The Effect of Circumcision on Sexuality

- in cut men's own words



Marilyn Milos writes:

I have dealt, time and again, with talk show hosts who say "If I had any more sensitivity, I couldn't stand it." I think the reason for this is that, without the Meissner's corpuscles in the ridged band of the foreskin to provide sensory feedback, a man doesn't know where he is in relation to the orgasmic threshold. Many men think their inability to control orgasmic timing is due to over-sensitivity rather than the fact the lack tens of thousands of important nerve endings that provide essential feedback.


In fact, men who talk like those hosts, implicitly condemn circumcision for making their sensitivity too hair-trigger:


"Speaking as a Cavalier, I'm flummoxed by one proposition of the anti-snipping crowd: that circumcision "reduces sensitivity." Well, thank God I had it trimmed back, then; if the serpent were any more easily provoked, I'd have to spend my days wearing a hoop skirt.

Lyle Neff in the Vancouver Courier, July 21, 2004

"They say taking the skin causes a decrease in sensitivityI don't think I could stand much more sensitivity. I'd pass out."

Fumanchudad on Miss Britt, October 3, 2008

I'm a 30 year old circumsised male and I have no problem with sensitivity. In fact I have the complete opposite - it takes all my willpower not to become too aroused!

Dave on The Art of ManlinessFebruary 24, 2009

"Im sensitive enough without my foreskin. I shudder to think of how much less control I would have with it."

MariusSilverWolf on The Frisky, June 17, 2009

...being circumcised myself, if sex had felt any better when I was in college, I might have gotten myself arrested.

- The Spinozanator, in a (negative) review of "Circumcision: What Every Parent Should Know"
by Anne Briggs on Amazon, September 1, 2009
(yet worldwide, few of the 2 billion intact men get arrested for this reason)

"You'd have more feeling? I wouldn't last 2 seconds"

Alohaalaloha on Mother Jones, November 17, 2010

I brought up the issue with my (circumcised) husband because in case we have a boy several years from now I don't want to be arguing about this in the delivery room. He did not find my points against male circumcision very convincing. (Maybe that's his experience - I don't know if he could stand being any *more* sensitive. The head of the penis, in our experience is super sensitive even if circumcision has taken place.)

DistantStarlight on HealthKicker, April 17, 2010

I'm a 55 year old cut man and the head of my penis is so sensitive that if it were any more sensitive I would loose my load upon entry.

Anonymous at EmpowHER, December 22, 2010

... studies show that being circumcised takes away nerves that increase the pleasure? Well if that's the case I dont want them because if I felt any more pleasure, then the sex wouldnt only last 5 mins.

Bob at the Guggie Daily, January 12, 21011

Fine, but if I had much more sensation, I'd probably be ejaculating in my pants.

Clifton100 on Youtube, January 22, 2011

... only one of the (somewhere-in-the-low-double-digits) partners I've had has been uncircumcised, and let's just say that they all seemed plenty sensitive to me. (A couple were a little too sensitive for the situation, ifyouknowhatimean.)

EmpressCallipygos on MetaFilter, February 3, 2011

So it's more sensative 'with',? but who needs that? It's hard enough holding back with a hot chick as it is. Haha.

financehawk on YouTube, April 1, 2011

I must confess, every time I hear about how much sensation and pleasure my circumcised penis is missing out on I can't help but wonder why MORE would be a desirable objective. I'm afraid it would simply make for an all too ephemeral enterprise.

- Poweslave on Science Blogs, May 3, 2011

... if it were any more sensitive, I'd have two spare pairs of boxers in the truck lest I get the "come hither" look at intersections or I have to scratch it. ...

EFIS on Salt Lake Tribune May 17, 2011

...i am circumcised, i last about 21 seconds in bed. the thought of having thousands of additional nerve endings makes me think id technically be a virgin forever.

Anonymous at Viceland, June 17, 2011

on the sensitivity issue the debate is laughable.if we were any more sensitive we would be raping females all day and all night.trust jewish boys when they say they feel far too much sensitivity.

- jacob levy in the Jewish Daily Forward, June 29, 2011

I'll pass on the sensitivity thing. Last thing i need is to go from the 10 minute wonder to the 5 minute wonder.

