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Male circumcision decreases penile sensitivity as measured in a large cohort.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23374102     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To test the hypothesis that sensitivity of the foreskin is a substantial part of male penile sensitivity. To determine the effects of male circumcision on penile sensitivity in a large sample.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study aimed at a sample size of ≈1000 men. Given the intimate nature of the questions and the intended large sample size, the authors decided to create an online survey. Respondents were recruited by means of leaflets and advertising.
RESULTS: The analysis sample consisted of 1059 uncircumcised and 310 circumcised men. For the glans penis, circumcised men reported decreased sexual pleasure and lower orgasm intensity. They also stated more effort was required to achieve orgasm, and a higher percentage of them experienced unusual sensations (burning, prickling, itching, or tingling and numbness of the glans penis). For the penile shaft a higher percentage of circumcised men described discomfort and pain, numbness and unusual sensations. In comparison to men circumcised before puberty, men circumcised during adolescence or later indicated less sexual pleasure at the glans penis, and a higher percentage of them reported discomfort or pain and unusual sensations at the penile shaft.
CONCLUSIONS: This study confirms the importance of the foreskin for penile sensitivity, overall sexual satisfaction, and penile functioning. Furthermore, this study shows that a higher percentage of circumcised men experience discomfort or pain and unusual sensations as compared with the uncircumcised population. Before circumcision without medical indication, adult men, and parents considering circumcision of their sons, should be informed of the importance of the foreskin in male sexuality.
Guy A Bronselaer; Justine M Schober; Heino F L Meyer-Bahlburg; Guy T'Sjoen; Robert Vlietinck; Piet B Hoebeke
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2013-02-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  BJU international     Volume:  111     ISSN:  1464-410X     ISO Abbreviation:  BJU Int.     Publication Date:  2013 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-12     Completed Date:  2013-06-04     Revised Date:  2014-08-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100886721     Medline TA:  BJU Int     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  820-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2013 BJU International.
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MeSH Terms
Arousal / physiology*
Circumcision, Male / methods*
Focus Groups*
Foreskin / innervation,  surgery*
Middle Aged
Pain Threshold / physiology*
Penis / innervation*,  surgery
Personal Satisfaction
Sexual Behavior
Touch / physiology*
Young Adult
Comment In:
BJU Int. 2013 May;111(5):E270-1   [PMID:  23578246 ]
Asian J Androl. 2014 Jul-Aug;16(4):652-3   [PMID:  24625886 ]
BJU Int. 2013 May;111(5):E269-70   [PMID:  23578245 ]
BJU Int. 2013 May;111(5):695-6   [PMID:  23578232 ]

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