Circumcised Penises and Your Chances of Getting Laid

Yesterday, someone asked me whether I thought men with circumcised penises had a better chance of getting women than those who were uncircumcised. I thought this was an interesting question!

Circumcised Penises and Your Chances of Getting Laid

After doing some research, here is my conclusion:

YES -- A circumcised penis improves a man's chances of getting laid (1) by reducing his risk of contracting a medical conditions that will impede his ability to have sex, (2) by increasing a woman's pleasure during sex, and (3) by increasing his ability to last longer in bed.

Now for the data to back this up!

Medical Benefits to Circumcision

There are many medical benefits to neonatal circumcision of a penis. Tobian, Gray and Quinn (2010) found that circumcision reduces a male's risk of acquiring HIV by 55%, genital herpes by 25%, genital ulcerations by 47%, and cancerous HPV by 33%. Morris and Kreiger (2017) also found that the risk of contracting balanitis and phimosis, which are fungal inflammatory conditions of the glans penis and foreskin associated with a 3.8-fold increase in risk of penile cancer, drops by 68% in those with circumcised penises (2017b). Both balanitis and phimosis result in pain and bleeding of the penis (Edwards, 1996). In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics also found circumcision to reduce a male's risk of contracting urinary tract infections.

In females, there are also several medical benefits to selecting male partners with circumcised penises. Stockman (2012) found a 28% reduction in risk of acquiring cancerous HPV, a 40% reduction in the risk of bacterial vaginosis and a 48% reduction in risk of trichomoniasis. Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) associated with preterm birth and HIV acquisition and transmission (Hillier, 2010). Female sexual partners of circumcised men were also found to have reduced risk of cervical cancer (Male Circumcision, 2002) and chlamydial infection (Castellsague et al., 2005).

Sexual Benefits to Circumcision

In males, Krieger et al. (2008) found that men circumcised as adults reported no increase in sexual dysfunction when compared to their uncircumcised peers. Sorrells et al. (2007) also found circumcision to increase the sensitivity threshold of the penis, or, in other words, to increases a man's ability to last longer in bed. These results were also corroborated by Senkul et al. (2004) which found increased ejaculatory latency time (i.e., increased ability to delay ejaculation) in males after circumcision. In addition, increased sexual prowess (Immerman & Mackey, 1997) and range of sexual practices enjoyed (Laumann. Masi, & Zuckerman, 1997) were higher in circumcised males. Finally, a sample of over ten thousand Australian men aged 16–59 found that circumcised men were less likely to have trouble keeping an erection and less likely to experience physical pain during intercourse (Richters et al., 2006).

In females, a sexual satisfaction study in Uganda found that 97% of female partners reported either no change or improved sexual satisfaction after their male partner was circumcised (Kigozi, Godfrey, et al, 2009). A study by Kreiger et al. (2007) found 92% of female partners to report being "very satisfied" after their partners were circumcised, with another 5% being "somewhat satisfied." Two other studies conducted in Malawi and Zambia, respectively, also found females to report greater sexual satisfaction with a circumcised partner (Zulu et al., 2015; Shacham, Godlonton & Thornton, 2014).

Contraindications to Circumcision

A recent meta-analysis by Morris and Krieger (2017) did find weak evidence suggesting that circumcision may be associated with increase in meatal stenosis (MS), a condition that causes pain and redness during urination in males; however, the increase in risk compared to uncircumcised males is less than 1% and can be reduced further with the application of petroleum jelly.

In addition, slightly more males in a study conducted in South Korea reported post-circumcision masturbation and sex to be less pleasurable due to decreased sensitivity or penile scarring than those who reported either no change or an increase in pleasure and ease during sex and masturbation (Kim, DaiSik, & Pang, 2007). These findings are likely due to the increase in the penis' sensitivity threshold (Sorrells et al., 2007) and ejaculatory latency time (Senkul et al., 2004).

Who is least likely to be circumcised?

According to the District of Colombia Department of Health (2011), African American and Hispanic populations in the United States have the lowest rates of male circumcision and disproportionately higher rates of viral STIs. Leibowitz et al. (2009) noted the decrease in Medicare coverage for male circumcision as a potential cause.

Thoughts?

