Circumcision Doesn't Reduce Sexual Sensation

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From ABC News Medical Unit
By Joseph Brownstein

Controversial new research casts doubt on the long-held belief that circumcision reduces sexual sensitivity for men who have undergone the procedure.

Circumcision, a procedure performed throughout history — for reasons ranging from the fulfillment of a biblical covenant to a means of curbing masturbation — has received both praise by those who tout its supposed medical benefits and scorn from those who claim it has traumatic aftereffects.

Now, in a Canadian study appearing in the most recent issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that the glans, or head of the penis, is just as sensitive on a circumcised man as on an uncircumcised one.

YourTango’s Take
Yeah, uh, mmm, uh, ouch. Is there some kind of plot afoot? First we hear that circumcision (after it heals) seriously reduces AIDS transfer (female to male). Now we hear that it doesn’t affect sensitivity. Are we going to hear next that it actually makes it bigger? Sure, it looks a little tidier. But how can we really tell that the sensitivity is the same? Wouldn’t the best test be to poll a group of men before and after the procedure? What are they offering these guys to sign up for this? And if it’s for money, can this really be an unbiased study? And how do you gauge pleasure? ‘Yeah, uh, I ejaculated, so it was pretty good. I give it a 9.5’ The anti-circumcision party is great. They refer to an uncircumcised penis as ‘intact.’ They must be keeping an eye on the abortion battle and noticing names like pro-choice and pro-life, not pro-abortion and anti-abortion. They point to a study suggesting uncircumcised men are four times as sensitive. Some of these guys must be in danger of busting just putting on a pair of slacks.

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