ASK DR NOVOA – Does having sex with a circumcised partner improve sexual stimulation?

There is no definite answer to this question. Most studies suggest that having sex with a circumcised or uncircumcised man makes no difference. However, two distinctions have been noticed. (1) The circumcised penis appears to be more attractive to women where the majority of men where they live are already circumcised (2) lubrication appears to be improved with men that are uncircumcised which may improve stimulation.


  1. The “attractiveness” of the circumcised vs. uncircumcised partner may have more to do religious and cultural affects. Circumcision is a required rite of passage in the Jewish religion. Whereas, approximately 60% of white men and 40% of Hispanic men are circumcised. Interestingly, stats show that up to 70% of gay and bisexual men are circumcised (Level of Attractiveness???) Since greater than 85% of all men in El Paso are Hispanic, you are more likely to be with an uncircumcised partner. The final decision is up to you, since Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder.
  2. It is not unrealizable to imagine that the uncircumcised partner may be able to provide lubrication from his foreskin. However, there is a significant amount of data suggesting that being circumcised reduces the risk of transmitting Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as Herpes (HSV), Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and HIV. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) which is not necessarily sexually transmitted can also be associated with having sex with an uncircumcised man.

The male penis with foreskin (Uncircumcised) carries a significant amount of natural bacteria compared to the circumcised penis and increases the risk of transmitting these infections to the female partner. So woman with a history of recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Herpes, HPV or Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) should ask their partner to wash before having intercourse, especially with uncircumcised partners.

If lubrication is a serious issue, consider using ASTROGLIDE which is an excellent artificial lubricant available over the counter for approximately $10 per bottle. In my opinion, it is superior to KY Jelly. Also, avoid using flavored, heated or multicolored lubricants which add multiple potential irritating products into the vagina.

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