Can Circumcision Affect Premature Ejaculation?

By on July 21, 2013

There has long been a debate whether or not being circumcised makes a man’s penis more sensitive, thus making him more prone to experiencing premature ejaculation. The thinking behind this is that circumcision exposes the frenulum/inner foreskin, making it more sensitive to stimulation, thus, direct stimulation to this area during sex will make a man climax faster. Another interesting theory as to why circumcision can cause premature ejaculation is that circumcision could result in scar tissue on the penis. This scar tissue is often hyper-sensitive, and men who are highly sensitive to stimulation could experience ejaculation when this area is stimulated during sex.

However, according to a study about premature ejaculation and adult circumcision that was published in the Urologia Internationalis, there is no significant difference in amount of time it takes to ejaculation for men before and after circumcision.

Interestingly, there was even a study published that circumcision might actually improve premature ejaculation, rather than cause it. According to a study led by Dr. Temucin Senkul, a urologist in Istanbul, Turkey, 42 men who underwent circumcisions as young adults reported being able to last longer during sex, compared to when they were uncircumcised. His results led Dr. Senkul to conclude that circumcision improved ejaculatory latency time, however, Dr. Chad Ritenour, professor of urology at Emory University School of Medicine does not agree. According to Dr. Ritenour, the results were not conclusive, and people should not interpret them as saying that circumcision is a cure for premature ejaculation.

The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study in 2005 by Dr. Francesco Montorsi showing the correlation between premature ejaculation and circumcision rate by race.  According to the results, men from the Middle East have a lower premature ejaculation rate compared to men from Asia, however, the author is doubtful regarding the accuracy of the data, due to cultural differences between men from different races.

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Furthermore, the study has shown that the premature ejaculation rate in areas where circumcision is popular (for example, the U.S.) do not show a significant difference when compared to areas where circumcision is not popular. The same trend is seen even within countries in the same area; for example, men in South Korea (where circumcision is highly popular) report the same premature ejaculation rate as men from Thailand (where the circumcision rate is less than 20%).


Penile sensitivity and sexual satisfaction after circumcision: are we informing men correctly? Mamood, S, et. al.  2005  Department of Urology, Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, UK.

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