Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Study: Circumcision Does NOT Decrease Sexual Pleasure

A ‘landmark’ study on the issue concludes that a circumcision has "no effect on sensitivity or satisfaction"

By: Daniel Koren

Published: December 9th, 2013 in Health » World

Good news for Jewish guys everywhere.

If you’ve ever wondered if lacking a foreskin has deprived you of any sexual pleasure, subsequent to, I’m sure, many of your non-Jewish friends insisting that it has, you can finally take solace in knowing that your friends are wrong, and that, foreskin or not, we’re all susceptible to having amazing sex.

Thank goodness.

A new study conducted by Australian scientists, who analyzed close to 40 studies on the issue, confirm that circumcision has “no effect on sensitivity or satisfaction,” according to MailOnline.

“This is a ground-breaking article,” said the lead author of the study, Professor Brian Morris. “The health benefits of male circumcision have been well documented, including substantially lower risks of HIV and other viral and some bacterial sexually transmitted infections,” he said. “It also lowers rates of penile cancer and possibly prostate cancer – and women whose partners are circumcised have lower rates of cervical cancer and infections such as HPV and chlamydia.”

And there you have it.

Contrary to a growing campaign to boycott circumcision in certain European countries, this ‘landmark’ study confirms that not only does it deprive men of pleasure, it also risks your odds of contracting certain diseases.

Morris added that while there is “continued concern that circumcision may reduce male sexual function and pleasure,” the “highest-quality studies suggest that medical male circumcision has no adverse effect on sexual function, sensitivity, sexual sensation, or satisfaction.’

Morris found through this study, a compilation of 36 previous studies looking at 40,473 men in total, half of which are circumcised, that circumcision has “no overall adverse effect on penile sensitivity, sexual arousal, sexual sensation, erectile function, premature ejaculation, duration of intercourse, orgasm difficulties, sexual satisfaction, pleasure, or pain during penetration.”

The study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, also shows that, in one of the individual studies on sexually experienced Kenyan men, 72 percent of men interviewed actually said sensitivity had increased following circumcision.

In the Diaspora, the brit milah ceremony continues to remain commonplace, with one Mohel campaigning for fathers to get involved; in Israel, a bris is essentially still a legal requirement for all male Jewish newborns.

 

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