- astralvortex at FARK.com, July 15, 2011

i had someone explain to me how uncircumcised people experience more pleasure which made me think: how much more pleasure do we need? I have no complaints right now....if anything I think it would be too much to handle.

- sturg1dj onGawker, July 29, 2011

"But it decreases pleasure with sex!" Good. Sex is physically pleasurable enough. I have more of a problem with coming too quick than too slow.

CambridgeHeights on YouTube, July 29, 2011

...to be honest, about the last thing I want is to be MORE sensitive in that area, resulting in even shorter lovemaking time.

Bowen Houffon MSNBC, September 2, 2011

I don't know about other males, but I sure as hell have enough sensitivity and can't imagine wanting anymore.

Bob in Sun City on MSNBC, September 3, 2011

I am 37, circumsized as well and I sure as hell have enough sensitivity at times it is painful. I couldn't imagine being even more. Sex would be a 30 sec ordeal everytime.

Wantsmore on Talk About Marriage, September 13, 2011

I have enough trouble staying the course as it is. If it felt any better, I'd last about 3 seconds.

FlyingSquid on Talking Points Memo, October 4, 2011

So, I tend to think that seriously dramatic overreactions to having been routinely circumcised are unwarranted. I mean, if I were any more sensitive, Id be coming right now, and who wants that?

howardpierce on Lousy Canuck's blog, December 27, 2011

My husband is so glad he doesnt have his foreskin. He actually wants to be able to please me in bed and even with out all those extra 20,000 nerve endings he still climaxes before me every time. He wishes he could be even less sensitive so he could hold out long enough for me to climax.

Laura Zoey - posted on Circle of Moms, June 15, 2010

Any female who uses the argument that it removes nerve endings has no idea. I am a circumcised male and I think I have enough nerves in that spot, anymore and I couldn't handle it. lol

Derek McKenzie on Facebook, November 17, 2012

I'm circumcised and if I had more sensitivity, I'd cream my pants just walking.

Foals on Record in the Guardian, December 18, 2012

I honestly felt like If I could get anymore sensitive down there...it would probably be painful.

Un3ven on Yahoo Answers, January 21, 2012

... I am circumcised and I am certainly not disappointed in any way. I won't go into details but my wife has no trouble driving me completely crazy. If it was any more intense I wouldn't be able to stand it.

economykiller on Newsvine, February 18, 2013

Well, I am circumcised, and damn glad for it, cause as it is now I am way too sensitive. Not that the sensitivity is a bad thing...it's just a bit too much to handle.

Adam Burman on The Times of Israel, February 19, 2013

find it hard to believe it can get any more sensitive than it already is (circumcised). Might never stop hyperventilating and eyes never roll back to normal position if it was.

PlainTruth on Yahoo News, March 8, 2013

My dick is too sensitive as it is. I don't want it more sensitive.

The Crunge on Grasscity, March 23, 2013

I always like the statement that being circumcised reduces pleasure. I'm circumcised and if I enjoyed it any more than I already do, I'd never last long enough for my wife to ever reach orgasm...

Kenneth Anderson in the Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2013

@Adrian I am a helmet guy and I have never had a problem with sensitivity. If anything my problem was the other way, I get aroused far too easily. ...

mont_y in the Sydney Morning Herald, August 14, 2013

''Sometimes too much sensitivity''

O Canada, December 5, 2013

Playing with my dick feels pretty fucking fantastic and it has no extra skin over it. If it felt any better i would last all of 5 seconds. I am completely fine with being circumcised. I will ride my cut dick all the way to hell!

[Name in Japanese characters] on Facebook, January 10, 2014

My first body modification. 20,000 nerve endings severed? I'm cut & sensitive as hell. If I wasn't cut, I'd orgasm with every step under that theory.

Ken Cole on Facebook, January 9,2014

I already got trouble lasting long in good p*ssy, I don't need any more pleasure

ChrisDorner on The ColiJanuary 22, 2014

I am circumcised. If I had more sexual pleasure than I already have I might have problems with premature ejaculation. And I might not be able to last as long, thus depriving my partner of as much pleasure.

