Researchers: Sex is just as good if your penis is circumcised

Circumcision 'doesn't' mess with your sex life, Says New Study

Scientists have discovered that circumcision is not linked to decreased penile sensitivity in males in any way.

A debate has raged regarding the effects of male circumcision on penile sensitivity. There have been reports of a person not being able to enjoy sex due to the fact that he is circumsized.

Investigators examined two hypotheses that might support decreased penile sensitivity: whether the exposed glans penis of circumcised men is less sensitive than that of intact men (where keratinization is hypothesized to take place), and if the highly innervated foreskin is more sensitive than other sites of the penis.

“We directly tested whether circumcision is associated with a reduction in penile sensitivity by testing tactile detection, pain, warmth detection, and heat pain thresholds at multiple sites on the penis between groups of healthy (neonatally) circumcised and intact men,” explained lead author Jennifer Bossio, PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology of the Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada (working with Dr. Caroline Pukall, PhD, and Dr. Stephen Steele, MD). “This study indicates that neonatal circumcision is not associated with changes in penile sensitivity and provides preliminary evidence to suggest that the foreskin is not the most sensitive part of the penis.”

Sixty-two men between the ages of 18 and 37 (30 circumcised, 32 intact) participated in the study. Quantitative sensory testing (QST) protocols assessed touch and pain thresholds and warmth detection and heat pain thresholds at a control site (forearm) and three to four penile sites (glans penis, midline shaft, proximal to midline shaft, and foreskin, if present). The authors reported that the pain, warmth detection, and heat pain stimuli likely activate nerve fibers more relevant to sexual pleasure than touch thresholds, which has been the focus of previous research.

Although in a previous study lower tactile thresholds were noted at the glans penis in circumcised men, the current investigation found no between-group differences in sensitivity across four stimulation types, lending no support to the widely accepted, but largely untested, keratinization hypothesis.

The investigators also found that the foreskin had similar sensitivity as the control site on the forearm for any stimulus type tested. Given that other genital sites (e.g., glans penis, midline shaft) were more sensitive to pain stimuli than the forearm, removing the highly innervated foreskin does not appear to remove the most sensitive part of the penis.

Sexual function was assessed via the International Index of Erectile Functioning (IIEF), a 15-item measure of men’s sexual functioning over the past four weeks across the five domains of erectile function: intercourse satisfaction, orgasmic function, sexual desire, and overall satisfaction. No differences between the groups were observed on any of these measures, suggesting that sexual functioning may not differ across circumcision status.

“Methodology and results from this study build on previous research and imply that if sexual functioning is related to circumcision status, this relationship is not likely the result of decreased penile sensitivity stemming from neonatal circumcision,” observed Ms. Bossio.

  • David Leon

    No duh the sensitivity won’t stem from neonatal circumcision! The baby won’t remember having those feelings as an adult. Getting circumcised as adult is way different because we are more aware of our bodies and how they react and feel. Get recently cut men and compare them to uncut men and I’m sure you’ll get different results. It’s not magic woo woo… Feel something with a body part, lose a piece of that body part and the body compensates with developing news nerves for other sensory experiences.

    • Kielan Realist Reviewer

      The baby may not remember the pain, but in my life not even searching for it, I’ve had at least 10 people tell me they resent their parents taking the decision for them, No one likes their body changed without their concent unless it was to save lives or improve life. Circumsizion has not been proved to improve life, it is totally unnecessary and a medical procedure forced upon the most vulnerable in our society is child abuse, plain and simple.

  • finsterbaby

    This study sounds like you’re comparing people with two eyes to people with one eye, but you’re only looking at one eye. You found the left eye is the same in both. Gee. What about the fact that the right eye is missing? Also, the first graphs also said the tissue in the foreskin is as sensitive as the skin on the underside which remains in circ guys. cut guys have less of that tissue. so if there is more of the ultra sensitive skin in the foreskin on the uncut guy and zero foreskin (one third the sensitive nerve endings) on the cut guy, how’s that the same? That’s like a guy with $10 is just as rich as a guy with $100 because they both have money. This study seems to just be ridiculous and count on people to just fall for nonsense.

  • Kielan Realist Reviewer

    So we have studies showing difference of results, this means we still don’t know, one study showing no difference and one study showing there is a difference, does not mean the latest study is correct…

  • DICTATOR

    Let’s stop sugar-coating it and call it what it really is. It is not circumcision. It is Penile mutilation.

  • sskkpp

    Keeping the foreskin permanently withdrawn instead of cutting it out may achieve the same objective.

  • Ron Spain

    ✯ But circumcision utterly destroys the sensitivity of the penis and that’s why 99.99% of circumcised men are incapable of orgasm and aren’t even interested in sex!! ✯