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Circumcision doesn't reduce sexual satisfaction and performance, says study of 4,500 men
Date:1/7/2008

was more or less constant in the circumcision group 98.5 per cent on enrolment and 98.4 per cent after two years but rose slightly from 98 per cent to 99.9 per cent in the control group. This difference was not felt to be clinically significant.
  • At the six-month visit there was a small, but statistically significant, difference in problems with penetration and pain among the circumcised group, but this was temporary and was not reported at subsequent follow-up visits.

There was considerable consistency between the men in each group when it came to age, religion, marital status, education and number of sexual partners in the last year. The majority of the men were Catholic, married, had one sexual partner and were educated to primary school level.

Our study clearly shows that being circumcised did not have an adverse effect on the men who underwent the procedure when we compared them with the men who had not yet received surgery concludes Professor Gray.

Other studies have already shown that being able to reassure men that the procedure wont affect sexual satisfaction or performance makes them much more likely to be circumcised.

BJU International was very keen to publish this large-scale study as there has been a lot of conflicting evidence about the effects of circumcision says the journals Editor, Professor John Fitzpatrick from University College Dublin, Ireland.

We believe that these findings are very important as they can be used to support public health messages that promote circumcision as an effective way of reducing HIV transmission.


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