≈ Male Circumcision

Male circumcision is “the cutting off of the foreskin” of a penis for religious, cultural, medical, hygienic or other reasons.1

Some people have a penis preference, with or without a foreskin, and some have only seen one type of penis, cut or uncut. Some people notice a difference in sensation between the two, and others don’t notice any difference.

The sourced articles below should provide more information on penises that have been circumcised and those that have been left intact.

  1. Reasons Men Have Pain During Sexual Intercourse

    “An overly tight foreskin (phimosis), or damage to the foreskin because of tearing, friction or inflammation, can all lead to pain. Consult your physician about measures that can be taken to reduce foreskin problems.”

    Jerry Kennard, verywellhealth.com, 10/1/2018

  2. Uncircumcised Penises Are Totally Normal, And It’s Not OK To Shame A Partner Who’s Uncut

    “When it comes to getting intimate, you don’t usually need to do anything differently with an uncircumcised penis than a circumcised one. Typically, the foreskin naturally rolls back and exposes the head of the penis when the guy is erect. Your partner may also help this process along using his [or her] hands, but it’s not something you should feel the need to do on your own unless he asks.
    The only thing that’s slightly different with an uncircumcised penis is putting on a condom. When you put a condom on an uncircumcised penis, you want to make sure that the foreskin is pulled back. It’s usually easiest to let him do this, but it’s good for you to have a heads up about it. You may also want to use lube in the condom and during handjobs to help his foreskin glide around more smoothly.”

    Vanessa Marin, allure.com, 9/14/2018

  3. 10 Questions Every Man Is Afraid To Ask His Doctor

    “Should I or shouldn’t I be circumcised?
    The use of circumcision for medical or health reasons continues to be debated. This is a very personal decision that no doctor can make on behalf of his patient.
    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the overall health benefits outweigh the risks. However, AAP does not recommend routine circumcision for newborn males. The procedure might be recommended in older boys and men to treat phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) or to treat an infection of the penis.”

    Urinary and Kidney Team, health.clevelandclinic.org, 9/4/2018

  4. Information For Providers Counseling Male Patients And Parents Regarding Male Circumcision And The Prevention Of HIV infection, STIs, And Other Health Outcomes

    “Health benefits of elective male circumcision in adults and adolescents:
    Male circumcision reduces the risk of acquiring HIV infection through penile-vaginal sex by 50%–60%, as demonstrated in 3 well-conducted clinical trials among adult men livingin sub-Saharan Africa. …
    On average, adult men who undergo circumcision generally report minimal or no change in sexual satisfaction or function. Those who enjoy the sensation of the foreskin during sexual relations will no longer experience that sensation.”

    Division of HIV/AIDS PreventionNational Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB PreventionCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov, 8/22/2018

  5. A Guide To Playing With An Uncircumcised Penis

    “Circumcision rates in the U.S. are declining, but according to the World Health Organization, about 75 percent of men are foreskin free. By extension, that means that there are quite a number of people who may not have a lot of experience with the great uncut. If you’ve never been with an uncircumcised peen, there is often some hesitation. Will his penis look a lot different? Will his body feel or respond differently when you play? Is he more sensitive to touch?
    If he is a cool person and sexy to you, I assure you his cock will rock, with or without foreskin. So don’t get hung up (so to speak!) on these differences. To be honest, if he does have foreskin, you may have even more incentive to explore with him. Here are three reasons why …
    [1.] Anatomically More Responsive …
    [2.] Hands-On Fun …
    [3.] Playful Penetration …”

    Ducky Doolittle, kinkly.com, 8/16/2018

  6. Male Circumcision

    “Male circumcision continues to be a controversial issue: many believe there are more benefits to removing the foreskin, while others feel it is better to leave it intact. In the end, both circumcised and uncircumcised males can lead satisfying sex lives. However, when the presence of a foreskin leads to a serious medical condition, circumcision should be considered as a viable option.”

