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A 31-year-old male asked:

What happens to the penis nerve endings during intercourse? why such pleasure ?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Krause's end bulbs: Special nerve endings in the genitals that transmit directly to the pleasure centers in the brain. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Hooked up that way.: input goes to particular parts of the brain deep in that release dopamine and wired up to feel pleasure. The addiction researchers tell me in susceptible individuals these parts of the brain are even more stimulated by stimulants (but may permanently damage those areas so pleasure from normal sex is damped down.. So Not Worth It).
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Sensitive: The penis, when in an erect state is hypersensitive including the nerve fibers at the end of the Glans. If hypersensitive and premature ejaculation is a concern, using condoms may help decrease the sensitivity slightly and prolong the ejaculatory process.
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 33 years experience
Kids running around downstairs can have a similar effect on reducing sensitivity and prolonging the process of ANYTHING when it comes to moments of intimacy!
Dec 1, 2014
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Pleasure detectors.: The nerves in our body have different functions. They report pain, hot, cold, pressure, and pleasure. Why does it feel good in particular? It was probably evolution. Because if sex hurt nobody would do and the human race would vanish.
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 33 years experience
Nothing happens: Not sure what you mean by asking "What happens to the penile nerve endings...." Nothing....they don't go anywhere, they don't do anything except transmit signals related to the tactile and pressure sensations experienced by the penis. Why the pleasure? It happens to be based on how that part of the brain where these signals are processed reacts and "tells you" what you feel.

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A 31-year-old male asked:

Does having a bigger penis mean more pleasure sense more nerve endings?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: The glans penis is richly blessed with nerves and large one does not have more nerves. Please note that the biggest sex organ is the brain, not a penis!
Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Yes. In fact the brain is definitely the most important part of this equation.
Dec 1, 2014

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