Can phimosis surgery affect sexual function?
The research on the effects of phimosis surgery on sexual function is mixed. Some studies have found that the surgery can improve sexual function, while others have found no difference between circumcised and uncircumcised men.
A 2021 review of the literature found that circumcision does not appear to adversely affect penile sexual function or sensitivity when compared with uncircumcised men. However, the review also noted that the quality of the evidence is low, and more research is needed.
A 2018 study found that men who were circumcised as adults reported increased penile sensitivity and enhanced ease of reaching orgasm. However, the study also found that a small number of men reported a decrease in sexual pleasure after circumcision.
Overall, the evidence suggests that phimosis surgery is unlikely to have a significant negative impact on sexual function. However, it is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the surgery before making a decision.
How long does it take to recover from phimosis surgery?
Most men recover from phimosis surgery within 2-6 weeks. During the recovery period, it is important to keep the surgical area clean and dry. You may also need to avoid sexual activity for a few weeks.
Phimosis surgery, specifically circumcision, can potentially have an impact on sexual function, but the extent of this impact varies among individuals. Here are some factors to consider:
- Sensitivity: After circumcision, some individuals report a change in penile sensitivity. The removal of the foreskin may expose the glans (head of the penis), which can result in a reduction in sensitivity over time. However, this change is not universal, and some individuals may not experience a noticeable difference in sensitivity.
- Erectile Function: Circumcision is not typically associated with a significant impact on erectile function. Most individuals are able to achieve and maintain erections after the procedure without any problems.
- Orgasm: Some individuals may report differences in the sensation of orgasm after circumcision. Some individuals find that they experience orgasms similarly or even more intensely, while others may perceive a difference in sensation.
- Psychological Factors: The psychological aspects of sexual function can be influenced by circumcision. Some individuals may experience changes in body image, self-esteem, or sexual confidence after the procedure. These psychological factors can affect sexual function and satisfaction.
- Personal Preferences: Circumcision may be a matter of personal preference. Some individuals choose circumcision for cultural, religious, or aesthetic reasons, while others may prefer to retain their foreskin.