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20 June 2007
Circumcision Study Confirms Loss Of Penile Sensitivity
by George Atkinson

Circumcision effectively removes the most sensitive areas of the penis, finds a Michigan State University study that confirms what many have long suspected.

While circumcision is the most common medical procedure performed in the United States, the consequences on sexual function have received little attention until now. The new study, led by M. Sorrels from the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Center, mapped the fine-touch pressure thresholds of the adult male penis in circumcised and uncircumcised men and compared results from the two groups.

The findings, appearing in BJU International, showed that the glans (head of the penis) of the uncircumcised men had significantly lower fine-touch pressure thresholds than that of circumcised men. The researchers said there were also significant differences in pressure thresholds in different locations on the penis. The most sensitive location on the circumcised penis was the circumcision scar on the ventral surface.

Interestingly, the study noted that five locations on the uncircumcised penis that are routinely removed at circumcision had lower pressure thresholds than the ventral scar of the circumcised penis.

The findings suggest that the transitional region from the external to the internal prepuce is the most sensitive region of the uncircumcised penis and more sensitive than the most sensitive region of the circumcised penis. The researchers concluded that circumcision removes the most sensitive parts of the penis.

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The American Penis: In Circumcision We Trust
The Long And Painful History Of Circumcision
Forsaking The Foreskin
Experts Say Circumcision Should Be Promoted As Part Of AIDS Prevention

Source: UroToday




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