    UCSB SexInfo, soc.ucsb.edu, 5/14/2018

  7. A Gentleman’s Guide To Getting Circumcised

    “Nowadays, it’s well-known that the foreskin — also described as a prepuce — is made up of erogenous tissue. ‘In particular, an area called the ‘ridged band,’ the wrinkly skin at the end of the foreskin, is loaded with nerve endings that are stimulated by motion during intercourse or masturbation,’ writes Roger Collier in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
    According to Foregen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching methods of regenerative therapy for circumcised men, the foreskin isn’t vestigial, likening a penis without a foreskin to an eye without a eyelid. ‘It is an integral, functioning, important component of a man’s penis,’ they claim. Amongst other things, the foreskin provides protection, lubrication and increased sexual sensitivity, reports Foregen.”

    Andrew Fiouzi, melmagazine.com, 5/1/2018

  8. 37 Women Settle The Debate Between Circumcised Vs Uncircumcised Sex

    “[1.] Circumcised feels awkward because there’s no natural lube …
    [2.] Circumcised cocks turn me on more …
    [3.] Uncut men are better for giving blowjobs …
    [4.] I like playing with the foreskin …
    [5.] Circumsized penises look weird …
    [6.] Uncut is healthier and therefore sexier …
    [7.] Foreskin is not bad, it’s just different …
    [8.] Uncut looks cuter …
    [9.] It doesn’t matter as long as he’s clean down there …
    [10.] Uncut feels better during sex …
    [11.] Aesthetically speaking, they’re both fine …
    [12.] Handjobs are a little more difficult with circumcised men …
    [13.] Foreplay is different but sex is exactly the same …
    [14.] Thankfully, circumcised men never get smegma buildup …
    [15.] Uncircumcised is easier to handle but both look fine …
    [16.] Circumcised penises are my favorite …
    [17.] I just want someone confident with his penis …
    [18.] There are advantages and disadvantages to both …
    [19.] The method matters more than the equipment …
    [20.] I honestly can’t tell the difference during sex …
    [21.] Blowjobs are quicker when he’s uncut …
    [22.] Uncircumcised penises create less friction …
    [23.] It’s easier to jerk off someone uncircumcised but sex doesn’t feel any better …
    [24.] Uncut is my personal favorite …
    [25.] I actually prefer circumcised …
    [26.] As long as it’s not a micropenis, I couldn’t care less …
    [27.] It’s easier to ‘operate’ uncircumcised penises …
    [28.] I don’t have any real preference …
    [29.] Uncut is much more fun to play with during sex …
    [30.] Foreskin makes hand jobs easier …
    [31.] A circumcised penis is too dry …
    [32.] I like the look of a natural penis …
    [33.] Foreskin makes the penis much more sensitive …
    [34.] Foreskin is such a turn on …
    [35.] It’s not better for me, but it’s better for him …
    [36.] I love when foreskin rolls against my G-spot …
    [37.] Every penis is perfect …”

    Juliet Lanka, thoughtcatalog.com, 4/5/2018

  9. Circumcision Rates Too Low

    “Circumcision rates have been dropping since the 1980s amid controversy about whether the procedure is necessary or desirable. More states, meanwhile, have stopped paying for the procedure through Medicaid, including 10 in this decade alone. If all states covered circumcision, the percentage of male babies who get the procedure would rise from 56 percent to 62 percent, Leibowitz estimated.
    Critics say circumcision is brutal and robs males of sexual sensation, but many in the medical community point to research that suggests circumcision reduces the risk of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS and the virus that can cause cervical cancer.”

    Randy Dotinga, abcnews.go.com, 12/24/2017

  10. 11 Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Penises But Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

    “Imagine the difference between a neck covered by a turtleneck versus a bare neck, and you have a pretty good picture of what the difference is between the two. When it comes to hooking up, guys who have their foreskin intact are slicker and more naturally lubricated than guys who are circumcised. And while some people fear circumcision reduces sensitivity, one recent — but small — study found that’s not true.”

