Numb Penis Got You Down?

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Symptoms of a numb penis can vary widely from man to man. Some men may not feel what they normally would when a partner tries to touch or stimulate them. Other men get the feeling similar to that of a leg that “falls asleep.”

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There are several other symptoms of penile numbness and often depend on the underlying cause of the issue. Here are some to look out for:

  • Coldness in the penis or testicles
  • Loss of sensation in the entire groin area
  • Blue or purplish tinge to the skin
  • A needle-like feeling or burning and tingling

Numb Penis: 8 Potential CausesEuropean the man holding his hands over groin in pain-numb penis


There are lots of ways penile numbness can develop, some are more serious than others. Here are eight potential causes of a numb penis:

  • Sitting for too long – Sitting too long, especially on poorly padded chairs, can put pressure on the penis or perineum, making it numb.
  • Riding a bike – Riding a bike in and of itself puts pressure on the perineum. Bumps on the road and friction also play a role as the penis is constricted and may be slammed against the seat repeatedly.
  • Wearing “too tight” clothing – The penis needs room and air to breathe. By wearing constricting bottoms, especially those that are rough, can irritate the penis and also cause redness and chafing.
  • Injury – When the penis is injured, it can become numb. Usually, this results from damage to the blood vessels or certain nerves.
  • Irritation or Allergy – Penile skin is very sensitive and can be easily irritated by new laundry detergents, soaps, and other hygiene products.
  • Sex or masturbation induced injury – An erect penis is not a flexible penis, making it easy to injury during vigorous or rough sex. The same can happen when masturbating due to excessive friction, especially if not enough lubricant is used. This can cause numbness, pain, numbness, and even changes in penile color. Using some sexual aids such as cock rings and penis pumps can also damage the penis.
  • Neuropathy due to disease – Some diseases cite general neuropathy as a symptom or effect of the disease, including but not limited to lupus, cancer, MS, diabetes, and Peyronie's disease. This can also affect the penis and the entire reproductive area.
  • Low Testosterone (Low T) – When testosterone levels drop, men may notice a loss of sensation in their penis and overall less intense feelings during sex.

Numb Penis: Treatment

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Treatment largely depends on the cause of the numbness. If you aren't sure what is causing it, head to a doctor for a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Here are a few things you can do to treat numbness:

  • Treat the disease first – If your numb penis is the result of an existing condition, treat the condition first! For instance, men with diabetes should maintain a healthy weight and monitor their blood sugar daily.
  • Change lifestyle habits – Taking standing breaks, using padded seats and chairs, stand when possible, and avoid uncomfortable furniture.
  • Medication – For chronic or long-term medical conditions, doctors can prescribe appropriate medications to prevent nerve damage or help break down scar tissue in the penis.

Numb Penis: Prevention

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The best way to prevent a numb penis is to take optimal care of it. Protect the penis when playing contact sports, practice moderation and care when involved in any sexual activity, and watch how you sit, how long, and what you're sitting on. Some men also like to use a specially formulated penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) to keep the penis soft and sensitive. Some crèmes like this one contain ingredients to boost sensitivity and prevent nerve damage. Apply daily for best results.

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