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Citations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision: Circumcision policy statement. (1999). Pediatrics. 1999;103(3):686–693.
  • Castellsague, X., Peeling, R.W., Franceschi, S., de Sanjose, S., Smith, J.S., Albero, G., Diaz, M., Herrero, R., Munoz, N. and Bosch, F.X. (2005). Chlamydia trachomatis Infection in Female Partners of Circumcised and Uncircumcised Adult Men. American Journal of Epidemiology, 162, 907-916. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwi284
  • Edwards, S. (1996). “Balanitis and Balanoposthitis: A Review.” Sexually Transmitted Infections, vol. 72, no. 3, 1996, pp. 155–159., https://doi.org/10.1136/sti.72.3.155.
  • Hillier, Sharon (2010). “Trichomoniasis.” Oxford Textbook of Medicine, 2010, pp. 1142–1144., https://doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070813_update_001.
  • Immerman RS, Mackey WC. A biocultural analysis of circumcision. Soc Biol 1997;44:265–75.
  • Kigozi, Godfrey, et al. “Sexual Satisfaction of Women Partners of Circumcised Men in a Randomized Trial of Male Circumcision in Rakai, Uganda.” BJU International, vol. 104, no. 11, 2009, pp. 1698–1701., https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-410x.2009.08683.x.
  • Kim, DaiSik, and Pang (2007). “The Effect of Male Circumcision on Sexuality.” BJU International, vol. 99, no. 3, 2007, pp. 619–622., https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-410x.2006.06646.x.
  • Krieger, Bailey, Opeya, BAyieko, Opiyo, Omondi, et al. (2007). Adult male circumcision outcomes: experience in a developing country setting. Urol Int, 78 (2007), pp. 235-240
  • Krieger JN, Mehta SD, Bailey RC, et al. (2008). Adult male circumcision: effects on sexual function and sexual satisfaction in Kisumu, Kenya. J Sex Med. 2008;5(11):2610–2622.
  • Laumann EO, Masi CM, Zuckerman EW. Circumcision in the United States. Prevalence, prophylactic effects, and sexual practice. JAMA 1997;277:1052– 7.
  • Leibowitz, Arleen A., et al. “Determinants and Policy Implications of Male Circumcision in the United States.” American Journal of Public Health, vol. 99, no. 1, 2009, pp. 138–145., https://doi.org/10.2105/ajph.2008.134403.
  • “Male Circumcision, Penile Human Papillomavirus Infection, and Cervical Cancer.” New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 347, no. 18, 2002, pp. 1452–1453., https://doi.org/10.1056/nejm200210313471816.
  • Morris, B. J., & Krieger, N. (2017a). “Does Circumcision Increase Meatal Stenosis Risk?—a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Urology, vol. 110, 2017, pp. 16–26., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2017.07.027.
  • Morris, B. J., & Krieger, N. (2017b). “Penile Inflammatory Skin Disorders and the Preventive Role of Circumcision.” International Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 8, no. 1, 2017, p. 32., https://doi.org/10.4103/ijpvm.ijpvm_377_16.
  • Richters J, Smith AM, de Visser RO, Grulich AE, Rissel CE. Circumcision in Australia: Prevalence and effects on sexual health. Int J STD AIDS 2006; 17:547–54.
  • Senkul T, Iser IC, Sen B, KarademIr K, Saracoglu F, Erden D. Circumcision in adults: Effect on sexual function. Urology 2004;63:155–8.
  • Stockman, J. A. (2012). Effect of circumcision of HIV-negative men on transmission of human papillomavirus to HIV-negative women: A randomised trial in Rakai, Uganda. Yearbook of Pediatrics, 2012, 267–269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yped.2011.06.064
  • Sorrells ML, Snyder JL, Reiss MD, Eden C, Milos MF, Wilcox N, Van Howe RS. Fine-touch pressure thresholds in the adult penis. BJU Int 2007;99: 864–9.
  • Tobian, A. A., Gray, R. H., & Quinn, T. C. (2010). Male circumcision for the prevention of acquisition and transmission of sexually transmitted infections. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 164(1). https://doi.org/10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.232
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  • Well articulated and researched question! Very well done. I keep hearing that more women prefer circumcised due to aesthetics. I’ve also been told that uncircumcised men have generally more feeling during penetration vs men who are circumcised. From my own experience, I wouldn’t know any better between the two since I’ve always been circumcised since day one. I have plenty of feeling as I’ve always been able to enjoy intercourse and manual stimulation with a woman and ejaculate with no problem. As to the aesthetics, I’ve been complemented a number of times that it looks good and is a major turn on to the opposite. I never had a choice in the matter since I was a newborn when it was performed. But I feel very lucky that they did a very good job. I’ve heard many horror stories about how they botched it for many boys who have a weird looking penis. I really like the way I look. There is a good and even transition with the skin that was removed. There is contrast but it blends well. If I were to have children though, I would not do this to newborn boys. I would let them become adults and then they could decide if they want it or not. I’d error on the side of natural because you can always remove but it’s much more difficult to restore. It just seems a barbaric thing to do to little boys. In general, I always go with natural. Just like I’ve always advocated for women to not give into aesthetics trends and remove/modify their pubic hair or get labia surgery.

