When it comes to circumcision, men have little choice with foreskin. According to data collected from Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, about 60 percent men in the US get circumcised at birth. That one decision from the parents about that tiny bit of foreskin can have wide ranging implications in the long run, for better or worse. Here is how.
You last longer in bed
Researchers from Turkey suggest that circumcision can help you delay your orgasm. Some men who got circumcised as adults timed themselves reaching climax before and after the process. As it turns out, it gave them 20 seconds more on an average.
As this is a very minor difference, it should not be treated as reason enough to go under the knife or as a cure to the problem of premature ejaculation. There are many scientifically proven techniques on getting your partner to reach an orgasm and they work out just fine.
Another theory behind the delay in orgasm is that circumcision makes the penis less sensitive, but research still has no surety of it being the actual reason.
Some women like the uncut
Now this is not a generalization to all womankind, but here is a personal extract from the book of a sex professor: “I could feel his foreskin move along with my vaginal walls during sex. It was a new experience to me and a wonderful one. Feeling his foreskin also seemed to make it easier to reach orgasm during intercourse.”
Studies suggest that women who are married to circumcised men have reported to experience more sexual problems, including that of the trouble in reaching an orgasm. Again, this is not about all women, and to each her own. This is about individual preferences. For some ladies, the foreskin just seems to heighten the pleasure.
You are less likely to be diagnosed with cancer
You would want your mom and dad for this: Research suggests that circumcised men are less prone to penile diseases and prostate cancer. Foreskin can become a harbour to sexually transmitted diseases like HPV and also inflammation, and both of these can play a part in cancer growth.
Again, this does not mean that every man must go under the knife. To prevent STDs, you can wear a condom and keep the hygiene down there well maintained, by showering right after sex, and retracting your foreskin during clean up.
You are less likely to catch STDs
According to researchers, getting circumcised keeps you safe from the risk of getting HIV and some other STDs. While they are still figuring out the reason behind this, one theory that has come up is that the foreskin is more susceptible to the infection caused during HIV as compared to the skin present at your shaft. Another possible theory is that the foreskin is prone to get torn during intercourse which will serve as a pathway for HIV virus to enter your body. It could also be the environment provided for the viruses and bacteria by the folds of your foreskin.
In any case, circumcision does not act as a substitute to protection or condoms. If you are sexually active, your best shot at staying safe from STDs is by using protection.
The trouble with condoms
It can get tricky to use condoms when you are uncut. The application of a condom can be made clumsy due to the foreskin as slides and slips inside, which can even push the condom off eventually. You could try using a condom with some more room, like a Trojan Magnum perhaps. You want to pull your foreskin back before you put on the condom and then while holding on to the base of the condom, push your foreskin back to its original orientation. This allows free movement during sex and helps the condom stay intact. If you still notice slippage, pause and readjust the foreskin.
Here are some myths about circumcision-
1)”Getting circumcised as an adult is more painful than when you are infant”
Anesthesia is used to make the procedure pain free and safe and this is done regardless of whether you are an adult or infant. As an adult, your doctor will surely provide you with a more powerful anesthetic to relieve your pain.
2) ”The period of recovery is lengthy and troublesome”
The process does not take as long as you would think. You would need to take a leave off from work for three to four days at max. It would be wise to get the procedure done right before weekend so that you need minimal official leave. On an overall basis, the process of healing may take up to three to four weeks.
3) “It requires general anesthesia”
A local anesthetic is enough to relieve the pain of adult circumcision and you wouldn’t have to go for general anesthesia, which means lower risk for the patient and also minimal cost incurred.
4) “Adult circumcision is expensive”
Since the procedure does not require general anesthesia, the cost of it is not as much as you would think. It varies based on where you get it done.
5) “A faulty infant circumcision can not be repaired as an adult”
This is not at all true. Many procedures are practised specifically to fix uneven scars, poor healing and leftover foreskin that could not be removed during the first surgery.
6) ”Circumcision leads to decrease in sexual enjoyment”
Although it is said that circumcision makes you less sensitive and hence leads to decreased sexual pleasure, studies suggest that is quite the contrary. Circumcised men have reportedly experienced a positive response from their partners in terms of sex drive, ejaculatory functioning and even sensitivity. They also marked a welcome response from their partners about the appearance of their circumcised member.
At the end of the day, it is entirely your choice whether or not you want to go under the knife. All you are expected to do is research well and make your decision.