Foreskins are there to protect the head of the penis. In America most guys are circumcized and the reason given is usually for health benefits and hygeine. However, many of us (myself included) are uncut and have no problems. The foreskin actually keeps the head lubricated and protected from rubbing against clothing, etc. Because we are "intact" those of us who are cut have quite the sensitive head and expeience sex and masturbation in just a bit of a different way....with more sensitivity. The trade off though is that we've got to really focus on keeping the area under the foreskin clean and wash there daily to prevent the buildup of smegma, a naturally occuring lubricant that does have an odor. ALso, because its warm there, it is a breeding ground for bacteria and such. Some docs continue to talk about the need for circumcision and that its bad to be uncut. I personally disagree but you'll find folks on both ends of the spectrum!
I wish to correct the above poster Lance. In North America it used to be that most guys got circumsized...it is not like that any more. As a matter of fact, it is about a 50% split with parents who do it or not to boy children. Circumcision comes from old religious beliefs, mostly Jewish, just as eating pork is a sin in the Jewish religion.
There are far fewer people having children circumcized every year, and in a generation or so, no one will be getting it done. It is simply not necessary!
For a doctor to say it is harmfull???? I would not visit this doctor EVER again! He is a quack!
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Babernethy:
<B>I wish to correct the above poster Lance. In North America it used to be that most guys got circumsized...it is not like that any more. As a matter of fact, it is about a 50% split with parents who do it or not to boy children. </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
For the US overall, circumcision rates are currently about 60%, which is way down from over 80% in the 1970's. And every year it drops. An important thing to note though is within the U.S., circumcision rates vary a lot. On the west coast of the U.S. (especially California), circumcision rates are the lowest at about 40%. They are much higher on the east coast at about 70-75%. So much of it depends on where you live.
For the world overall though, the vast majority is uncut. I think it works out to only about 10-20% of the world's population is circumcised.
The good news is circumcision rates are dropping, as I personally believe circumcision is completely unecessary and does more harm than good.
Agreed, non-religious circumcision is nothing more than mutilation. It was trendy in the Victorian era as a way of preventing boys from masturbating, which as all good Victorians knew, caused insanity.
To make the pill go down smoother, doctors of that era didn't refer to masturbation or insanity when recommending circumcision, they just said it was healthier and cleaner.
They've since been fighting a rear-guard action to keep the tradition alive, but it is thankfully falling into disfavor. Three cheers for every mother who stands up to her physician and says no to circumcision.
The worst of it is that the mucus membrane on the head of the penis is not skin, and circumcision exposes it to the air, friction from clothing, and it keratinizes in order to protect itself from damage, losing sensation.
The problem is that uncut males need to be properly informed about certain things as they are growing up-most importantly that the foreskin is supposed to retract automatically and fully upon erection. I've talked to a number of guys who didn't realize that phimosis exists. And were too embarassed to talk to their doctors or their parents about the fact that they couldn't retract their foreskins fully.
Sex education needs to include information about life with a foreskin.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by joe53185:
<B>Can ou be over circumcized, and how do you know if you are?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Absolutely. It's basically when too much foreskin was removed during the circumcision. Symptoms include very tight shaft skin when erect, to the point that erections are painful, stress marks in the penis skin, cracks, or tearing of the skin. It's pretty rare, but it does happen, as doctors are not perfect all the time. The condition can be resolved by using skin stretching methods used in non-surgical foreskin restoration, which will grow new skin, albeit very slowly.