Circumcision in adults: effect on sexual function

Urology. 2004 Jan;63(1):155-8. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2003.08.035.


Objectives: To evaluate the effects of adult circumcision on sexual function in men circumcised only for religious or cosmetic reasons.

Methods: The study group consisted of 42 male patients with a median age of 22.3 years (range 19 to 28) referred for circumcision from June 2002 to January 2003. Of the 42 men, 39 desired circumcision for religious reasons. Before circumcision, their sexual performance was evaluated using the Brief Male Sexual Function Inventory (BMSFI) and ejaculatory latency time. The BMSFI evaluation and ejaculatory latency time measurements were repeated after a postoperative interval of at least 12 weeks. The scores in the five main sections of the BMSFI and the ejaculatory latency times before and after circumcision were analyzed.

Results: The differences in the mean BMSFI scores were not statistically significant in any of the five sections. However, the mean ejaculatory latency time was significantly longer after circumcision (P = 0.02).

Conclusions: Adult circumcision does not adversely affect sexual function. The increase in the ejaculatory latency time can be considered an advantage rather than a complication.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Circumcision, Male* / psychology
  • Coitus
  • Ejaculation*
  • Esthetics
  • Humans
  • Islam
  • Libido
  • Male
  • Penile Erection*
  • Postoperative Period
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome