What causes penile sensitivity?
The skin of the glans (head) of the human body contains nerves which are connected with various parts of the brain. These nerves transmit sensations from one part of your body to another. A person’s sensitivity depends on many factors such as age, gender, diet, exercise habits, genetics and so on. There are several theories about what causes penile sensitivity:
1. Circumcision – This theory states that circumcision affects the nerves of the glans.
2. Diet – According to this theory, dietary changes affect the nerves of the glans.
3. Exercise – According to this theory, physical activity affects the nerves of the glans.
4. Genetics – According to this theory, there are certain genes that cause increased or decreased sensitivity.
5. Other Factors – According to this theory, other factors influence penile sensitivity.
How do I reduce my glans sensitivity?
There are two types of treatments for reducing glans sensitivity: natural and surgical methods.
1. Natural methods for decreasing glans sensitivity:
The five natural methods of treating increased sensitivity (listed in alphabetical order) are: avoiding certain substances, changing the diet, changing habits, physical activity and practicing techniques.
A. Avoiding Certain Substances:
Some chemicals can cause an allergic reaction on contact with the glans or anywhere else on the body. If you are allergic to a particular substance, then you should avoid it.
B. Changing the Diet:
The skin of the glans is highly susceptible to changes in the diet. A diet that is lacking in certain nutrients can lead to dry and irritated skin and an unhealthy glans. These symptoms can contribute to increased penile sensitivity. In order to reduce glans sensitivity, you should eat a well-balanced diet.
C. Changing Habits:
1. Smoking – Many people have found that quitting smoking reduces their penile sensitivity.
If you are experiencing increased penile sensitivity, then you might want to try giving up smoking.
2. Hygiene – Not taking proper care of the glans can lead to dry and irritated skin.
If you have sensitive skin, then you should take care in maintaining proper hygiene. You should avoid wearing tight underwear and bathing suits that contain irritants such as chlorine. You should also avoid certain soaps and cleaning products.
D. Physical Activity:
Many people believe that physical activity is good for penile sensitivity. Regular exercise can lead to increased blood flow and circulation. It is also believed to help in the production of hormones that have a beneficial effect on the glans. In order to reduce glans sensitivity, you can engage in regular exercise.
E. Practicing Techniques:
Some men have experimented with techniques for desensitizing the glans. These experiments usually involve “stretching” the glans in various ways. For example, men have pulled on their penises (either manually or with weights) in order to stretch the tissues of the glans. Other men have experimented with placing small amounts of crushed ice on the glans and holding it in place for a period of time. These experiments can be dangerous and cause tearing in the delicate tissues of the glans.
It is not known exactly how effective these techniques are.
2. Surgical methods for decreasing glans sensitivity:
The two types of surgical procedures are: removing tissues and injecting medications.
A. Tissue Removal:
This surgery involves removing a portion of the glans in order to reduce penile sensitivity. This surgery can be performed using a laser or a scalpel. Laser surgery is quicker and usually results in less bleeding, but it can only be used for removing extremely small amounts of tissue. Laser surgery is most commonly used for men who are experiencing minor irritation in the glans. Scalpel surgery is slower and more invasive, but it can be used to remove larger amounts of tissue.
This surgery is usually only considered for men who are experiencing severe pain due to extreme penile sensitivity.
B. Medication Injections:
This surgery involves injecting medications into the tissues of the glans in order to reduce penile sensitivity. The most common type of medication is a steroid that reduces the inflammation and swelling in the glans. This procedure is quick and easy to perform, and it has few risks. The only real side effect of this treatment is the potential for the steroid to enter into your bloodstream and cause unwanted side effects.
These procedures are not usually considered until you have exhausted all other treatments. These procedures involve placing an implant inside of the corpus cavernosum in order to maintain an erection. This is a complicated and risky surgery that should be considered a last resort. The implants can cause reactions to the skin and are not necessarily permanent. Also, you may have trouble getting an erection or maintaining it during sexual activity.
It is important to start treatment as soon as possible in order to prevent the glans from becoming overly sensitive. However, if you do experience too much sensitivity then starting treatment can be a little more complicated. Since genitalia reacts differently to every medication and treatment, it is best to consult with a doctor before beginning any course of action.
You should also be aware that some treatments may include the use of medication. There are several different types of drugs that can help to desensitize the penile tissue, and each has various side effects. For example, some treatments might include common medications such as Aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs can have unpleasant side effects such as stomach bleeding or liver damage. In more rare cases, your physician may prescribe a stronger medication.
These prescription drugs can have severe side effects such as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It is important to consult with your physician before beginning any treatment in order to determine the best course of action for your condition.
Some men may find that their condition worsens over the years. This is known as organic EHS, and can occur regardless of any treatment. If this does occur then you will have to treat the symptoms in order to maintain your quality of life.
Treatments for organic EHS include:
1. Medications such as antidepressants
2. Surgery to cut the nerves in the penile skin
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