NewsTuesday 20th March 2007
A study published in the April 2007 edition of of BJU International claims that it "conclusively shows that circumcised males have a significant penile sensory deficit as compared with non-circumcised intact men."
The study, which was carried out in the San Francisco Bay area of California, tested 159 subject males with Semmes-Weinstein monofilament touch-tent sensory evaluators. The study found that the most sensitive part of the penis on non-circumcised males is at the tip of the foreskin, an area which is always removed if a male is circumcised.
The study also found that the glans penis in circumcised males is significantly less sensitive to fine touch than in intact males. The five most sensitive areas are found only on the non-circumcised penis.
George C. Denniston, M,D., MPH, President of Doctors Opposing Circumcision, commented, "This new study provided further evidence of the permanent and irreversible lifelong injury of non-therapeutic neonatal circumcision and raises grave ethical questions regarding the continued performance of child circumcision. We call upon the American Academy of Pediatrics to defend children from this practice."
The study, entitled 'Fine-touch pressure thresholds in the adult penis' is available to view online.