Histological Correlates of Penile Sexual Sensation: Does Circumcision Make a Difference?

  • Guy Cox, John N. Krieger, Brian J. Morris
  • Sexual Medicine, June 2015, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1002/sm2.67

Effect of male circumcision on sexual function

What is it about?

Systematic review of the literature on sensory receptors in the penis.

Why is it important?

First overview of structures in the penis to identify those responsible for sexual pleasure. We show that the foreskin has no role. This means circumcision does not affect sexual pleasure. As such the study supports systematic reviews that find no difference in sexual sensation, satisfaction and function between circumcised and uncircumcised men.


Professor Brian J. Morris
University of Sydney

Men should now have no concern about circumcision and sexual pleasure or function.

John Krieger
University of Washington Health Sciences Library

This is a critical look at the structures that determine much of male sexual function. We conducted a detailed scientific review of the literature to answer an important question, "Does male circumcision make a difference?" The answer is, "No difference."

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The following have contributed to this page: Professor Brian J. Morris and John Krieger