    • Very insightful answer! I do personally prefer, for the reasons above, a circumcised penis as well. I did have an ex (who I never had sex with) who was uncircumcised and had a hygiene issue. I respect those who do nice decide to do the surgery and understand completely that you’d leave it up to your sons to make the decision themselves. The research doesn’t seem to indicate too many complications with the surgery happening in adulthood which is good.

    • Thank you. And I’m glad you like the look of circumcised. Yeah, the surgery is more perfected nowadays so the risk factors are less. It’s just about giving boys the chance to make their own minds up on the matter. I wouldn’t go back myself. I’m confident and appreciative of how my body both looks and performs when it comes to intercourse to satisfy the opposite. I hope I don’t sound arrogant or stuck up about it. I’m just trying to project the healthy idea that it’s ok to feel confident and good in one’s own skin. There’s obviously a good balance to be had as in all things.

    • You’re a good guy and that makes perfect sense. We should all be encouraged to feel comfortable in our own skin. I’m am just grateful that options exist for people because when there are health benefits involved, it can really make all the difference for some people.

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  • Don't get circumcised because you think it will make getting laid easier. I've never had anyone be upset I had a foreskin, and my wife says she's very glad I have one. And I live in a region that has one of the highest rates of infant circumcision.

    • absolutely. i said in another response that a circumcised penis is not a magical charm that will make women appear.

    • Would you reject an uncircumcised man (assuming you knew ahead of time he was uncircumcised)?

    • i had an uncircumcised ex

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  • Personally I believe circumcised looks better but it isn’t a preference for me for that reason, i think they all work the same? I never been with a uncircumcised man before so I wouldn’t know by experience


    I think the only thing that would convince my to prefer circumcised is for hygienic reasons. I’m sorry but it’s no secret that many men are dirty and women go above and beyond to clean ourselves by exfoliating, cleaning our hair, shaving if we want, deeply cleansing, cleaning our tongues, etc. Not to say all men are dirty but I’ve heard so much from men themselves, their women, and even saw it. Supposedly it’s masculine to be dirty which is absurd. A clean man is a sexy one but I don’t know what I don’t see and a guy being circumcised is one step closer to him being clean without all the extra cleansing

    • hygiene is so important. both sexes should take hygiene very seriously. an uncircumcised man can also be hygienic but having the foreskin due to the increased chance for bacterial buildup and anatomical differences just means the man has to take extra precautions to maintain higiene

    • being “dirty” or unhygienic is never sexy to me, so i agree to you

    • *with

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  • just answering the heading of your question, it doesn't increase their chances of getting laid, after all. who know that that guy near you has been circumcised or not when you go out for sex, but I can understand where are coming from. my husband though, is not circumcised, but his foreskin doesn't cover the head fully, also, personal hygiene plays a large part in this

    • i definitely understand you. it was just my best attempt to answer the question i was asked with scientific reasoning. hygiene definitely does play a huge part

    • and obviously a circumcised penis is not a magical talisman that will magically make women appear

    • thank you, Lynn, you seem to be the kind of person that can hold a super conversation with, I like you,

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  • You didn't look at the question you asked. You may have proven some meta-benefits to circumcision in terms of health, "sexual prowess" "sexual satisfaction" etc.

    But none of it has anything to do with the LIKELYHOOD (chances) a guy will get laid. Your data does not back up your thesis.

    Honestly, I assumed this was some misguided lonely guy when I read only the title. As a guy who happens to be circumcised, I have to say, that this all seems really really silly and unnecessary.

    For it to affect a guy's "chances of getting laid", dudes would have to drop their pants, and women would take a look at their dick, say "nope," and leave (if it weren't circumcised). That's... never happened. 🙂

  • Interesting research and very informative... proper citation, that's great.

    By and large it reenforced some of what I already knew or assumed I knew. I read or always understood, that if you are not circumcised then it's a hygiene issue, meaning that you have to keep it clean, not just on the outside but on the interior folds... or there is high chance of passing infections on to the women, increasing chances of yeast infections and other types of infections other than just STD's.

