Sensation and Feeling after Circumcision: What to Expect

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD


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Does Circumcision Change Feeling In The Penis During Sex?

shutterstock 144559193 300x200 - Sensation in the Penis after CircumcisionStudies show that when circumcision is performed in adult men, most men report no change in sensation before and after circumcision.  Most men report similar feelings and orgasmic functions after they recover from circumcision and the skin heals which typically takes about 1 month.

Very large studies were performed in Africa where thousands of adult men were circumcised in an effort to prevent the spread of HIV.  As these were sexually active adult men, they were asked after circumcision about their sensation in the penis.  Most men, >90-95%, reported no change in feeling before and after circumcision. 

About 5% of men reported a change in sensation, most minor, with half (2.5%) of them reporting increase and half (2.5%) reporting decrease in sensation.  Overall, there is no significant change in sensation after circumcision for most men.  For men who have pain in the penis before circumcision or hypersensitivity, circumcision typically solves the problem and leads to normal pain-free sex.

In our extensive experience at New York urology specialists we observe 4 findings:

  1. Most men who undergo circumcision for hygienic or aesthetic reasons are highly satisfied with circumcision and report no significant changes in sensation.
  2. Men who undergo circumcision for phimosis especially if it is lifelong, often have increased sensitivity immediately after circumcision which typically normalizes within 1-2 months after circumcision. Occasionally it may take 3-4 months for increased sensitivity to normalize but it virtually always normalizes and results in very satisfied patients.
  3. Patients who had recurrent balanitis prior to circumcision are universally satisfied because their problem is cured. They typically report no change in sensation and report improved quality of life as the pain that they experienced prior to circumcision during intercourse is gone.
  4. Men with underlying depression or highly negative emotions can sometimes regret circumcision, especially in the first few weeks as the circumcision scar is often swollen. They typically are reassured and may require to see a psychiatrist for help. They typically gain satisfaction within a few months once the incision is well healed. Sometimes treatment for underlying depression is necessary.

What do Before and After Circumcision Pictures Look Like?

You can find pictures of circumcision as well as before and after treatment images in our image gallery.

Why Choose New York Urology Specialists for Circumcision and Treatment of Penile Problems?

  • All treatment is performed by a board-certified urologist experienced in cosmetic circumcision, circumcision revision, and penile frenuloplasty. We treat men with phimosis, balanitis, BXO, penile skin bridges, and other penile problems such as symptoms of pain, irritation, and cuts on the penis, foreskin problems, and genital warts.
  • We are one of the few practices in the region to offer a full range of options for the treatment of sexual and erection problems in men.
  • We offer diagnostic testing in our office which avoids hospital costs.
  • Extensive Experience: Thousands of men have treated successfully using medical therapy, surgery including circumcision, circumcision revision, penile frenuloplasty, ShangRing Circumcision, as well as complex penile surgery including penile plication for Peyronie’s disease, and penile implant surgery for ED.

Scheduling Appointments for Circumcision at New York Urology Specialists


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Circumcision With Fast Recovery at New York Urology Specialists

Excellence-Urology_Care-banner2At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of sexual problems in men.  We understand the challenges that penile problems such as pain in the penis, cuts on the foreskin, irritation, and curvature create for our patients, their relationships, and their self-esteem.  We help you find a treatment for penile problems including appearance concerns, foreskin problems, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction that fit your needs, lifestyle, and your preferences.

Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of men with sexual problems that include penis problems, scrotal problems, and erectile dysfunction. By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man who desires an effective treatment for any problem that affects the penis.  We offer medical and surgical treatment for men’s sexual problems.

We Treat Some of the Most Complex Penis and Foreskin Problems Including:

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Call/text today: 1-646-663-5211 or make an appointment online

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship-trained board-certified urologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of sexual and erection problems in men using modern effective and proven treatment methods.  We offer circumcision, circumcision revision, penile frenuloplasty, penoscrotal web repair, testicular implants, inflatable penile implant, shockwave therapy for ED, and treatment for Peyronie’s disease.

He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation, please contact us or call/text: 1-646-663-5545.

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We offer affordable prices with or without insurance