FreeRanger on The Daily Beast, February 2, 2014

To all those people saying it's WAY more sensitive and better to have an uncircumsized penis... here is my arguement:

I am circumcised and love sex. It feels fantastic. I don't really wish for any more sensation, because it's overwhelming at times as it is. I feel like if it were any more sensitive, I would just immediately cum, and wouldn't be able to 'stay in the game'.

So thank you parents for circumcising me; I am now able to adequately service ladies without prematurely ejaculating.

kebob on Reddit, February 10, 2014

You mean its even better that what I have? I don't believe you. I would definitely suffer from premature ejaculation. Then my partners would be unsatisfied - still who cares about them? Not some people obviously.

justliveandletlive on YouTube, March 2013

One man drove by and yelled, If I had any more sensation Id only last 5 seconds!

- Brian Herrity reporting on a demonstration at Walnut Creek, CA, March 23, 2014

if i had anymore sensation i dont think i would last more than 20secs... i love my circumcision, really sets my junk apart from the others.

- oxymoronic on MMO, April 15, 2014

Tyler: more than enough pleasure

Tyler Palmer College Humor, May 7, 2014

... Personally my penis still has way too much feeling in it...

Jaden Oldfield on Youtube, May 9, 2014

"He says it reduces penis sensitivity"
Yeah, more sensitivity. That's JUST what I need.

Papagano on MLive, September 6, 2014

You have NO CLUE what you are talking about. ... less "feeling"...haha, well my husband sure doesn't need any more. ...

socalimom on The Local, October 22, 2014

... I'm thankful I'm not 75% more sensitive. I would never have a clean pair of pants, and would be embarrassed to go out in public for fear of the wind blowing.

Jeff Tenenbaum on Intact America's Facebook page, November 12, 2014

... You said that there is no sensation. That my penis is a "numbed dildo". Which is false. If anything, I have a problem with too much sensation leading to ejaculation earlier than I would like. ...

sythe100 on The Week, November 27, 2014

Interesting. All the same: meh. I can't imagine my cock being more sensitive, or what I'd gain by it being so; I'm really quite sensitive as it is. Rather not cut my hang-time down from the 38 seconds it is.

ArcadianRefugee on Fark, December 11, 2014

Lol. I get outstanding pleasure during sexual acts. I wouldn't want it to be anymore sensitive than it already is.

Chili Red on Facebook, January 19, 2015

I can say without reservation the last thing I need is a more feeling in that area. Men should worry more about other things, we already have virtually bottomless capacity for inordinate obsession with all things fornication.

Redshirt on the Atlantic, May 14, 2015

Also, if the sensation was any more intense I would probably have died of a brain aneurysm by the time I turned 13. So I'm OK with my parents' decision.

this guy I know in Spokane on The Stranger, July  2, 2015

Had I not been clipped, I'd have been institutionalized in a home for the sexually insane shortly after puberty.

Pifco in the Globe and Mail, Sepetember 22, 2015

... trust me, I know how sensitive I am. Any more sensitive and I'd be useless in bed lmfao

- William Risboskin in Facebook, September 28, 2015

...In terms of sensitivity, a circumcised dick gives more than enough. I think as guys we're all wanting to last longer not the other way around haha.

- Bobby Nixon on Joe Rogan's YouTube interview with Milo Yiannopoulos, October 1, 2015

''my husband couldn't handle any more sensitivity"

- message to  Sara Rhianna Grosse on Facebook, October 2, 2015

 Everyone talks about how much "sensitivity" you loose. If I had and more sensitivity, I'd have an even harder time lasting to measly two minutes I do now. I'm quite happy with being circumcised
- Christian Chance Wheeler on Atheist Republic on Facebook, March 12, 2016

Saying it causes Loss of sensitive is a crock of shit, if i was any more sensitive it would be all over before i get it out

