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Circumcision Not Recommended

On the contrary, circumcision brings about many sexual complications, destroying a very joyful aspect of the human experience for both men and women. It regularly removes three-fourths of the penis’s pleasure-giving sensitivity, 1 since most of the thousands of nerve endings are located in the foreskin—not in the glans, as popularly supposed. Removal of the foreskin further decreases the comparatively meager sensitivity of the glans by causing its moist mucous membrane to dry out and thicken. Also lost is the extra dimension of pleasure for both partners created by the foreskin’s massaging action gliding back and forth during lovemaking. 2 The result is abrasive, “dry sex,” a common complaint of American women, most of whom have circumcised partners.3 It is, then, no surprise that a survey of women who have had sex with both intact and circumcised men found that 90% say that lovemaking is more pleasurable and comfortable with intact partners. 4

Despite these well-established facts, some men circumcised in infancy often believe that they are as sensitive as intact men. But this is simply because they have absolutely no basis for comparison. Adult-circumcised men, on the other hand, are well-situated to compare. In one major study, half reported substantially diminished sexual pleasure, while two-thirds indicated that sex had become more difficult.5 One man mourned his loss by comparing sex without his foreskin to seeing only in black & white instead of in full color.

This information has been reviewed by our panel of experts and other trusted advisors, however, it is not a substitute for professional medical, legal, or spiritual advice.


  1. Sorrells ML, Snyder ML, Reiss MD, Eden C, Milos MF, Wilcox N, Van Howe RS. Fine-touch pressure thresholds in the adult penis. BJU Int. 2007;99:864-9.
  2. Taylor JR, Lockwood AP, Taylor AJ. The prepuce: specialized mucosa of the penis and its loss to circumcision. Br J Urol. 1996;77:291-5.
  3. Bensley GA, Boyle GJ. Effects of male circumcision on female arousal and orgasm. New Zealand Med J. 2003;116(1181):1–2.
  4. O’Hara K, O’Hara J. The effect of male circumcision on the sexual enjoyment of the female partner. BJU Int 1999;83 Suppl 1:79–84.
  5. Kim S, Pang M. The effect of male circumcision on sexuality. BJU Int. 2006; 99(3):619–22.
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