Sunday, 27 February 2011

Phimosis, redundant prepuce, and mental health

Just a short post.

An interesting new study by Yang et al. reveals news that shouldn't be terribly surprising: "Patients with redundant prepuce or phimosis have poor mental health, and there is an interaction between PE [premature ejaculation] and the mental state of the patient."

As I said, this shouldn't be terribly surprising. But it does make one wonder about the degree to which prophylactic circumcision might prevent this suffering, especially as phimosis is not uncommon. I'm not saying that widespread circumcision would be justified on this basis alone, but clearly it should be incorporated into cost-benefit models.