- Justin Juzzy Smith on Anti-Theists. Pro Active Atheists. Opposing Religious Harm
on Facebook, April 14, 2016
I'm circumcised and am perfectly happy that way. I certainly wouldn't want any more sensitivity to the area, or I wouldn't be able to stand it. It is far too sensitive as it is.
Les W Dewar on Global News, April 16, 2016
 I am cut. My penis is has always been crazy sensitive. So if it does reduce sensitivity it must be minimal. In fact most young males try to concentrate on making their penis less sensitive, to increase time of sex before climaxing. I am 36 it's still pretty dang sensitive....
Dominic Remaro on the Huffington Post, April 21, 2016
No issues here with my circumcision. Anymore nerve endings and I would have an premature issues. To each his/her own.
Andrew Hattway on the Huffington Post, April 21, 2016
I'm circumcised. Plenty of sensation going on right where it needs to be. In fact, trying to imagine having more sensation leads me to believe I'd be a worse lover, as premature climax would probably become an issue.
Nicholas Thieme on Fatherly, April 22, 2016
I do know that my thing works just fine without it and, if anything, if I had it and was thus "more sensitive" I'm fairly sure my perfomrance would be far worse, since I'm no three hour champ as it is...sadly....
Garry Lav on the Huffington Post, April 22, 2016
If I had way more sensation I would've cum in two seconds every time before I was 30. Thanks circumcision. You gave me a chance to halfway please a woman!! ...
- Richard Stanford on James Ketter's Facebook page, June 16, 2016
(also below)
I would hv asked to be circfumcised a million times, I am still sensitive, matter of fact am over senstive..
- Lucci Mo on Facebook, August 10, 2016
 S____ M_____, you said "Male circumcision leads to reduced sensitivity of the male penis......". Geez, I'd hate to see how quickly I'd finish if I hadn't been circumcised!! Wake up, FGM and Male Circumcision are worlds apart. If they cut boys balls off - then it would be comparable.
- Chris Murray on Facebook, August 19, 2016
Well damn, I don't know why my husband can have an orgasm in 5-10 mins with his circumcised penis. It must feel amazing because he has a hard time going any longer, although he wish he could!
- Marcy Maltese on Beanz Donahue's Facebook page, September 30, 2016
Circumcision does not reduce size or sensation.  All the circumcised guys I know worry about TOO much sensation if you know what I mean  animated wink animated wink
- Alicia Smith on Beanz Donahue's Facebook page, September 30, 2016
I'm still pretty sensitive down there. It feels very sensitive for the full 45 seconds I'm in there.
- Adam Schilling on V is for Voluntary on Facebook, May 29, 2017
It's too sensitive as it is. Any more and it would just be painful.
- Tiny Tawny ("I'm a girl with a dick") replying to her own post on Twitter, December 3, 2017
sex-more-''more would be a downside...I have more than enough''
- on David G. McAfee's Facebook page, October 3, 2018
sex-DILLIGAF ''If having a foreskin means MORE sensation, no thanks!''
-Twitter, June 7, 2019

(71 anecdotes - all unsolicited and remarkably similar)


This also suggests a mechanism for what has often been noted informally (and complained of by women), that circumcised men are more goal-oriented about sex. Getting to orgasm is more important than any pleasures to be had on the way. Circumcised men commonly say that there is nothing wrong with their sexuality because "I can still reach ejaculation and orgasm":


I ... acknowledge that maybe the pleasure diminished by the lack of foreskin, but I've always managed to have a good time in bed somehow.

Hardmannyc on queerty, September 20, 2008


Arrgh, so tired of these dipshits equating circumcision with "mutilation." As the procedure does not interfere with function or the ability to orgasm "modification" may be a better word.

Qjersey on queerty, December 12, 2010


@aido92 It may be far less, but it's still a lot, at least to me, besides it doesn't bother me, I can still orgasm, and all that, so I'm fine.

CJCA915 on YouTube, December 24, 2010


Sexual sensation is there and I doubt there is any lose in sensation. ...

grandmastergooch on YouTube, January 23, 2011


But as anyone who has been circumcised can attest, it does not interfere with the ability to have amazing orgasms.

Richard at Eye on a Crazy Planet, January 25, 2011


Orgasm is in the brain, not the penis. What is unsaid and unspoken is that about 20+% of the male population is inorgasmic, painful organsm or difficulty reaching orgasm for unknown reasons. [And has any study disproved circumcision as a cause?] The mechanics work, but not the brain. These men mistakenly [?] attribute, if they ever actually realize they are inorgasmic, this loss to circumcision. It is true that there are aesthetic botches and even functional botch jobs, and even excisions, but unlike female circumciscion, it doesnt necessarily interefer with achieving orgasm in men.

