TO CIRCUMCISE OR NOT? THAT IS THE QUES­TION

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - LOVE -

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 cul­tures in South Africa, but it’s rare in most of Latin Amer­ica, Asia and Eu­rope.

Here in South Africa, the push for cir­cum­ci­sion is of­ten em­bed­ded in two pri­mary things: cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance and/or low­er­ing the risk for HIV in­fec­tion. While the cut may come with health ben­e­fits like a de­creased risk for STIs, this does not mean you should not wrap it up. Us­ing pro­tec­tion when hav­ing sex is es­sen­tial, whether one is cir­cum­cised or not. The De­part­ment of Health has pushed for more men to get med­i­cally cir­cum­cised and have put a great deal of work into com­bat­ing the il­le­gal pop-up cir­cum­ci­sion schools.

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 Alex Shteyn­sh­lyuger. (It’s of­ten a same-day 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 hy­per-re­spon­sive 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 G-spot stim­u­la­tion.

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