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Adult Circumcision - Pros and Cons

I've just turned 30. When my brother was 4 years old he was circumcised due to difficulty retracting his foreskin. Even though I had similar difficulties I never reported this to my parents as I saw how much pain he had been in.

My sex life in my 20s was very disastisfying, probably due to a of lack of sensitivity, as, at this stage, I can't get my foreskin to come back at all (also making it impossible to clean my penis which makes it itch sometimes.) I have never had an orgasm from penetrative sex or oral sex.

I went to a urologist and after examining me he recommended circumcision, although he said it wasn't essential as I had no health problems resulting from it. He said that before he did the operation he wanted to talk with me at length about the pros and cons so I understood all aspects of it. He said he couldn't guarente that my problems with reaching orgasm would automatically be fixed by the operation. Unfortunately due to anxiety I wasn't able to have this conversation with him on the day of my examination. To go back to him would cost me £150 which I don't want to spend on what basically would amount to a chat. I think the main cons I've read about seem to be that I would loose sensitivity as my exposed penis would be constantly rubbing off my trousers and I'd lose nerve endings - but as I've never been able to experience much in terms of sensitivity anyway I think the only way is probably up.

​Any and all experiences, pros and cons and opinions on this topic are welcome.

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I was circumcised a little over 3 weeks ago and the head is still very sensitive but Im almost fully back to full motion again as the first week moving around with underwear on was very uncomfortable (but not painful)

I don't know how sex or masturbation is after because you're supposed to wait atleast 6 weeks before masturbating or having sex.

Other than it being extremely sensitive in the beginning which made it hard to move around the first week or the not being able to masturbate I haven't noticed anything long term and my phimosis was so bad that just about no of my glands were exposed so I think that sex will be better but I don't know yet.

(I think you should know that studies show that if you don't clean your penis enough you're more likely to get cancer but if your Dr said you didn't need the op for medical I would trust him)

Good luck and I wish the best for you!

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The fact that you cannot retract your foreskin and cannot clean it can cause problems in the future even though not it does not have any immediate dangers.

As for the sensitivity, circumcised men do have a lower sensitivity (due to keratinization as the penis head adjust to the lack of foreskin covering it) than uncircumcised men that do not have issues with their foreskin, phimosis. However as you said yourself your sensitivity is low anyway as the head never leaves the protective cover of the foreskin son on that end you would have nothing to lose, just be ready for your penis glans to be super sensitive after circumcision as it will be exposed to surfaces that it has never been exposed to before without the cover of the foreskin. It will take some weeks for it to settle and maybe a few months before its fully adjusted.

If I were you I would not wait with the circumcision for something to go wrong and then you needing it, as with your own words your sexual life with the foreskin isn't stellar.

Having it done sooner than later will enable you to enjoy sex sooner, plus you will be able to clean yourself properly and have lesser chances of getting an infection etc, causing said problems that could call for a circumcision later in life.

The decision is ultimately up to you. There is clearly difference in opinion between circumcised men and uncircumcised men between which is better, which is ultimately a subjective opinion as everyone might feel differently. However, there is no question, in my mind, which one is better when you need a circumcision. Being circumcised like millions of men and living perfectly fine with it, or having phimosis, always worrying about it not being healthy, good looking and potentially dangerous.

No one can make the decision for you, but I am glad I did mine and regret not having done it sooner.

Good luck!

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Hi there, i am not circumcised but I permanently retract my foreskin so get the feeling a cut penis would get, for me i love the sensation of it rubbing in my pants because you know its there whereas before you cant feel much through the foreskin. The main drawback will be the sensetivity because the glans will constantly be exposed and will toughen up so it wont be as sensetive as before, my penis has lost some sensetivity but i like this because before i had hyper sensetivity than meant even toutching it was really painful, you still get the same orgasms and it is almost erotic to some people, if you do go for the circ please keep us informed on how it goes as I myself are considering a full circumcision to remove the foreskin which can sometimes be hard to retract and painful like yours, thanks colin

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You know that is exactly what I did for almost a full year before my circumcision.

After the circumcision I wondered why I waited so long to have the operation.

Without a doubt it was one of my better decisions. Forget all the nonsense about sensitivity. Another bonus is that most women if they are totally honest prefer the look and feel of a man who has been circumcised.

Just go for it !