Dean Blake, J. D. on The Good Men Project magazine, February 4, 2011


Circumcision isn't all that catastrophic, guy. An orgasm is an orgasm, and you can still get there, perhaps even drawing out the experience.

cool dude on Yahoo! Answers, March 31, 2011


Well I am still getting stimulated enough to get off. If anything it will prolong ejaculation and make sex last longer.

RH on Yahoo, April 29, 2011

... millions of men have had circumcisions and continue to have apparently normal sexual relations. ... There are pain sensing nerve endings in the prepuce and the glans. There are also pleasurable nerve endings in both. This is why virtually every circumcised male can have intercourse including orgasm. ...

James Biggerstaff MD on Amazon.com on May 17, 2011

I don't agree that circumcision is clearly mutilation - it's not like circumcision renders a man unable to have orgasms (which I understand the female "mutilation" does).

Terry Martorana in the Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2011


A male organ has it's need and as for the act of fornication/ejaculating the method regardless isn't impeded is it?

Jon SR Ranta on Amazon.com, June 9, 2011

"What can a circumcised man do to simulate the experience of having a foreskin?" As far as I can tell I do every time I cum........

GAD on Project Reason, August 12, 2011

It's obvious to me that, unlike most women, circumcised men have no problems achieving orgasm. [Perhaps women have problems because circumcised men "achieve orgasm" too easily?]

janellect on MSNBC, September 2, 2011

Yet I can certainly testify that my satisfaction is genuine satisfaction. I get an erection and climax with satisfaction when I have sex. Who can tell me Im wrong?

howardpierce on Lousy Canuck's blog, December 27, 2011

I was circumcised as a baby and never had any trouble masturbating or reaching orgasm my entire life, and I'm 65 now

Peter Groubert on the Purdue Exponent, February 24, 2012

''We may not experience release''

Gil Origin on YouTube, February 2014

''I can still bust a good nut''

Mike Bragg on YouTube, May 16, 2014

I can tell you that I have no problem achieving orgasm as a circumcised man... So if I did lose some of the nerves responsible for such things, I didn't lose enough to negatively impact my life in any way.... That is the difference between something acceptable and not. If it impacts the persons life negatively.

Justin Rashaw on Facebook, November 9, 2014

... Circumcision does not destroy ones ability to have sex and achieve orgasm. It doesn't make one unable to use the washroom. There is no function of the penis that is removed with circumcision. I know because I'm circumcised.

Tyler Lee Myles on Facebook, July 22, 2015

Danny: "I can bust a nut in a minute if need be"
- Facebook, February 12, 2016

... I'm 49 now and have incredible explosive orgasms just like I always have.

- Richard Stanford on James Ketter's Facebook page, June 16, 2016
(also above)

sex-still ''I have no problem dumping that load''

- comment on Tucker Carlson interview with Fuambai Ahmadu
on YouTube, May 3, 2017
sex :''I can still dispense of semen''
- Twitter, August 6, 2018
Sex-mike-''I do receive sexual pleasure''
- Twitter, 2019
sex-still-tj ''still feel pleasure, still get arousal''
- Twintter, 2019
sex-still-chrish ''to blow my load into my girlfriend''
-Twitter, November 27, 2019
sex-still-darhead ''I could still climax"
 -Twitter, April 22, 2020

(26 anecdotes, all unsolicited and remarkably similar)

When the ridged band is missing, the nervous connection between stimulation and arousal is so thin (the "bandwidth" is so low, if you like), that the level of stimulation has to be high and uninterrupted to reach orgasm at all. Thus circumcised men can only relax and enjoy sex when orgasm has been reached, and orgasm is something that has to be achieved, it may not be pleasurably delayed. (A sex manual of 1961, "The Marriage Art" by John D. Eichenlaub, nowhere mentions the foreskin, but recommends that a woman apply ice to her partner's perineum for a special thrill.)
And here's one man who can't reach orgasm:

Had to use IVF because he could not reach orgasm with intercourse or by hand
- Facebook, May 23, 2021

Circumcised men commonly find their frenulum (that is, whatever remnant of their ridged band was left on them) to be the most sensitive part of their penis. Many sex manuals assume this is true for all men. None has questioned why sexual sensitivity should be so concentrated.

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