Adult Male Circumcision: Effects on Sexual Function and Sexual Satisfaction in Kisumu, Kenya
January 26, 2009
While male circumcision is being promoted as an HIV prevention tool in high-risk heterosexual populations, there is concern about the procedure's effect on sexual function. The researchers undertook the current study to assess how adult male circumcision impacts male sexual function and pleasure.
From baseline to month 24, rates of any reported sexual dysfunction decreased from 23.6 percent to 6.2 percent for the circumcised group, and from 25.9 percent to 5.8 percent for the uncircumcised group. "Changes over time were not associated with circumcision status," the authors noted. Sixty-four percent of the circumcised men rated their penis as "much more sensitive" after the operation, and 54.5 percent rated their ease of reaching orgasm as "much more" at month 24.
"Adult male circumcision was not associated with sexual dysfunction," the authors concluded. "Circumcised men reported increased penile sensitivity and enhanced ease of reaching orgasm. These data indicate that integration of male circumcision into programs to reduce HIV risk is unlikely to adversely effect male sexual function."
Journal of Sexual Medicine
11.2008, Vol. 5: P. 2610-2622; John N. Krieger, MD; Supriya D. Mehta, PhD, MHS; Robert C. Bailey, PhD, MPH; Kawango Agot, PhD, MPH; Jeckoniah O. Ndinya-Achola, MD; Corrette Parker, PhD; Stephen Moses, MD
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