The Mail Online says: “It’s official: circumcision does not affect sexual pleasure”. The story follows publication of a study reviewing the scientific literature to find out whether there is any difference in sexual performance and satisfaction between circumcised and uncircumcised men. An Australian systematic review concludes that the practice has no adverse effect on sexual function or sensitivity.
Thirty six studies were identified, most were observational studies, though two large randomised controlled trials from African countries were identified. Overall the review finds no evidence for any differences between circumcised and uncircumcised men in terms of sexual function or sexual pleasure.
While the review considered a large body of evidence, some factors may be influencing the findings. For example, many studies were surveys, and the recruitment for them is not described. It could be the case that men who have a satisfying sex life may be more willing to participate and answer questions on sexual performance and satisfaction than those who aren’t.
Also, most of the responses in the study are subjective, and what one person considers to be a sexual problem or sexual satisfaction, another might not. There may also be differences in the culture and ethnicity of the participants of certain studies, meaning that their findings cannot be so easily transferred elsewhere.
Overall, this is a useful review combining the results of the global literature to investigate how sexual function and pleasure may or may not differ between circumcised and uncircumcised men.
Ultimately the decision of whether to undergo circumcision or not remains a personal matter that will be influenced by health-related or cultural factors. Contact us today on 0330 808 1968 and book a consultation with one of our Urologists.