No, Circumcision DOESN'T Sabotage Sex Lives, Says Study

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No, Circumcision DOESN'T Sabotage Sex Lives, Says Science
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Concerned women (and men) everywhere can finally rest easy.

By Korin Miller

Whether you're curious for the sake of your future children, or just want to know more about the differences between cut and uncut peens, most info on whether snip-snips can lead to womp-womps in the bedroom came down to anecdotal evidence. Until now.

According to new research, circumcised men aren’t prone to penis problems in bed (so forget what you've heard).

The study, which appears in The Journal of Urology, studied 62 uncircumcised and circumcised men between the ages of 18 and 37 and found that there was no difference in sexual function between the groups.

To get a read on the fellas' sexual function, researchers asked the guys 15 questions about their intercourse satisfaction, ability to orgasm, sexual desire, and overall sexual satisfaction. They found that everyone's responses, regardless of circumcision, were about the same. 

They also found that there was no difference in penis sensitivity between men who were circumcised and those who were uncircumcised. To test this, researchers assessed touch, pain, and heat pain thresholds (apparently that's a thing) on the mens' forearms and three or four spotson their penis—the glans penis, midline shaft, proximal to midline shaft, and foreskin (if they had one).

While that sounds a little scary (even for those of us without a peen), the authors found that the sensitivity test actually stimulated nerve fibers related to sexual pleasure in the dudes—regardless of their circumcision status. Meaning, they kind of liked the pain portion of the study (kinky).

They also debunked the notion that the foreskin is the most sensitive area of the penis. Foreskin seemed to be as sensitive (or not sensitive) as the forearm.

Cool! But what does this all mean, exactly? It's been said that circumcision can make a man less sensitive to sex, but this shows that it’s just not true.

And if you’re debating whether or not you want to circumcise your baby boy (and you’re not doing it for religious or other reasons), it kind of comes down to whether or not you want his penis to have its own carrying case—not whether you'll ruin his sex life.

This article was originally published at Women's Health. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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