To Be (Circumcised) or Not To Be (Circumcised)?

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Medically reviewed in December 2020

Updated on April 12, 2022

Is circumcision a good idea or a bad one?

Here are some key points to consider.

The pros
Whether or not someone is circumcised is a highly debated issue, but some studies show that circumcision may cut the rate of sexually transmitted disease by up to half—that is, both the rate at which those who are circumcised acquire sexually transmitted infections and the rate at which they transmit them.

The cons
On the other hand, the penis is fairly densely packed with nerves, and some of the most sensitive are located in the foreskin. Obviously, people who've been circumcised don't know what they might be missing with a "sheath-free sword." But there is some speculation that sexual experiences do feel different for both partners when a foreskin is present. And some do report decreased sexual pleasure without a foreskin.

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