Why Fewer Guys Are Get­ting Cir­cum­cised

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Sex & Relationships -

About one in three men around the world are cir­cum­cised, which means their fore­skin – a roll of re­tractable tis­sue that con­tains nerve end­ings and pro­tects the head of the pe­nis – was sur­gi­cally re­moved af­ter they were born. The pro­ce­dure is con­sid­ered a rite of pas­sage within cer­tain re­li­gions like Ju­daism, but it’s un­com­mon in coun­tries like the UK and rare in most of Latin Amer­ica, Asia and Europe.

Even in the USA, where it was cus­tom­ary for a long time, male cir­cum­ci­sion rates have dropped. While the cut may come with some health ben­e­fits like a de­creased risk of STIs and UTIs, many ex­perts say those perks don’t sig­nif­i­cantly out­weigh the risks. The pro­ce­dure car­ries po­ten­tial side ef­fects like bleed­ing, in­fec­tion, ir­ri­ta­tion and the pos­si­bil­ity of lost sen­si­tiv­ity over time.

Per­haps the loud­est ar­gu­ment against cir­cum­ci­sion is that many be­lieve it’s med­i­cally un­nec­es­sary and a form of gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion with­out a per­son’s con­sent. In fact, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey, only 33 per cent of 18­ to 29­year­olds feel that male chil­dren should be cir­cum­cised.

Ul­ti­mately, the de­ci­sion to snip or not to snip is up to a baby boy’s par­ents, although go­ing un­der the knife later in life is an op­tion for an un­cut man, says urol­o­gist Dr Alex Shteyn­sh­lyuger. (It’s of­ten a same­day pro­ce­dure that’s mildly to moder­ately painful.)

Given all this, odds are high that you may en­counter both cut and un­cut part­ners. There’s re­ally no ma­jor dif­fer­ence when it comes to hook­ing up with ei­ther. If you’re with a fella with fore­skin, just be gen­tle when pulling the skin down to re­veal the head, which is typ­i­cally more sen­si­tive than one that’s al­ways out in the open. This works to your ad­van­tage dur­ing oral sex, when you can tickle his hy­per­re­spon­sive frenu­lum – the ridge be­tween his tip and the bot­tom side of his head – with your tongue. And don’t be sur­prised if pen­e­tra­tion feels amaz­ing. Some women claim the ‘rib­bing’ pro­vides ex­tra G­spot stim­u­la­tion.

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