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Anyone know if the rates of erectile dysfunction are higher in the US than places that do not practice RIC? I'm just curious if there are numbers out there.
 

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There is a study that shows that circed men get ED an average of 10 years before intact men. I'll have to see if I can find it.

I don't think intact status is a guarantee against ED, though, as it has a lot to do with blood circulation, blood pressure, age, and general health. I also don't think it's necessarily accurate to assume anything based on Viagra sales, as some have tried to do before -- evidently Viagra is the new hot sex drug in places like Spain, from articles I've read in the paper. So I guess intact guys can benefit from it too, whether or not they have ED.

ETA: here's the link to the study:

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We evaluated 125 patients, 62 uncircumcised men and 63 neonatally circumcised men. All patients completed the Erectile Function domain of the International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire. Of the 125 patients, 29 (International Index of Erectile Function score of between 25 and 30) were placed in the functional group, and 96 in the dysfunctional group. ... In the dysfunctional group, circumcised men (49 +/- 16 years) were significantly younger (P <0.01) than uncircumcised men (56 +/- 13 years).
 

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Oh, I agree with you on those points (viagra sales not a good judge, and being intact doesn't make it impossible), I was just thinking that being circumcised would increase the incidence.
 

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I've always had a little pet theory about circ/impotence....with zero scientific reasoning of course, lol. But think about what else was going on in the mid-90's when the big push was on to bring viagra to the market....the baby boomers, the first almost universally circ'd generation, were hitting their 50's.
 

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I don't think that you will find an objective study in North America, purely because of the pro-circ culture and the desire of the medical profession to ensure that a very lucrative sideline is maintained.

However, if we look to countries in other parts of the world where there is no vested interest in circumcision, it is plain that a circumcised man is at a distinct disadvantage compared to those who are intact. Check out this study from Denmark:

Male circumcision and sexual function in men and women.


I too have read that, on average, a circumcised man is likely to experience ED ten years earlier than an intact man. I don't doubt it - circumcision does disrupt the arteries in the penis.

The other factor is that through the loss of around 75% of his penile nerves, a circumcised man is far more likely to experience ejaculatory difficulties, simply because he experiences such a loss in sensation. There is not enough feeling to trigger an orgasm. I use that word loosely, because I do not believe that what a circumcised man feels is anything like what an intact man feels. It's just common sense.
 
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