    Yes, circumcision deceased sensitivity for the male because basically the head of you your penis is exposed 24/7 so you become less sensitive or build up greater tolerance from external stimuli.

    But I never saw the actual data or stats on it so thanks for sharing that.

    Health wise it makes sense to me, because if get any type of fluid trapped within the foreskin and it's not cleaned out immediately you are just holding there in close contact to you skin for unknown amounts of time. And is the case with more infections or virus if they are being exposed to direct air, they remain infectious longer.

    Well done.

  • Your myTakes are so thoughtful, thorough, and impeccably researched. I confess that the fact that I'm circumcised didn't, I think, help me get a girlfriend or laid, but that's me, not the point you're trying to make. I'm glad I am, for many reasons, the chief two is zero maintenance and aesthetics.

    • Thank you so much. I was accepted into a PhD program a few years ago but ultimately decided against it due to the expenses and job prospects afterwards, but it would be a lie to say that I don't love research. I appreciate so much that you read what I wrote. And I agree with you that from a personal standpoint, I also find circumcised penises to be more aesthetically pleasing.

    • Well congratulations to you! Merely being accepted is an achievement so, my hat's off to you. And, research is fun in any form. It's nice being mentally challenged and your posts do that. Plus, you're writing about stuff that folks usually don't. Keep bringing it! :)

    • Thanks! I do love the mental challenge and to keep other people thinking too. And for sure, I certainly will :)

  • Nah I'm good. I don't have this fetish for damaged men like so many other American women do.

    • A little strong-worded, don't you think? 😂😂

    • @xJeremyx strong worded but the truth

    • I would not consider circumcised men "damaged". Especially those who never had the choice in the first place.

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  • This is a lot of information and there is a very very good reasoning on why, you did your research and put full effort into this i appreciate the hard work.

    • It means a lot, thank you.

    • Thank you for the information and anytime.

  • I don't have my penis circumsized because I don't want to permanently change something on my body that was naturally made this way. I would only do it if my partner would tell me that she would find it more attractive or hygenic as you suggested. But if I circumcized my penis before, I can't go back of course.

    That's why I don't do anything before I decided

  • I prefer uncircumcised penises.. More sensitive and more pleasurable!! 💯😜❤️

  • Smart woman!!! This "circumcision question" has cause some really ANGRY and CONTENTIOUS debate on this site and you will the 'blow back' to prove it. You did the reading and research to prove it. After several 'confrontations" on this site, I gave up and refused to discuss it with the 'gentile mutilation' antagonists.

    My step sone was not circumcised (his Mexican/Hawaiian father's decision) and he would not take gym classes in HS because he said the other guys made comments about his 'foreskin' and how ugly it looks.

    Many cases of medical problems with women married to uncircumcised men. Many comments on this site by "experts" about the condition of the 'glans-penis" of cut men about the 'sensitivity, (or lack of) roughness, dryness et cetera, and none of that is true, and BESIDES THAT, how would they know?

    Good to read what you wrote, and I could write a dissertation on the subject, but you pretty well covered it.

    • P. S. a prior girlfriend said her last boyfriend was not circumcised and she had to pull the foreskin back all the time and wash the head of his penis before she would put her mouth on it.

    • And yet, ANOTHER P. S. When do you have the time to do all of this reseach?

    • I'm grateful you found the information to be easy to read and useful! It took quite a bit of effort to compile the info, but I admittedly don't sleep much more than around 4-5 hours these days, so when I'm up in the night, especially because it's quiet, I just read stuff and think. There are always individuals who, even when presented with well documented research, are dogmatic in their belief systems. What I hope for them is for the ability to open their minds a little more. I am sorry for your stepson going through that at school. High schoolers (and middle schoolers) can be brutal... I can't tell you how many fights I've seen break out in the schools where I work. Hopefully he has been able to overcome the hurt. And about your prior girlfriend, I applaud her for being bold enough to force her ex to wash his penis. Many exes would be offended and not agree to that.

  • As long as it is a choice made as an adult as a personal preference, or for any valid medical reason at any age, I have nothing to say. But I disagree with circumcising young boys/infants. They should get to choose what they want with their body. Male infant circumcision rates in the U. S. is falling for a reason. And most men around the world are not circumcised.

    And honestly I think most women are ok with an uncircumcised penis, as long as good hygiene is maintained. I for one am uncut, and I have never had any health or hygiene issues with it. Just keep it clean, wash under the foreskin (always wash with soap!), and it'll be ok. Plus, it can be fun when there is more skin to play with and "explore" during intimacy.

