Why Fewer Guys Are Getting Circumcised
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.