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Let's Talk The Talk: Circumcised VS Uncircumcised Guys, How S£x Measures Up

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Feb. 13, 2020

The main difference between a circumcised (cut) and uncircumcised (uncut) p*nis is the presence of foreskin around the head
of the pen*s.
Although it really comes down to personal preference, the presence or lack thereof of foreskin does have some effect on your hygiene
and overall health.
Are uncircumcised men more sensitive? Is circumcised pen*ses cleaner? When it comes to circumcision, it can be hard to separate fact
from fiction. (Speaking of fiction is it possible to break a guy's pen*s?) Even among the pros, the circumcised vs. uncircumcised pen*s
debate is a hotly contested s£xual health issue. (To be clear, we're talking about male circumcision; female circumcision gets a hard no
from all respectable experts.)
In part that's because in this country and other developed countries, there isn't any clear benefit to circumcise or not to circumcise men,
says Karen Boyle, M.D., director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Chesapeake Urology Associates in Baltimore. The
procedure, which is often a religious ritual for some families, is fairly common for newborn boys in certain parts of the world including in
the U.S. While circumcision is a tool for AIDS prevention in other parts of the world, in the U.S., where HIV isn't at epidemic status, the
circumcised vs. uncircumcised debate often boils down to how it affects factors like s£xual pleasure and general hygiene.
This is what the experts have to say about circumcised vs. uncircumcised p*nises.
Circumcised vs. Uncircumcised: Male Sensitivity
Quick explainer: Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the tissue covering the head of the pen*s, according to the Mayo
Clinic. Circumcision removes up to half of the skin on a pen*s, skin that likely contained "fine-touch neuroreceptors," which are highly
responsive to light touch, according to research.
In fact, a Michigan State University study found that the most sensitive part of a circumcised man's p*nis is his circumcision scar. A
possible explanation: After circumcision, "the p*nis has to protect itself like growing a callus on your foot, but to a lesser extent," says
Darius Paduch, M.D., Ph.D., a urologist and male s£xual medicine specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. This
means nerve endings are further from the surface and therefore, maybe less responsive.
And regardless of what you've heard about circumcised vs. uncircumcised p*nises, circumcision doesn't affect male s£xual drive or
functioning, says Dr. Boyle. In fact, one Danish study found that guys' odds of premature ejaculation or erectile trouble weren't affected by
their circumcision status. (Add that to the list of five s£x rumours to stop believing.)
Circumcised vs. Uncircumcised: Female Pleasure During S£x
Okay, so uncircumcised guys may have a slight advantage in the sensitivity and pleasure department. But if you're wondering how s£x with
circumcised vs. uncircumcised guys compares from the female perspective, there's no clear-cut (no pun intended) answer to how
circumcision affects pleasure. One study from Denmark found that women with circumcised spouses were twice as likely to report
dissatisfaction in the sack than those with uncircumcised hubbies but other studies have shown the opposite.
It's true that when an uncircumcised guy's foreskin retracts, it may bunch up around the base of his pen*s, providing a little extra friction
against your clitoris, says Dr. Paduch. "This is going to play a role [in pleasure] for women who have the clitoral pattern of arousal," he
says. (But to be fair, a cut guy could more than makeup for the lack by using his fingers or a couple's vibrator or these s£x positions for
clitoral stimulation.)
Circumcised vs. Uncircumcised: Female Pain During S£x
So while the amount of pleasure may be up for discussion in the circumcised vs. uncircumcised debate, women with partners who have a
circumcised p*nis are also three times more likely to experience s£xual pain than ladies with uncircumcised spouses, the study from
Denmark found. "The uncircumcised p*nis is much glossier, a more velvety feel," says Dr. Paduch. "So for women who aren't lubricating
well, they have much less discomfort having s£x with a guy who is uncircumcised." He adds that guys who have their foreskin intact require
lubricant far less frequently during s£x and masturbation since the skin of their pen*s is naturally slicker.
Circumcised vs. Uncircumcised: Cleanliness
Just as it can be tough to keep all the folds of your vulva clean (though these six down-there grooming rules can help), it can be difficult to
keep an uncircumcised p*nis fresh 100 per cent of the time. "Although most men that are uncircumcised do a very good job cleaning below
the foreskin, it's more of a task for them," says Dr. Boyle. As a result, "some women may feel 'cleaner' with a man who's circumcised," says gynaecologist Alyssa Dweck, M.D. In fact, women who experience a boost in pleasure after their partners get circumcised often credit the
change to an increase in cleanliness. In other words, they enjoy s£x more because they're less hung up on hygiene, not because of any
actual anatomical difference, says Supriya Mehta, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the cleanliness
category of the circumcised vs. uncircumcised debate, it all boils down to how thorough of a scrub down uncircumcised men give
themselves in the shower.
Circumcised vs. Uncircumcised: Risk of Infection
Going along with the cleanliness factor, when a guy is uncircumcised, moisture can get trapped between his pen*s and his foreskin,
creating the ideal environment for bacteria to incubate. "Female s£x partners of uncircumcised men are at increased risk of bacterial
vag*nosis," says Mehta. Guys who aren't circumcised may also be more likely to pass along any infections they have, including yeast
infections, UTIs, and STDs (particularly HPV and HIV).
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