There are two schools of thought when it comes to whether circumcision helps or worsens sexual dysfunction. It’s a complicated subject that requires some elaboration.
It’s a hard topic to talk about because you might never had a say in whether you wanted to be circumcised or not. However, it is what it is. The question now is whether circumcision is affecting your sexual health.
On the other hand, you might be wondering if circumcision will help you with your erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation. The answer is that it depends and although it might not be the most direct treatment for ED or PE, it might actually help you with other aspects of sexual health.
Is your penis circumcised? Let’s confirm this first.
It can be awkward to know if you have been circumcised or not. It’s not like you can go around asking these questions without being seen as a cheekopeh (creepy guy).
Circumcision is a surgical technique in which a retractable foreskin is removed from the head of the penis.
The procedure is performed for various reasons, including religious, cultural, and medical conditions like phimosis and personal preferences.
In some cultures in Singapore, circumcision is a mandatory practice performed shortly after birth.
How to tell if you are circumcised
The main difference between a circumcised penis and an uncircumcised is the presence or absence of a foreskin (a sleeve of skin present around the head of the penis). During circumcision, the foreskin of a penis is removed surgically, which exposes the head (glans penis). While in an uncircumcised penis, the foreskin is intact as it was naturally present.
Another indicator of a circumcised penis is the scar on the underside of the penis. If you are circumcised, you will see a mark near the head of the penis.
Does circumcision cause erectile dysfunction?
There’s really no conclusive evidence as studies differ in their conclusions.
One theory says that people with circumcision have lowered sensitivity which delays ejaculation and improves sexual performance. While on the other hand, it is thought that circumcision decreases sensitivity to the level that it becomes difficult to achieve an erection.
Complicating things is a study by the American Urological Association which refutes past studies stating that the foreskin is the most sensitive part of the adult penis.
“Findings suggest that minimal long-term implications for penile sensitivity exist as a result of the surgical excision of the foreskin during neonatal circumcision,” it states.
However, circumcision isn’t the sole reason for erectile dysfunction. Other factors like age, overall health, lifestyle, and diet play their part.
Does circumcision cause premature ejaculation?
Although there is no direct link between circumcision and premature ejaculation, studies show that circumcision helps treat premature ejaculation through decreased sensitivity to the head of the penis.
Decreased sensitivity leads to delayed ejaculation, which increases sexual function, and both partners can enjoy intimate sexual moments longer than usual.
Ejaculation is a neurohormonal process controlled by nerves arising from the sensitive part of the penis. Circumcision decreases the sensitivity of that part resulting in delayed transmission via nerves leading to enhances sexual performance.
But complicating things are studies like the aforementioned American Urological Association study that states that circumcision makes no difference.
If you are thinking of getting a circumcision to fix your premature ejaculation, a study in 2011 reported that circumcised people feel much more difficulty in reaching orgasm than uncircumcised. So, circumcision does not treat premature ejaculation.
The bright side of being circumcised
Circumcision reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infection and reduces risk of cancer.
Reduced risk of STIs
Uncircumcised men are more prone to infections because the foreskin provides a moist and warm environment suitable for the growth of microorganisms.
Studies show that circumcised men have lower chances of sexually transmitted infections like herpes, HIV, and human papillomavirus. One study says that circumcised men have a 50-60% reduced chance of acquiring STIs like immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
There is no need to take extra measures to maintain the hygiene of a circumcised penis. An uncircumcised penis may lead to smell and inflammation of the skin balanitis.
Reduced risk of cancer
Circumcision rules out the risk of penile cancer, a rare but fatal condition in men.
The roots of your ED/PE are elsewhere
Circumcision really wouldn’t be the main suspect of your erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.
A big culprit is one’s lifestyle choices. Drinking too much alcohol can severely impact your erectile dysfunction but eating right and embracing healthier choices can significantly help you.
Psychological conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and stress, may impair sexual functions, as well as performance anxiety in bed because of negative past experience. A sex therapist can help you with that.
SIRE can help you find the root cause of your sexual issues and prescribe medication that will help you have a better time in bed. Book an appointment here.