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3 Apr 2007

circumcision removes the most sensitive parts of the penis, says research

A study of 159 men from the San Francisco Bay area has found that five sites on the penis, which all regularly removed by circumcision, are more sensitive than the most sensitive site remaining on the circumcised penis.

The men, 91 of whom are circumcised, were subjected to touch-sensitivity tests where a standardised instrument was pressed onto 17 different places on their penises with calibrated monofilaments. The men could not see where they were being touched.

Researcher Dr. Morris Sorrells and his team also found that the region most sensitive to fine touch on the circumcised penis was the circumcision scar, and the glans of the circumcised penis is less sensitive to fine touch than the glans of the uncircumcised penis. The transitional region from the external to the internal prepuce is found to be the most sensitive region of the uncircumcised penis and more sensitive than the most sensitive region of the circumcised penis.

The researchers did not find interaction between age and circumcision status.

Sorrells said: "The most sensitive part of the penis is the preputial opening. The results confirmed that the frenulum and ridged band of the inner foreskin are highly erogenous structures that are routinely removed by circumcision, leaving the penis with one-fourth the fine-touch sensitivity it originally possessed."

The results of the study contradict an one conducted in 1966 by Masters and Johnson in which found no difference between circumcised and intact penises. The study has been said to be insufficiently documented and did not take into account the role and function of the foreskin.

The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers; an educational non-profit organisation which opposes genital cutting of male, female, and intersex infants and children; welcomed the findings.

"We've had anecdotal evidence of a significant loss of sensitivity from circumcision for a long time. Now we have proof," director Marilyn Milos said.

"More work needs to be done. We need to know how this translates into sexual functioning and sexual pleasure. Many circumcised men say they couldn't stand any more sensitivity, but intact men obviously can stand it, so it's a matter of quality as well as quantity. The bottom line is, circumcision takes away sensitivity, which translates into a loss of pleasure, too."

Published in the April 2007 edition of BJU International (the former British Journal of Urology) under the title "Fine-Touch Pressure Thresholds in the Adult Penis," the study can be read on www.icgi.org.

Reader's Comments

1. 2007-04-03 20:59  
Give boys the choice I say. Let them grow up with it and if they wish they can take it off.

As for 'religious' reasons, no one should be looking at your dick during prayers anyway. I've never understood it other than another way to enforce control and charge a fee for doing it, double ouch!

I can do boys with and without but prefer uncut, my taste I guess.
2. 2007-04-03 21:25  
i m lucky to have mines ke ke ke ke ke :)
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4. 2007-04-03 21:56  
I remembered reading an article about the prepuce having some immunity cells too. Yet, this area tends to trap sediments/organisms if one doesnt observe hygiene. It is also a good site for STIs, e.g. warts, syphilis, to infect too.

I would prefer uncut for its erogenous zone.
5. 2007-04-03 23:19  

Now I can forget about circumcision... =D
6. 2007-04-04 00:04  
I wonder if they tested on erect cocks or flacid ones.
7. 2007-04-04 00:29  
i don't get it. I am circumsized and sensitive like hell to oral sex.. i disagree
8. 2007-04-04 01:08  
I guess i just have to tell my doctor not to remove the preputial opening (including the frenulum and ridged band of the inner foreskin).

In that case, I get the best of both worlds!
9. 2007-04-04 09:36  
cut or uncut i dont care. as long as they maintain good & proper hygiene- especially to those who are still keeping their foreskin... can't stand the smegma puh-lease! eww!
10. 2007-04-04 10:04  
well, for me, uncut better.. more thing to play with. hahaha : )
just remember to wash it for hygine purposes.
11. 2007-04-04 11:06  
if ain't broken, don't fix it. thats what i think..lol..
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13. 2007-04-04 12:10  
Uncut is a bit problematic, really need to clean it well. I prefer cut dick in my mouth. hahaha
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15. 2007-04-04 12:13  
Inner forskin...
I guess not wrong fm me.,

Moslty Chinese most them Uncut more than 80%., & Cut less 20%.

Mostly Malay most them Cut more than 90%., & Uncut less 10%

Some ppl=people like to change, inner forsink with CUT than he cld look doctor adv. & take time Cut he forskin & u may feel abit not same there ...

Also can say clean wan forskin are Cut.,

If forskin not cut ( means uncut )
Mostly u need 2 Clean up there with water or some soap clean up., with CCK=cock/dick/penis ...
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17. 2007-04-04 12:14  
Let the boys decide on their own to keep foreskin or it. unless there are strong medical reasons to remove it. Not only the parents be well educated on this topic, the boys themselves should be well educated too on this immediate intimate topic
18. 2007-04-04 13:48  
I am glad that I am uncut, haha....
As long as we clean it everytime when we take a shower, it should be all right have it uncut.
19. 2007-04-04 14:15  
To each, is his own. For the non religious, they have the option to decide whether to cut or not to cut.

For Muslims, it is compulsory to circumcise as part of the faith and also for hygiene purposes. Most Catholics does too for the same reason. For some reasons, foreskin tends to be da breeding place for the formation of sediments; which can be very smelly if not properly washed.

So, whether one cut or not, it boils down to personal proper hygiene. Let's not make an issue out of this.