    Hannah Orenstein, seventeen.com, 10/16/2017

  11. Does Circumcision Affect Men’s Odds of Having Premature Ejaculation?

    “Some had argued previously that circumcision should reduce the odds of premature ejaculation because removal of the foreskin necessarily reduces sensitivity of the penis.
    Contrary to this argument, however, this review paper found that there were no statistically significant differences in premature ejaculation between circumcised and uncircumcised men. In other words, circumcision appears to make no difference in terms of whether a man ejaculates prematurely. Likewise, there were no differences in reports of difficulty reaching orgasm depending on circumcision status.”

    Dr. Justin Lehmiller, lehmiller.com, 8/4/2017

  12. 5 Things To Know About Uncircumcised Penises

    “On average, 81% of men between the ages of 14 and 59 in the U.S. have been circumcised, according to the Mayo Clinic, which could account for much of the stigma surrounding uncircumcised penises. But porn is likely part of the equation, too: Sex educator Kenneth Play, proud owner of an “average-sized” uncircumcised penis, says that the prominence of (large) circumcised dick in porn adds to the shame surrounding being uncircumcised.
    Fortunately, there’s a lot to love about uncut penises. Ahead, what you need to know about uncircumcised penises — and how they can make sex hotter. …
    [1.] They are more sensitive. …
    [2.] They do require more cleaning. …
    [3.] You’ll have to practice safer sex techniques. …
    [4.] People with uncircumcised penises can be bullied. …
    [5.] Taboos are hot. …
    [6.] And remember: It’s just a dick. …”

    Sophie Saint Thomas, refinery29.com, 3/14/2017

  13. 4 Sex Benefits For Circumcised Men: Snipping The Tip Increases Sexual Pleasure; Decreases Injuries In Bed

    “Men who get circumcised may boost their partner’s satisfaction and sexual health. A 2011 study found adult males who get circumcised tend to have lower rates of HPV infection, and so did their female partners. Therefore, since fewer men were infected, fewer transmitted HPV to their partners. About 40 percent of the women reported being more sexually satisfied after their partner’s circumcision; the reason — better hygiene.”

    Lizette Borreli, medicaldaily.com, 3/13/2017

  14. Circumcised Vs. Uncircumcised Penises: Health And Sexual Differences

    “The head of the penis is the most sensitive part of the penis, and therefore circumcised men may experience less penis sensitivity. However, this idea is debatable, as new research has suggested that there really is no clear difference in penile sensitivity between circumcised and uncircumcised men.
    In addition, according to Shape, women with uncircumcised spouses report more sexual pleasure and less pain than women with circumcised husbands. This may be because the retracted skin of an uncircumcised penis bunches up and puts extra pressure on the clitoris, increasing arousal. Also, men with a foreskin require more lubrication for sex and masturbation, so naturally their penises may be smoother and therefore less painful during intercouse, Shape reported.
    While circumcision may affect the sensation of sex for both men and women, it has no affect on male fertility.”

    Dana Dovey, medicaldaily.com, 11/4/2016

  15. 9 Things Uncircumcised Guys Want You To Know

    “Ahead, five guys tell Cosmopolitan.com what they wish their partners knew about their au naturel appendages. …
    [1.] If you like how someone’s uncircumcised penis looks and feels, say so. …
    [2.] He might be worried about what his friends think. …
    [3.] Uncircumcised penises are just as clean as circumcised penises if they’re, well, cleaned. …
    [4.] Don’t stress about STIs if you’re taking the same safe-sex precautions as you should anyway. …
    [5.] Uncircumcised penises may be more sensitive in general. …
    [6.] That said, the foreskin can also prevent stimulation in specific circumstances. …
    [7.] You can have fun with an uncircumcised penis in different ways than a circumcised one. …
    [8.] It’s possible he has considered adult circumcision, but either way, it’s his choice.
    [9.] Beware of phimosis. Phimosis is the inability to retract the foreskin covering the penis. …”

