Circumcision at 3 to 6 years does not impair psychosexual function in adulthood

Circumcision performed between ages 3 to 6 years does not adversely affect men's psychosexual function during adulthood, report Turkish researchers.

A study of 301 Turkish men aged 30-40 years found no significant differences in scores for erectile function, premature ejaculation, and depression among men who were circumcised during the phallic (aged 3-6 years) and nonphallic periods of life, they say.

Writing in Andrologia, Abdullah Armagan (Bezmialem Vakif Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey) and colleagues explain that according to Freudian psychology, "the phallic period is described as an important time between the age of 3 and 6 years, in which the child develops sexual identity and adult sexual attitudes." Physicians have been discouraged from performing circumcision during this time, because of concerns it may have unfavorable psychosexual effects in the future.

However, evidence for this is mostly anecdotal, the team adds, and "in many countries, due to traditional or religious beliefs, circumcision is applied before puberty under local anaesthesia and many [such procedures] are performed during the phallic period."

Between January and June 2012, the researchers assessed 135 men who were circumcised during the phallic period and 177 circumcised outside this period. They found no significant between-group differences in the men's mean scores for the International Index of Erectile Dysfunction (IIEF) or the Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool (PEDT). Those circumcised during the phallic period had a mean IIEF score of 25.1 compared with 25.4 in those circumcised outside of this period. Similarly, the respective scores for the PEDT were 8.2 and 8.7.

In addition, the Beck Depression Inventory score was similar between the two groups, at respective scores of 10.8 and 9.8.

Furthermore, subdomain analysis of the IIEF showed no significant differences between the two groups of men in erectile function, orgasm, sexual desire, intercourse satisfaction, or overall satisfaction, reports the team.

"To our knowledge, this is the first study investigating the future psychosexual functions after phallic phase circumcision," write Armagan et al. "The large number of participants and the use of the validated questionnaires make our study a valuable contribution to the existing literature."

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  1. Gian cloud Gian cloud United States says:

    Yeah right! Of course this study was done in Turkey where boys in this age range are circumcised for religious reasons. It's just like in the USA where biased medical research is used to justify male infant circumcision. Circumcision is genital mutilation whether it's performed at birth or between 3 and 6 years of age and it will always effect sexual life!

  2. Gary Harryman Gary Harryman United States says:

    Circumcision is somatosensory slaughter.  

    What we euphemistically call "circumcision" crudely amputates thousands of the most specialized pressure-sensitive cells in the human body. Thousands of Pacinian corpuscles, Meissner's corpuscles, Ruffini corpuscles, and Merkel discs are found only in the glabrous (hairless) skin of the tongue, lips, palms, nipples, fingertips, and most densely, in the clitoris and the foreskin - especially in the Ridged Band portion of the foreskin. These four specialized cells are the cells that process thousands of information impulses per second and allow blind people to "see" braille with their fingertips.  Why have these mechano-communication cells evolved so richly in these seven locations?  We don't know yet, but we do know Nature does nothing without a reason and to deliberately snuff out the tactile interfaces of thousands of somatosensory channels of communication that Nature has perfected over millions of years is stupid, violent, and ruinous - barbarism from the Stone Age.  Such malevolent sexual mutilation leaves the victim partially devitalized and sub-normalized for life.  In this Age the perpetrators of such inhumane atrocities and those who aid and abet them are called criminals.

  3. Hugh Intactive Hugh Intactive New Zealand says:

    How interesting that they appeal to Freudian psychology when Freud was very clear that circumcision at any age is psychologically closely akin to castration, and when done at an age it could be remembered was likely to induce castration anxiety.

    What is striking is that this study didn't have  control group of men who weren't circumcised at all. I wonder how they compare on erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and depression? The Frisch study in Denmark found circumcised men have more orgasm difficulties, and the Bronselaer study in Belgium found decreased sexual pleasure and lower orgasm intensity, more effort to achieve orgasm and more pain.

  4. Ron Low Ron Low United States says:

    Ask any intact man. Foreskin feels REALLY good. It's the best part.

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