To conclude, with foreplay, I think it does NOT make love-making session less enjoyable either way, but it could be painful for those with very tight foreskin.
20. 2007-04-04 17:04  
This research does make perfect sense, as removing skin from a complex organ such as the penis will undoubtedly remove many hundreds or even thousands of nerve endings for the area affected. However, I don't think the disadvantage of slightly lowered sensitivity outweighs the advantages personally. Not that I don't appreciate a nice uncut cock!

Thank god I was circumsized though when I was born! My cock is highly sensitive enough as it is without a foreskin... I have absolutely no problem with stimulation and have never seen a difference in practise for the sensitivity or sexual stimulation of both cut and uncut cocks...

21. 2007-04-04 18:35  
I find the idea of cutting bits off our bodies weird. If it was no good, wouldn't we have lost it through evolution? I guess if your religion tells you we shouldn't have it, you probably don't believe in evolution anyway...

As FLASHMAX below says .... if it ain't broken, don't fix it.
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23. 2007-04-04 23:13  
Uncut men with good hygiene are yummy.
24. 2007-04-05 14:45  
whats the point of this research anyways? people trying to find out which is more sensitive? dont they have anything better to do than mayb perhaps save the world from uncurable diseases??
different people have different levels of sensitivity.. cut or uncut.. its not like you suddenly change your mind after reading this article and wanna surgically put back your foreskin..if tats possible too.. if you believe in your religion says so then dont argue with your religion.. if you're too lazy to clean your cock properly then have it circumsized..
25. 2007-04-05 18:03  
I'm cut, but if I'd been ASKED, I'd have chosen to remain in-tact, the way the universe designed me. Later in life, after being "educated about my penis", I would then have been able to make my own decision which was right for ME..I was robbed of that chance. I'm not pissed-off about it. my penis operates pretty well most of the time, but I believe all boys should be able to make up their OWN MINDS regardless of religious "superstitions" and allegations of "hygenic" purposes...what a crock of doo doo.
In America, where I grew up, WHEN I grew up, more than 90% of all boys were being mutilated, without their consent...how sad. Uncut/In-tact penises are so much fun!!
26. 2007-04-05 22:44  
For myself, I like the way I am now like the way I was born...
27. 2007-04-06 06:23  
Yes. I agree with all of you who say, "I would like the chance to choose".
However, have you taken into account the other scientific study released quite recently that just as clearly shows that there is a much greater chance of HIV/STI infection if you are uncut and, conversely, a much lower infection rate for HIV & STIs if you are cut.
Have you also considered the couple of weeks of pain and discomfort than goes with post-pubescent circumcision? I didn't but some of my school-mates did. Ouch !
caesar2000 might well come to another decision if he thought his foreskin was opening the way for infection ... but then maybe not ... penis hygiene according to him is "a crock of doo doo".
28. 2007-04-06 10:34  
Would you cut off your ears to prevent a infection there? The research behind this "campaign to cut" was based on studies of men who have sex with women in Africa. Gay men are in a completely different and more aware (I hope!) category. Cheers to all my uncut Asian friends!
29. 2007-04-06 10:39  
Two other points: 1. I don't know how to have sex with a guy who is cut -- it's just this inanimate thing poking at you; and 2. Circumcision in that way it's done in the West, anyway, usually plays out as something a woman (the mom) does -- or has done -- to a boy. Something wrong with that, I think.
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31. 2007-04-06 18:35  
Regardless of ancient religious supersitions, or the latest and most fashionable allegedly valid statistical correlation, or government-sponsored studies in poverty-stricken nations which are always marinated in political agendas, TO BE CUT, or remain UNcut, I strongly believe, SHOULD BE the educated choice that every boy born on this planet eventually makes for himself. IF (big IF: to-date, unsubstantiated) mutilating a man's penis by cutting off the foreskin negatively impacts the spread of HIV, then why not amputate the entire penis, and testicles to boot? Certainly, that strategy would have a significant impact on the spread of STD's, HIV, the population expolsion, and global warming....no?
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35. 2007-04-09 07:40  
For adequate and current information on the issue, please refer to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' evidence-based position on circumcision. A similar position is taken by the relevant bodies in the UK, USA, and Canada.

posting a hyperlink didn't work here, so just google search...

australasian college physician circumcision

...and click on the fourth result down.

i think we can trust them.
36. 2007-04-09 13:17  
If you are uncut and happy stay that way. You will have your admirers as you see from these posts.
If you are uncut and unhappy then by all means do the cut, you will probably be very happy. You will get more oral sex anyway!!
If you are cut and happy don't listen to anyone who would try and make you feel mutilated or shortchanged. Personally I think you have the best deal whether you chose it for yourself or your parents chose it for you.
If you are cut and unhappy you are impossible to please.

By the way what are the motivations of Chinese who circumcise their sons contrary to Buddhist teaching? Is it a desire to be more Western or what? Some insights would be appreciated.
37. 2007-05-06 12:57  
It shows just how little is known about this subject that some people still believe circumcision reduces levels of STD/STIs. This is NOT true. For every study, there have been contradictory studies. If someone decides to get circumcised, it is for one reason and one reason only: cosmetic preference. Circumcision carries a cost to the individual. Nobody, including parents or religious people, should force an individual to pay that cost. As for me, nothing beats the perfect evolutionary beauty of an intact penis. Cut is ok as long as the other attributes are right. But it is inferior in every way. I say that being cut myself.

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