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Circumcision Affects A Man’s Sex Life:Most women (85.5%) in that survey reported that they were more likely to experience orgasm with a genitally intact partner

March 6, 2011

For those of you following the circumcision debate in the news, there is proof, in the form of multiple studies, demonstrating that you parents who happily cut the tops of your kids’ penis in the interest of religion or “cleanliness” might very well have snipped their ability to have full sexual pleasure, erections, impotency, and caused permanent damage:

Mechanical function. The foreskin provides mechanical functions to facilitate intromission and penetration. Several authorities observe that the penis enters the vagina without friction as the foreskin unfolds.491011 Taves (2002) reported that excision of the foreskin by circumcision increases the force required to penetrate by ten-fold.51 Shen et al. reported 43.1 percent of men cirumcised as adults experience difficult penetration.59 After penetration, the foreskin provides a gliding action that greatly reduces friction,4911154149and vaginal dryness.27405055

Elasticity. The foreskin has a layer of smooth muscle tissue called the peripenic muscle,1 which is part of the dartos muscle.139 The contraction and expansion of the muscle fibers in this layer give the foreskin great elasticity and are important in erogenous sensation. Lakshmanan & Prakash report a “mosaic of muscle tissues and elastic fibres” contained between the two layers of the foreskin, which keep the foreskin snugly against in the glans penis in a close fit.15 The muscle fibres must stretch to allow the foreskin to retract over the glans and contract again when the foreskin returns to its normal forward position. The expansion and contraction of the muscle fibres during coitus allows the foreskin to stretch. The stretching deformes the Meissner corpuscles and produces sensation.68 The nerve bundles run alongside the dartos muscle.40 The stretching puts tension on the nerve endings contained within the foreskin. The nerve endings deform and generate pleasurable erotic sensations to the central nervous system and inputs to the autonomic nervous system, which plays a role in controlling erection and ejaculation.5768 Taylor (2003) reports preliminary evidence that stretching of the foreskin produces contractions associated with ejaculation.58 Taylor reports that the ridged band of the foreskin is reflexogenic and produces contractions that result in ejaculation.68

Erogenous tissue. the foreskin is heavily innervated even at birth and before.521 The foreskin is a specific erogenous zone6with nerve endings near the surface of the ridged band arranged in rete ridges.29 The foreskin is noted for its sensory pleasure.123651 Circumcision, therefore, diminishes sexual sensation.69101112182831385759626364

Impotence and sexual dysfunction. The nerves in the foreskin apparently provide an impulse to aid erection. Circumcision has long been associated with an increased incidence of impotence. Glover (1929) reported a case.2 Winkelmann (1959) suggested impotence as a possibility,6 as did Foley (1966).10 Stinson (1973) reported five cases.13 Palmer & Link (1979) reported two cases.14 More recently, additional evidence of sexual dysfunction after circumcision has emerged. Coursey et al. reported that the degradation in sexual function after circumcision is equivalent to the degradation experienced after anterior urethroplasty.47 Fink et al. reported statistically significant degradation in sexual function.49 A survey carried out in South Korea found that circumcised men reported painful erections, and diminished sexual pleasure, and a few reported curvature of the penis upon erection.48 Shen et al.(2004), in a study carried out in China, reported erectile dysfunction in 28.4 percent of the men in the study after circumcision, and ‘weakened erectile confidence’ in 34.7 percent.59

Inability to ejaculate or delayed ejaculation. While some circumcised males may suffer from a tendency toward premature ejaculation, others find that they have great difficulty in ejaculating.50 The nerves in the foreskin and ridged band are stimulated by stretching,1857 amongst other movements. If those nerves are not present, Money (1983) argues that excision of these stretch receptors by circumcision may make ejaculation take longer.18. Some circumcised males may have to resort to prolonged and aggressive thrusting to achieve orgasm.4049 Shen et al. (2004) reported that 32.6 percent of the men in his study reported prolonged intercourse after circumcision.59 Senkul et al. (2004) reported an appreciable increase in ejaculatory latency time (time to ejaculate).60 Thorvaldsen & Meyhoff (2005) reported that circumcised males have more difficulty with ejaculation and orgasm.63Kim & Pang (2006) reported that circumcised men have more difficulty with masturbation.66 Solinis & Yiannaki reported that 65 percent of circumcised men in their study reported increased ejaculation time in their study.69

Loss of sexual pleasure. Denniston reported that some circumcised men would not have the operation again because of loss of sexual pleasure.61 Kim & Pang (2006) reported that 48 percent of Korean men in a survey experienced loss of mastubatory pleasure after circumcision as compared with 8 percent that experienced increased pleasure and 8 percent reported improved sexual life, but 20 percent reported worsened sexual life.66 Solinis & Yiannaki reported that 16 percent of the men in their study reported a better sex life after circumcision but 35 percent reported a worsened sex life.69

Sexual behaviour. The alteration to the sexual organ causes many circumcised males to change their sexual behavior. Foley reported that circumcised males are more likely to masturbate.10 Hooykaas et al. (1991) reported that immigrant (mostly circumcised) males have a greater tendency to engage in risky sexual behavior with prostitutes as compared with Dutch (mostly normal intact) males.23 The U. S. National Health and Social Life Survey found that circumcised males have a “more elaborated” set of sexual practices, including more masturbation, and more heterosexual oral sex.30 The British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (2000) reported that circumcised males were more likely to report having a homosexual partner and more likely to have partners from abroad as compared with normal intact males.56 Circumcised men are significantly less likely to use condoms.3850 Many men in the Solinis and Yiannaki study reported decreased sex life after circumcision.69

Value to female partners. The foreskin has long been known to be valuable to the female partner.816 The presence of the foreskin is reported to be stimulating to the female.414555 Women are more likely to experience vaginal dryness during sex with a circumcised partner.242862 The unnatural dryness may make coitus painful and result in abrasions.284150 The vaginal dryness may be mistakenly attributed to female arousal disorder.5562 O’Hara & O’Hara report that the female partner is less likely to experience orgasm when the foreskin is not present and more likely to experience orgasm or even multiple orgasms when the foreskin is present.41 Solinis & Yiannaki found that 46 percent of men in their study reported a worsened sex life for their partner while 33 percent reported that that their partner’s sex life had improved.69

Yay, Mom and Dad, who were able to make that decision to affect your kid’s sex life all on your own.  I am sure he will thank you.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2012 11:52 pm

    With the advances in tissue engineering, circumcision should no longer be an irreversible procedure. There are organizations like which are trying to use techniques of regenerative medicine to restore a natural foreskin to those who were circumcised against their will.

    When all men have the choice to restore themselves to a natural, intact state, I believe a lot of the superstition and clouded thinking regarding circumcision will fall away.

    • Nick permalink
      June 17, 2013 4:21 am

      It’s sad how some guys remain in denial about the irreversibility of their circumcision by desperately clinging to the foregen fantasy. And it’s annoying that these guys spam every available forum with their implicit or explicit injunction to donate. The truth is that outside of huge private investments and/or government funding, difficult and expensive medical research like that is never going to get off the ground. Foregen has been around for years without anything happening, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that a crowdfunding effort will not have any success. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but foreskin restoration is just a fantasy and you’re wasting your money. Just accept the bitter reality of being circumcised and join the fight to change minds so that other guys get spared the same fate.

  2. September 15, 2012 8:24 am

    good information, I like it

  3. Barry permalink
    January 2, 2013 3:35 am

    I think that circ is maiming and mutilating

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