If you’re considering circumcision as an adult, you may tend to think of it as a decision that only affects you, your health, and your life. But research has shown being circumcised also has a direct bearing on female partners as well. In fact, when it comes to deciding whether or not to be circumcised, many men cite concerns over how their newly circumcised penis will affect their sex life and their female partners.
As with other debates about adult circumcision, the effect of circumcision on female pleasure has been the subject of plenty of discussion and controversy. Fortunately, there are some pretty compelling statistics that can help you cut through the misinformation and provide you with the facts you need to make an informed decision for yourself. If you’ve been wondering about how a circumcision would affect your female partner, here’s what you need to know:
She’ll Be Healthier The primary health benefits for women of circumcised partners relates to the buildup of bacteria and other pathogens under the foreskin of an uncircumcised male. During intercourse, these pathogens can be delivered directly into the urogenital system by the male partner, where they can cause infection in the vagina and urinary tract.
When their male partner is circumcised, women benefit by having:
- A fivefold reduction in the risk of HPV-associated cervical cancer (HPV stands for human papillomavirus, a common virus that can lodge beneath the foreskin and be transmitted to the vagina and cervix during sex)
- A fivefold reduction in the risk of chlamydia, a serious STD that can increase the risk of infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and ectopic pregnancy. A twofold decrease in the risk of developing genital herpes, a substantially reduced risk of developing other sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV, syphilis, and chancroid
She’ll Feel More Intimate
Men who are circumcised are also less likely to have smegma, a sticky residue of dead skin cells, oils, and other substances that can cause an unpleasant odor and become a harbor for bacteria. That can make any intimate encounter more pleasurable, including oral sex.
She Won’t Worry About Your Ability to Perform
Being circumcised also means you and your partner won’t have to worry about phimosis, a condition in which the foreskin does not retract over the glans, or head, of the penis, Men with phimosis have significant difficulty in obtaining erection and engaging in sexual intercourse. In fact, about one out of every 10 men with phimosis cannot achieve an erection.
She’ll Enjoy Sex More
Finally, studies have shown women whose partners are circumcised are actually more likely to experience increased sexual pleasure compared to women whose partners are uncircumcised.
Why? Women involved in the studies reported several reasons:
- They preferred and were more stimulated by the appearance of the circumcised penis.
- They found circumcised men to have fewer hygiene issues like smegma and odor.
- They found circumcised men to have more “staying power” compared to uncircumcised men.
- They reported greater penile-vaginal stimulation, which led to one of the most important reasons cited by women.
- They reported having orgasms more frequently during sex.