    Good quality mytake. Keep it up.

  • 2 and 3, how?

    • 2 is supported by this paragraph: In females, a sexual satisfaction study in Uganda found that 97% of female partners reported either no change or improved sexual satisfaction after their male partner was circumcised (Kigozi, Godfrey, et al, 2009). A study by Kreiger et al. (2007) found 92% of female partners to report being "very satisfied" after their partners were circumcised, with another 5% being "somewhat satisfied." Two other studies conducted in Malawi and Zambia, respectively, also found females to report greater sexual satisfaction with a circumcised partner (Zulu et al., 2015; Shacham, Godlonton & Thornton, 2014). 3 is implied by the increase in the penis' sensitivity threshold (Sorrells et al., 2007) and ejaculatory latency time (Senkul et al., 2004)

    • Also noteworthy is that the studies on sexual satisfaction increasing were conducted on women who were not comparing penises from different men, but instead, who drew this conclusion after comparing sex with the same man who had previously been uncircumcised and then had the surgery to become circumcised.

    • Thank you!

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  • I think women prefer them, especially for oral sex.

  • Excellent MyTake. Well researched and presented in a way that's easy to understand, and supported by valid sources.

    • thank you!

  • The whole if my pp is small or circumcised do i have a better chance of getting laid makes no sense.

    Most the time by the time we make our mind up if we gonna give it up. We ain't even seen it yet.

    Most the time if we bout to do it, we ain't gonna go never mind

    • But i do think you did a great mytake

    • ignore the question i tried to answer and just focus on the stats

    • The mytake was great. The question these guys ask is what i was referencing

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  • Those sources you used to back up your opinion are not authentic. One thing that could never be more wrong is the idea that circumcision reduces contraction of HIV by 55%.

    Circumcision has absolutely no effect on contraction of Stds. All those things you mentioned, are myths

    • The research is the research. Feel free to read the sources for yourself.

    • I know they are wrong

    • Sorry to be so blunt

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  • Interesting statistics, but when meeting a girl, circumcision is not exactly the first topic to discuss, is it?

  • Thank you for all your hard work to compile this.

    • if it helps someone out, definitely worth it, but thank you!

  • Holy citations Batman! Nice job. I didn’t really consider there to be any tangible difference in sexual appeal outside of maybe a preference. I also have heard of medical benefits but didn’t realize how many.


    I do wonder how many men knowing this, would opt to be circumcised as a baby or if it would be more ethical to wait until they were older, maybe 16 or 18 years old.

    • Thank you. The research describes that the earlier the circumcision, the better, because through childhood, the child will experience the benefits described. As far as ethically, that I feel is up to each family probably :)

  • Really good MyTake. I was also impressed by your citations. I have to agree. My father had to get circumcizer when he was 50 because he had repeated infections. It was a painful experience. It looked like they did it with a blind stitch machine.

    • Thank you for the kind words. I'm so sorry your father had to go through repeated infections... That must have been horrible... I hope he is doing better post-surgery.

    • he had a good 20 years with the top down.

  • There are a couple of issues:

    1- the HIV study is flawed the African circumcision study (Marx 2005) that is defended by Tobian, Gray and Quinn (2010) is itself extremely flawed as layed out by (Boyle, G. J. and Hill, G. (2011). Sub-Saharan African randomised clinical trials into male circumcision and HIV transmission: Methodological, ethical and legal concerns. Journal of Law and Medicine) see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brian-Morris/publication/233845925_Wamai_HIV_JLM/links/0912f50c10303f2a34000000/Wamai-HIV-JLM.pdf

    2- Circumcision is a surgery with risk of infection and death: http://www.cirp.org/library/death/#:~:text=Bollinger%20estimated%20that%20approximately%20119,neonatal%20deaths%20from%20all%20causes).&text=There%20are%20several%20case%20reports,are%20deaths%20from%20various%20infections.

    Without major medical benefits and a possibility of death the reasons left for circumcision are aesthetic, religious, cultural and partner sexual satisfaction. In other words, the same arguments that are rejected for female genital mutilation, they simply do not stand under an ethical examination.

    Un-consenting children should not be subject to unnecessary surgery. I have no problem with adults choosing for themselves, but keep babies intact.

  • Of course a GaG girl is going to be in favor of mutilating male genitalia.

    • I made scientific research into pros and cons of circumcising available and answered a question I was asked to the best of my ability not based on my opinion but on available research. I am in no way proposing that all men become circumcised. I encourage men to consider the risks and benefits and think for themselves.

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