Male Circumcision and Sexual Function in Men and Women

A Survey-based, Cross-sectional Study in Denmark

Morten Frisch; Morten Lindholm; Morten Grønbæk

Disclosures

Int J Epidemiol. 2011;40(5):1367-1381. 

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Conclusions

Our study shows hitherto unrecognized associations between male circumcision and sexual difficulties in both men and women. While confirmatory findings in other settings are warranted, notably from areas where neonatal circumcision is more common, our findings may inform doctors and parents of baby boys for whom the decision of whether or not to circumcise is not dictated by religious or cultural traditions. Additionally, since it appears from our study that both men and women may have fewer sexual problems when the man is uncircumcised, and because preputial plasties may sometimes serve as suitable alternatives to standard circumcision, our study may stimulate a more conservative, tissue-preserving attitude in situations where foreskin pathology requires surgical intervention.

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