Do Women Prefer Circumcised Men?

In the developing world, there is a clear benefit to advocate for circumcision – HIV. In 2007 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that circumcision was an effective tool in the prevention of HIV . Yet in developed nations where infection rates are not at such high levels, is there anything to be gained through circumcision, and what are the repercussions? Does the removal of foreskin affect pleasure, and if so, for who? The man, or the woman?

Effects on sensitivity

While circumcision does not decrease the sex drive, it does decease the sensitivity of the penis. It is a process that removes up to half of the skin on the penis that is filled with neuroreceptors. The head of the penis is no longer protected by the foreskin and according to a Danish research study, this leads to a think layer of harder skin to develop on it. With this reduced sensitivity, circumcised men typically have to work much harder to achieve enough stimulation to reach orgasm. More circumcised men prefer rough sex than those with their foreskin intact.

For some women, sex with circumcised men can be painful. Yet with men who are uncircumcised, during sex the foreskin is retracted as the man penetrates, but is pulled back over as he withdraws. This gliding movement of the foreskin along the vaginal walls can be a particularly pleasurable experience for a woman. However, without the foreskin present, the rim of the penis catches and pulls lubricating fluids out of the vagina as it withdraws, leading to vaginal dryness and painful sex.

Risk of Infection

In uncircumcised men, moisture gets trapped between the penis and the foreskin, creating an environment for bacteria to incubate. Women having sex with uncircumcised men face a greater risk of bacterial vaginosis. Men that are not circumcised are also more likely to pass along any infections they have, including yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and STDs.

Because of this fact alone, some women will prefer sex with circumcised men. Even if a man has perfect hygiene, some women will nonetheless perceive a increase in cleanliness with circumcised men.

Texture of the Penis

According to the study from Denmark, women that have sex with circumcised men are 3 times more likely to report pain during intercourse than those with uncircumcised partners.

The uncircumcised penis is much glossier, a more velvety feel. So for women who aren’t lubricating well, they have much less discomfort having sex with a guy who is uncircumcised.

-Darius Paduch, M.D., Ph.D., New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr Paduch added that men with foreskin require less lubricant, less often during sex and masturbation, since the skin on their penis is naturally slicker.