TO CIRCUMCISE OR NOT? THAT IS THE QUESTION
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.