Despite Urban Legend, Circumcision Has No Influence on Sexual Pleasure

A new study reveals that one little snip doesn't determine how much you enjoy sex.

BY KATE HAKALA

I've heard, "A cut penis rubs against your pants all day and ruins the sensitivity." I've also heard, "An uncircumcised penis is a shar pei-shaped germ trap." When it comes to the circumcision debate, the grass is always greener on the other dick. 

Until now. A new study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine has concluded that medical male circumcision has absolutely no adverse effect on pleasure, sensitivity, sexual satisfaction, or sexual function. It's settled. It's done. We can all pack up our foreskins and go home now.

In a meta-analysis of over 2,000 scientific studies that had focused on the overlap between sexuality and male circumcision, researchers at the University of Sydney concluded that older studies that linked circumcision to a lower quality sex life were terrible quality, and therefore, thrown out like old schmuck. In the most comprehensive study of snipped penises ever undertaken, 40,473 men, including 19,542 uncircumcised and 20,931 circumcised were put under the microscope for pretty much every dick standard: penile sensitivity, sexual arousal, sexual sensation, erectile function, premature ejaculation, ejaculatory latency, orgasm difficulties, sexual satisfaction, pleasure, and pain during penetration. 

In one of these studies, 2,250 Ugandan men found no difference in sexual desire or  ability to maintain an erection months after their circumcisions.  A year after circumcision, 99 percent claimed to feel fully satisfied. Dispelling the myth of the de-sensitized peen is important for settling not only future bar debates but public health, too. Circumcision can decrease the risk of HIV and other STDs by as much as 50 percent, some studies have concluded. "It also lowers rates of penile cancer and possibly prostate cancer and women whose partners are circumcised have lower rates of cervical cancer and infections such as HPV and chlamydia," says Professor Brian Morris of the study

Which means, whether you're sporting a turtleneck or showing up to the party unhooded, you can still very much enjoy the pleasant sensations of a little thing called orgasm. Your dick is perfectly fine, no matter your outwear of choice. Just don't Google "smegma."

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