Understanding Penile Hypersensitivity and Pelvic Floor Therapy

By Shannon Strauch, PTA, STMT-1 on 4/3/2024

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: Penile hypersensitivity is a condition that affects many men, causing discomfort and sometimes even pain during sexual activity or everyday activities. In this blog post, we will delve into what penile hypersensitivity is, its possible causes, and how pelvic floor therapy can be a beneficial treatment option.

What is Penile Hypersensitivity?

Penile hypersensitivity refers to an increased sensitivity or heightened response to stimuli on the penis. This can include touch, pressure, or even temperature changes. Men experiencing penile hypersensitivity may find that normal sensations that others find pleasurable can be uncomfortable or painful for them.

Causes of Penile Hypersensitivity:

  1. Overstimulation: Excessive masturbation or frequent rough sexual activity can lead to increased sensitivity of the penis over time.

  2. Nerve Damage: Injuries, surgeries, or medical conditions that affect the nerves in the pelvic area can result in hypersensitivity.

  3. Psychological Factors: Anxiety, stress, or trauma can contribute to heightened sensitivity in the genital area.

  4. Hormonal Imbalance: Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly testosterone, can impact penile sensitivity.

Pelvic Floor Therapy for Penile Hypersensitivity:

Pelvic floor therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on the muscles, nerves, and connective tissues of the pelvic floor. While it is often associated with conditions like urinary incontinence or pelvic pain, it can also be beneficial for men experiencing penile hypersensitivity. Here's how pelvic floor therapy can help:

  1. Muscle Relaxation: Pelvic floor therapy techniques can help relax the muscles in the pelvic region, reducing tension and hypersensitivity.

  2. Nerve Desensitization: Therapeutic exercises and techniques can desensitize the nerves in the pelvic area, leading to decreased sensitivity.

  3. Mind-Body Connection: Pelvic floor therapy often incorporates mindfulness and relaxation techniques, addressing any psychological factors contributing to hypersensitivity.

  4. Improved Sexual Function: By addressing underlying issues and promoting pelvic health, therapy can enhance sexual function and pleasure for men with penile hypersensitivity.

Tips for Managing Penile Hypersensitivity:

  1. Communication: Openly discuss concerns with your healthcare provider or a pelvic floor therapist to develop a personalized treatment plan.

  2. Gentle Care: Avoid rough handling of the penis and opt for gentle cleansing and moisturizing products.

  3. Stress Management: Practice stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises.

  4. Pelvic Floor Exercises: Incorporate pelvic floor exercises recommended by a therapist to improve muscle tone and function.


Penile hypersensitivity can significantly impact a man's quality of life and sexual well-being. However, with proper understanding, communication, and targeted therapy such as pelvic floor therapy, it is possible to manage and alleviate the symptoms effectively. If you're experiencing penile hypersensitivity, don't hesitate to seek professional guidance for a tailored approach to improving your pelvic health and overall comfort.

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