Erectile dysfunction doesn’t always mean a total loss of ability to perform sexually. Some men struggle with a loss of sensation, even when they are still able to engage in intercourse. When one man shares his worries about this problem in the WebMD Erectile Dysfunction Community, he soon finds that he’s far from alone.
He reports that he has very little, if any, sensation in the tip of his penis. And he now gets satisfaction only from the up-and-down motion of masturbation. And, sex with his girlfriend has become more of a chore than a pleasure.
Many other men weigh in with their own experiences, saying that they too have had problems with reduced sensation. A lot of discussion takes place in the ED Community about what this could mean. Should someone with this problem stop masturbating in order to somehow “re-train” the penis to restored sensitivity? This is what some men suggest. One man says he had to overcome his masturbation and porn addiction to regain sensation. But others disagree. They suggest a number of other possible causes, including weight gain, a pinched nerve, lower back strain, and side effects from medication or drug use. What most do agree on is that losing feeling in the penis is not “all in your head.”
Several ED Community members suggest that reduced sensation in the penis is most likely a nerve problem. Urologist Sheldon Marks, MD, agrees that before trying anything else, a man with reduced sensation in his penis should consult a neurologist. “It could be from problems in the back, spinal cord, or nerves, or it could be from many other disorders, some easy to treat, some serious,” he explains.