Circumcision is a common surgical procedure in the United States and some parts of Africa and the Middle East, although it is a bit less common in Europe and other parts of the world.
However, it seems that the rate of circumcision is falling in the States, with 5-6 of every 10 boys being left with collarless mushrooms these days, as opposed to the 8 of every 10 boys born in the 70s and 80s.
This is probably due to the fact that it’s a somewhat controversial procedure, that’s why we’re here to get the facts straight and discuss the pros and cons.
What Is Circumcision?
Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin (a simple fold of skin) that covers the glans (head) of the penis. It’s usually performed on a newborn, often within their first two days of life. The procedure is typically done for religious or personal reasons. In the Jewish faith, circumcision is performed when a baby is eight days old, in a special ceremony.
The procedure is quick and involves placing a baby on his back, with arms and legs strapped down, scrubbing the genitals with antiseptic, slitting the foreskin lengthwise so that the circumcision instrument can be inserted, and finally, cutting the foreskin off.
While it may seem a bit brutal, circumcision usually causes very little bleeding.
No stitches are needed either. The procedure is also done on older boys and may require placing a protective bandage on the wound (that should heal in a week or so).
Why Are Men Left Hoodless?
If you’re one of the many men with a clean head and wondering what was going on in your parent’s head when they decided on the cut, here are the most common reasons:
1. Medical reasons.
Only a small number of boys are circumcised because they really need to, and we’re talking about males born with phimosis, paraphimosis, or recurrent balanitis.
Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin is too tight and cannot be pulled back over the head of the penis.
Paraphimosis is similar to phimosis because it too involves a tight foreskin that if forced over the glans, there’s a risk of it getting stuck there.
Recurrent balanitis is an inflammation of the penis that occurs as a complication of an infection, either bacterial or fungal.
2. Religious/Cultural reasons.
A common practice in the Jewish and Islamic communities, circumcision is also widely practiced in many African countries, and is mostly done on children.
3. HIV prevention.
It seems that circumcision reduces the risk of getting HIV.
This procedure is actually included in HIV prevention programs in a few African nations known to have high rates of HIV.
4. Personal reasons/Aesthetic preference.
Most of the time, dads insist on getting this procedure done on their sons because they’re circumcised as well.
And, of course, let’s not forget that a snipped penis is prettier. They don’t call it a dick manicure for nothing. Yes, we are that vain.
What Are the Benefits of a Circumcision?
- Decreases the risk of getting UTIs in infancy;
- Makes it easier to get Mr. Dickie cleaned up;
- Lowers the risk of penile cancer;
- Fewer risks of STDs (and this includes female-to-man transmission of HIV);
- Prevents phimosis, paraphimosis, and balanitis;
- Makes you last longer (a “whopping” 20 seconds, as one study showed);
- Putting on a condom is easier, and it also stays put (fingers crossed) during intercourse.
What Are the Disadvantages of Getting Snipped?
- Pain during or after the procedure;
- Risk of bleeding and infection after getting the procedure;
- Irritation of the head of the penis;
- Increased risk of inflammation of the opening of the penis, known as meatitis;
- A very rare risk of cutting the foreskin too short or too long;
- Some see it as body disfigurement.
Circumcision and Sexy Time
This is something all men, regardless of being cut or uncut wonder – “How does circumcision affect sex life?” The studies are somewhat contradictory, and here’s why.
Researchers conducting a study on sexual function and satisfaction surveyed 2,784 uncircumcised sexually active men in Kenya.
About half of those men got circumcised and re-surveyed every six months for two years.
According to the results of the survey, there were no significant differences in sexual function, satisfaction or pleasure in men that have been cut.
Another study conducted in Uganda on 4,456 uncut sexually active men, of which 2,210 got cut, showed the same findings. Before and after surveys revealed that two years after the procedure, the half that got circumcised saw no changes in their sex lives and felt “satisfied or very satisfied.”
However, those that see the disadvantages attached to circumcision seem to make a good point too.
For example, one study in Belgium found that there is a small, yet significant difference in how circumcised and uncircumcised men achieve sexual pleasure.
Removal of the foreskin means removing thousands of nerve endings that help men achieve more pleasure during intercourse and stronger orgasms.
Furthermore, cutting the foreskin can leave the head of the penis exposed, and may lose sensitivity and responsiveness of nerve endings over time due to rubbing on clothes and other factors.
Now here’s another interesting fact. Women who’ve shared their experience with circumcised and uncircumcised men have helped sex experts uncover a clear pattern.
Men who’ve had it snipped do it jackhammer style in a need to acquire more stimulation and sensation on the glans.
Men with hoodies, on the other hand, tend to use a slower rhythm paired with an undulating motion.
Since women usually hate a jackhammer (you can note this down), it’s obvious to see the benefit it brings to the ladies. Nonetheless, men can benefit from an intact foreskin as well. That’s because the skin acts as a sheath, gliding over the penis with every move, thus creating more pleasure for men as well.
Getting cut or not is an elective procedure.
Whether you’re looking to have it done on you, or, it’s time to make a decision for your son, you need to consider both the advantages and disadvantages.
Also, consider the fact that your son will grow into a man and will want to bang with a big boom.
Some may argue that one way to go about this is to wait until boys can decide for themselves.
However, it’s clear that medical findings don’t make anyone’s choice easier.
In the end, the decision remains a personal one.
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