Does Circumcision Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

With contributions by Jeff Graw, Intact Colorado, and Danelle Day

Circumcision can cause sexual problems for men; especially for older men, and here’s why:

1) The foreskin contains the highest concentration of nerve cells in a man’s body; circumcision destroys these cells.

2) Removing the foreskin causes the glans (head) to keratinize (skin becomes thicker and less sensitive). An organ that was meant to be internal must adapt to being external.

3) The foreskin contains many blood vessels, and removing them impacts the blood supply to the penis, decreasing normal vasocongestion (localized swelling of blood and erection) with sexual stimulation.

As a result, it should not be surprising to find medical studies providing evidence that circumcision can result in erectile complications. See the following:

Alexithymia and Circumcision Trauma: A Preliminary Investigation:

Tang WS, Khoo EM. "Prevalence and correlates of premature ejaculation in a primary care setting: A preliminary cross-sectional study." Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14 Apr. 2011.

Adult male circumcision: effects on sexual function and sexual satisfaction in Kisumu, Kenya.

This is especially found to be true when comparing U.S. markets for Viagra (where the majority of sexually active men are circumcised) with E.D. pharmaceutical sales in other nations around the globe (where the majority of sexually active men are intact). From a financial perspective then, E.D. is not a 'problem' but a 'benefit' - the higher the rates of erectile dysfunction, the better the sales and cash flow for its treatment.

Related Reading:

Is Your Circumcision Making You Soft? Also at:

Is Circumcision Why We Need Viagra?

Acquisition of Erectile Dysfunction from Circumcision:

Does circumcision cause erectile dysfunction?

Foreskin Sexual Function/Circumcision Sexual Dysfunction

The Rise of Viagra: How the little blue pill changed sex in America [book]

CIRCUMserum: Renewal Ointment for the Circumcised Man

Could circumcision be impacting your erection?
Unfortunately, the answer for many American men is yes.

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