Research conducted by the British Journal of Urology seems to support that sexual pleasure experienced by females varies depending upon whether the male partner is circumcised or uncircumcised. In fact, compiled data strongly suggests that women tend to prefer vaginal intercourse with an anatomically complete penis over that with a circumcised penis. Fortunately for those of us who are 'non-anatomically complete' (i.e. circumcised), all hope is not lost. By understanding the mechanism and triggers behind sexual stimulation, we can actually learn from our uncut brethren new methods for increasing our partner's pleasure.
Facts About Circumcision
Before we delve into the science behind these findings, we should first understand the implications behind circumcision and just how far reaching they are. Circumcision is an operation that removes up to 50% of the penile skin and nearly all of the penile fine-touch neuroreceptors. It is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States and it is estimated that nearly 70% of the U.S. male population is currently circumcised. While the necessity of this surgery has been contested for decades, new research into the effects this procedure has on the act of sex itself has fueled even further debate.
The British Journal of Urology Study
As previously mentioned, results have clearly shown that the majority of women cite greater sexual pleasure during intercourse with an uncircumcised male. But what are the reasons for this? The following conclusions were based on a BJU survey (Adobe PDF 75kb) developed to determine the effect of male circumcision on a woman's ability to achieve vaginal orgasm:
"When the anatomically complete penis thrusts in the vagina, it does not slide, but rather glides on its own 'bedding' of movable skin… The underlying corpus cavernosa and corpus spongiosum slide within the penile skin, while the skin juxtaposed against the vaginal wall moves very little. This shealth-with-a-shealth alignment allows penile movement, and vaginal and penile stimulation, with minimal friction or loss of secretions. When the penile shaft is withdrawn slightly from the vagina, the foreskin bunches up behind the corona in a manner that allows the tip of the foreskin, which contains the highest density of fine-touch neuroreceptors in the penis, to contact the corona of the glans, which has the highest concentration of fine-touch neuroreceptors on the glans. This intense stimulation discourages the penile shaft from further withdrawal, explaining the short-thrusting style that women noted in their unaltered partners."
Take note of the 'short-thrusting style' mentioned, as this is a key element to increasing pleasure levels. The report goes on to say:
"…circumcision removes 33-50% of the penile skin. With this skin missing, there is less tissue for the swollen corpus cavernosa and corpus spongiosum to slide against. Instead, the skin of the circumcised penis rubs against the vaginal wall, increasing friction, abrasion and the need for artificial lubrication. Because of the tight penile skin, the corona of the glans, which is configured as a one-way valve, pulls the vaginal secretions out of the vagina when the shaft is withdrawn. Unlike the anatomically complete penis, there is no sensory input to limit withdrawal. Because the vast majority of the fine-touch receptors are missing from the circumcised penis, their role as ejaculatory triggers is also absent. The loss of these receptors creates an imbalance between the deep pressure sensed in the glans, corpus cavernosa and corpus spongiosum and the missing fine-touch. To compensate for this imbalance, to achieve orgasm, the circumcised man must stimulate the glans, corpus cavernosa and corpus spongiosum by thrusting deeply in and out of the vagina. As a result, coitus with a circumcised partner reduces the amount of vaginal secretions in the vagina, and decreases continual stimulation of the mons pubis and clitoris."
Understanding The Implications
Based on these findings, it can be understood that the actual mechanics of coitus (sexual intercourse) differs between circumcised and uncircumcised men due to the lack of penile neuroreceptors. Circumcised men without these fine-touch receptors tend to thrust harder and deeper using elongated strokes. By comparison, uncircumcised men tend to use shorter and more gentle thrusts which keep more contact with the mons pubis and clitoris. This method, at least for a large majority of women, seems to convey a much more pleasurable experience.
So what can we learn from this as circumcised men? Aside from undergoing risky and expensive foreskin restoration surgery, we are pretty much stuck with what we have. We can however take steps to improve the level of pleasure that is experienced by both ourselves and our partners.
Tips For Circumcised Men
As we tend to use longer thrusts for maximum stimulation, and this action creates both friction and dryness within the vagina, using adequate lubrication is a must. A natural lubricant like Durex or Astroglide will help ensure that the vagina stays moist and any discomfort will be minimized.
Perhaps even more importantly, we can directly modify the method that we use during intercourse itself. From personal experience I can attest that shorter thrusts while at full penetration seems to illicit the greatest pleasure response in women. Instead of withdrawing the full length of the penis during thrusts, try pushing fully into the vagina and use short strokes while maintaining pressure upon the clitoris. This technique will stimulate the entire female genital region and is the most effective way to induce orgasm (both single and multiple).
Pleasurable sex is, of course, not limited to one method alone. It should be comprised of a variety of different techniques – experimentation is half the fun. Let's also not forget that the pleasure derived is not solely for our partner's benefit but for ours as well. There's a reason why circumcised men tend to use longer and more forceful thrusts… because it feels good! So mix it up! There is no limit to the amount of pleasure that sex can bring. The only limitation that exists is our knowledge of the act and this can be improved with both study and practice.
Posted by PRS
Friday, June 20th, 2008
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