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Hi there, i am not circumcised but I permanently retract my foreskin so get the feeling a cut penis would get, for me i love the sensation of it rubbing in my pants because you know its there whereas before you cant feel much through the foreskin. The main drawback will be the sensetivity because the glans will constantly be exposed and will toughen up so it wont be as sensetive as before, my penis has lost some sensetivity but i like this because before i had hyper sensetivity than meant even toutching it was really painful, you still get the same orgasms and it is almost erotic to some people, if you do go for the circ please keep us informed on how it goes as I myself are considering a full circumcision to remove the foreskin which can sometimes be hard to retract and painful like yours, thanks colin

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Pulling your foreskin back is not the same feeling as being circumcised you may think it is but it feels completely different to just pulling your foreskin back.

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Your foreskin never went back?

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Pros are it’s cleaner and prevents sti’s/stds/hiv and other penis related issues.

Cons are less sensitive during sexual intercourse, the first weeks recovery is horrific, sensitive to begin with.

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Hi Funkyeyepatch:

I am going to post some information on the downside of adult male circumcision. However, that does not necessarily mean you should not have a circumcision. I would like to suggest that you consider manual stretching to make your foreskin retractable instead of circumcision.

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You may flush out your non-retractable foreskin with a rubber-bulb type ear syringe.

The foreskin is a complex double-layered structure composed of smooth muscle fiber, skin, mucosa, nerves, arteries, and veins. It is natural, normal, healthy, and its possession contributes to a sense of well-being. The foreskin contains the highly-innervated ridged band.

cirp.org/library/anatomy/ta...

doctorsopposingcircumcision...

The foreskin has protective, sensory, sexual, and immunological functions. It is loaded with nerves and is the site of most of the penile sensation.

doctorsopposingcircumcision...

The foreskin is a “specific erogenous zone.” The foreskin is essential for normal intercourse. Foreskin provides the additional skin needed to allow for penile expansion during erection. Amputation of the foreskin, which is an integral and important part of the penis has very significant adverse sexual and emotional effects.

Nature put the foreskin there to provide at least fourteen functions:

1. to cover and bond with the synechia so as to permit the development of the mucosal surface of the glans and inner foreskin.

2. to protect the infant's glans from feces and ammonia in diapers.

3. To protect against disease causing pathogens.

4. to protect the glans penis from friction, abrasion, and pain throughout life.

5. to keep the glans moisturized and soft with emollient oils.

6. to lubricate the glans.

7. to coat the glans with a waxy protective substance.

8. to provide sufficient skin to cover an erection by unfolding.

9. to provide an aid to masturbation and foreplay.

10. to serve as an aid to penetration.

11. to reduce friction and chafing during intercourse.

12. to serve as erogenous tissue because of its rich supply of erogenous receptors.

13. to contact and stimulate the G-spot of the female partner.

14. to produce pheromones to excite the female sexual partner.

circumstitions.com/Function...

Adult circumcision is an irreversible, elective surgical operation to injure the penis and reduce its size and sensation by cutting off the nerve-laden sexually sensitive, erogenous foreskin. Once it is removed you cannot get it back. Adult circumcision is usually performed with a general anesthetic, however local anesthetic may be used. Like all surgical operations, it has risks of hemorrhage, infection, and surgical mishap. Loss of the penis has been known to occur. Death has been known to occur.

You should be very certain that you want a circumcision because once it is done, you cannot reverse it.

The cost is about $2,500-$3,000 in the United States. Circumcision may be carried out under local or general anaesthesia. You will need pain medication during the painful recovery.

It is normal to keep the foreskin forward over the head for protection. After the foreskin is amputated by circumcision, the head will be fully exposed and may be very painful.

Circumcision is an injurious, damaging, destructive, and harmful surgical operation that cuts through nerves and blood vessels that feed blood to the penis. The operation is irreversible. You will have the rest of your life to mourn your loss of your erogenous foreskin.

Swelling is normal after surgery.

The foreskin is filled with nerves that make it the most sensitive part of the human body, therefore, cutting into it is very painful.

It takes about six weeks to recover from an adult circumcision.

One should avoid getting erections because erections tend to tear out stitches.. Oral ketoconazole may help to prevent postoperative erections.

It is normal for the head of the penis to hurt after a circumcision because the protection provided by the foreskin is gone forever.

aafp.org/afp/1999/0315/p151...

There are different kinds of stitches. Some dissolve but others must be removed by the doctor.

One of many purposes of the foreskin is to provide the additional skin that is needed when the penis becomes erect. When the foreskin is removed, erections may be painful because of the lack of skin. Also, erections may tear the stitches out. If that happens, then you will need to see your surgeon to get it repaired.

You will now need lubrication for masturbation.

One will never fully regain the lost protection, sexual function, sensation, and sexual pleasure. After your circumcision, you will need lubrication for masturbation.

norm.org/lost.html

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