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Is there a link between penile sensitivity and premature ejaculation?

Ian Kerner, PhD
Sexual Health
It’s possible that men with premature ejaculation (PE) may have greater sensitivity in their penises, which would help explain why they ejaculate too quickly. Some research supports this theory: Guys with chronic, lifelong PE have been shown to have heighten penile sensitivity, compared to those without PE. Creams, sprays, and other products used to numb the penis seem to be fairly effective.

On the other hand, there’s also evidence to suggest just the opposite: that men with PE have less sensitive penises. One recent study published in the June 6, 2009, issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine looked at 83 men, half of whom had lifelong PE and half of whom didn’t have any ejaculatory disorders. The researchers used a tool that applied hot, cold, and vibration-type sensations to the men’s penises to determine the amount of sensitivity they had. After five such tests, they found that men with PE actually appeared to have decreased sensitivity in their penises. That’s not to say that numbing products wouldn’t help these men, just that we can’t say that heightened penile sensitivity is a cause of PE.
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