    Hayley MacMillen, cosmopolitan.com, 10/5/2016

  16. Circumcised Vs. Uncircumcised Guys—How Sex Measures Up

    “Circumcision removes up to half of the skin on a penis, skin that likely contained ‘fine-touch neuroreceptors,’ which are highly responsive to light touch, according to researchers from Korea. In fact, a Michigan State University study found that the most sensitive part of a circumcised guy’s penis is his circumcision scar. A possible explanation: After circumcision, ‘the penis has to protect itself—like growing a callus on your foot, but to a lesser extent,’ says Darius Paduch, M.D., Ph.D., a urologist and male sexual medicine specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. This means nerve endings are further from the surface—and therefore, may be less responsive. Point—uncircumcised guys. And regardless of what you’ve heard, circumcision doesn’t affect male sexual drive or functioning, says Dr. Boyle. In fact, a recent Danish study found that guys’ odds of premature ejaculation or erectile trouble weren’t affected by their circumcision status.”

    Cassie Shortsleeve, shape.com, 8/5/2016

  17. Newborn Male Circumcision with Parental Consent, As Stated In The AAP Circumcision Policy Statement, Is Both Legal And Ethical.

    “The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believe that health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks. For this reason, the AAP believes that parents should be allowed to make the decision concerning circumcision of their male infants after receiving non-biased information on health risks and health benefits.”

    Brady, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 6/2016

  18. How Circumcision Affects The Sensitivity Of Your Penis

    “The most extreme of anti-circumcision activists often like to compare the routine surgery to the obviously horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). But that circumcision actively harms the physical aspects of male sexual function is not backed by science, [doctoral student Jennifer] Bossio said. ‘With FGM, oftentimes the clitoris is removed, which would be the equivalent of removing the entire penis.’ She said the surgery could be more accurately understood as a cosmetic modification like labiaplasty. ‘All of these self-reports from men who say, ‘Circumcision ruined my penis’ are not necessarily supported by what we are finding,’ Bossio said. ‘It was my hope that this study would calm people’s fears [about circumcision]. We really found no evidence that a circumcised penis differs from an uncircumcised penis.'”

    Gabby Bess, vice.com, 4/15/2016

  19. Neonatal Circumcision Does Not Reduce Penile Sensitivity In Men, Study Finds

    “Few data are available concerning the consequences of neonatal circumcision on penile sensitivity in adults. New research indicates that there are no differences in penile sensitivity for a variety of stimulus types and penile sites between circumcised and intact men. Additionally, this study challenges past research suggesting that the foreskin is the most sensitive and, in turn, most sexually relevant, part of the adult penis.”

    Elsevier Health Sciences, sciencedaily.com, 4/14/2016

  20. Estimation Of Country-Specific And Global Prevalence Of Male Circumcision

    “Conclusions: The present study provides the most accurate estimate to date of MC [male circumcision] prevalence in each country and territory in the world. We estimate that 37–39 % of men globally are circumcised. Considering the health benefits of MC, these data may help guide efforts aimed at the use of voluntary, safe medical MC in disease prevention programs in various countries.”

    Brian J Morris, Richard G Wamai, Esther B Henebeng, Aaron AR Tobian, Jeffrey D Klausner, Joya Banerjee, and Catherine A Hankins, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 3/1/2016

  21. Are Uncircumcised Penises Really Less Hygienic Than Circumcised Penises? Here’s The Truth

    “But is it really true that circumcised penises are more hygienic? According to some medical experts, the answer is no.
    Circumcision does make it ‘easier to keep the area clean,’ Dr. Carey Chronis, pediatrician and author of Dr. Carey’s Baby Care: First Year Baby Care Guide, told Mic via email. But that doesn’t mean an uncircumcised penis can’t be as clean as a circumcised one — only that men need to wash beneath the foreskin, which is not a difficult task for most people.
    According to a Mayo Clinic guide, all it takes for good hygiene is pulling back the foreskin, cleaning underneath with mild soap and water, rinsing and drying, then pulling the foreskin back into place. It’s an easy routine parents are encouraged to teach their young boys.”

    Jordyn Taylor, mic.com, 2/25/2016

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Footnote

1. merriam-webster.com, accessed on 11/15/2018