Sexual satisfaction of women partners of circumcised men in a randomized trial of male circumcision in Rakai, Uganda

Godfrey Kigozi, Ivan Lukabwe, Joseph Kagaayi, Maria J. Wawer, Betty Nantume, Grace Kigozi, Fred Nalugoda, Noah Kiwanuka, Fred Wabwire-Mangen, David Serwadda, Renee Ridzon, Dennis Buwembo, Dorothy Nabukenya, Stephen Watya, Tom Lutalo, James Nkale, Ronald H. Gray

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Abstract

Objective To investigate the effect of adult medical male circumcision on female sexual satisfaction. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We investigated self-reported sexual satisfaction among 455 women partners of men circumcised in a randomized trial of male circumcision for the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus in Rakai, Uganda. Women aged 15-49 years were interviewed about their sexual satisfaction before and after their partners were circumcised. We analysed female-reported changes in sexual satisfaction using chi-square or Fisher's exact tests. Results Only 2.9% (13/455) of women reported less sexual satisfaction after their partners were circumcised; 57.3% (255/455) reported no change in sexual satisfaction and 39.8% (177/455) reported an improvement in sexual satisfaction after their partner's circumcision. There were no statistically significant differences in sexual satisfaction before and after partner's circumcision by age, religion and education status. CONCLUSION The overwhelming majority of women (97.1%) report either no change or improved sexual satisfaction after their male partner was circumcised. These findings suggest that male circumcision has no deleterious effect on female sexual satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1698-1701
Number of pages4
JournalBJU International
Volume104
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Male circumcision
  • Sexual satisfaction
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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