Feature Article: Male Circumcision Less Sexual Pleasure

To Cut or Not to Cut

Circumcised men are in for some bad news. It puts them at a disadvantage in the bedroom.

A study found those who had their foreskin removed as children or adults experienced less intense sexual pleasure and orgasm than their peers.

The new study surveyed 1,369 men over the age of 18. They were asked whether they were circumcised, and to rate how sensitive their penis was, how intense their orgasms were and whether they experience any pain or numbness when they are aroused.

310 men who took the survey were circumcised, and 1,059 were not. Each rated how sensitive their penis was on a scale from 0 to 5, with higher numbers being the most sensitive.

Uncircumcised men reported between 0.2 points and 0.4 points higher sensitivity and sexual pleasure when their penis’s head – known as the glans – was stroked during arousal, compared to circumcised men.

They reported an average sensitivity score of 3.72 when they or their partner stroked the top part of their penis’s glans, compared to 3.31 in circumcised men.

Uncircumcised men also reported more intense orgasms.

About 20% of baby boys have their foreskin surgically removed at birth, and about 30 percent of men around the world are circumcised.

Some religions, such as Judaism and Islam, consider circumcision part of religious practice, while other people choose circumcision for possible health benefits – including a reduced risk of urinary tract infections.

Hygiene is probably why so many boys are circumcised. The obsessive fear of disease.

There are very few studies researching whether foreskin plays a role in sexual pleasure. Previous randomized controlled trials – considered the gold standard of medical research – looked at sexual performance and satisfaction.

One possible explanation for any potential difference in sensitivity is that a man’s foreskin may protect his penis’s head from rubbing against underwear and clothing.

It’s possible that friction makes the head of the penis thicker, drier and ultimately less sensitive.

Circumcised men were more likely to report more pain and numbness during arousal than uncircumcised men.

Many doctors refuse to perform circumcision. They consider it to be genital mutilation. We are shocked to hear of clitoral circumcision but consider male circumcision to be ‘hygienic’.

The foreskin is rich in nerve endings and helps reduce friction during sex. When a man has been circumcised the unprotected head is desensitized. Circumcised men are getting less out of sex. Penile sensation and sexual satisfaction are decreased.

The current medical rationale for circumcision developed after the operation was in wide practice. The original reason for the surgical removal of the foreskin was to control ‘masturbatory insanity’.

it was a term used to describe the range of mental disorders that people believed were caused by the ‘polluting’ practice of ‘self-abuse.’”


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