Protecting against desensitization and restoring penis feeling

While it may not always be possible to prevent sensation loss, there are measures that all men can take to reduce the risk of future problems, and in some cases, sensation may even be restored with the proper attention to penis care. Some suggestions for preventing loss of sensation include:

• Wearing loose, non-restrictive clothing;
• Following a healthy diet that is high in protein and fiber and low in fat;
• Quitting smoking;
• Avoiding the use of recreational substances;
• Losing weight;
• Using lubrication during masturbation or sex;
• Changing sexual positions;
• Alternating self-pleasuring techniques and using a soft touch, rather than a firm grip;
• Using mild cleansers and non-allergenic laundry detergents.

In addition, a smoothing and restorative penis vitamin cream containing penis-specific nutrients (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) such as vitamin A (for smooth, supple skin); vitamin C (for immune function, collagen formation and healthy circulatory tissue); alpha lipoic acid (for stimulating blood flow); l-arginine and acetyl-l-carnitine (for nerve cell repair and healthy metabolic function), as well as natural, plant-based moisturizers such as shea butter can help to prevent loss of sensation and may even help to restore lost feeling in the penis.

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For additional information on most common penis health issues, tips on improving penis sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy penis, visit: John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.