An uncircumcised penis is where the glans, or head, is covered and protected by a hood called the foreskin. The foreskin can normally be drawn back to uncover the glans during erection, but when the penis is flaccid, the glans is covered. Most men in the world have an uncircumcised penis.
Uncircumcised Penis – Its History and Practice
The likelihood of you or your male partner having an uncircumcised penis is fairly high, depending on a few factors, where you live, when you were born and one’s ethnic and religious family history. Over 80 percent of the men in the world have an uncircumcised penis – even so there are debates about the necessity. In the United States and United Kingdom, as well as former colonial nations and crown territories, if a man was born between 1900 – 1960, there is between a 65 and 85 percent of a men having an uncircumcised penis. That has changed in the decades since as the reasoning for the high rate of circumcision has changed, and the reported health benefits were more closely examined and many became convinced there are none, but this is still being debated.
Religious beliefs play strongly into whether a man has an uncircumcised penis. Traditional Jewish and Islamic beliefs support and for the most part insist that a male child be circumcised. The age of the circumcision depends, especially for those practicing Islam, on the traditions of the family, region, and country. Circumcision has also been traditionally practiced among the tribes in sub-equatorial Africa as a passage into manhood.
The argument for and against circumcision as a medical procedure has gone on for decades and is likely to continue as there has been no incontrovertible evidence that circumcision promotes health or effects a man negatively.
The History of the Uncircumcised Penis
The wide use of circumcision in the United States was due to promotion by the American Medical Association starting in the late 1800s as a way to prevent phimosis, unretracting foreskin, balanitis, inflammation of the penile glans, and penile cancer. The AMA vice president and widely respected orthopedist Doctor Lewis Sayre started using it as a way to relieve a variety of orthopedic related conditions, and Sayre’s standing led to circumcision as a cure all for multiple diseases.
In the territories and nations of the British Empire, Victorian morals also pushed circumcision as a way to prevent masturbation, sexual insanity, and promiscuity. The conviction was that an uncircumcised penis led men down a road of sexual immorality. The near mania of the Victorian anti-sexual thinking combined with the medical beliefs meant the practice of male circumcision became the standard practice in about a third of the world. Mainland Europe and Asia though still denied that circumcision had any benefits.
The coming of the World Wars and different medical breakthroughs changed this thinking and by 1948 the British National Health Service stopped paying for circumcision.
Myths and Facts About The Uncircumcised Penis
Let us get to the number one question you may have regarding the uncircumcised penis. No it isn’t bigger regardless of flaccid appearance. Penis size is determined by the size of the erectile bodies of the penis, the corpus cavernosum, or the expandable erectile tissues along the length of the penis which fill with blood during erection, not by the length of the skin of the penis. Circumcision has nothing to do with these tissues unless there has been a terrible accident. The hood and extended foreskin of the uncircumcised penis when it is flaccid make it appear as if there might be more substance than the erect penis eventually has.
The hood and foreskin have functions, as it protects the head of the penis throughout life from friction, drying, and injury. The necessity of the foreskin, though, is debatable concerning the numbers of men that have gone through life with a circumcised penis and no reported impairment.
Another myth concerns hygiene, but the fact is the uncircumcised penis is no more likely to gain an infection than the circumcised penis. It takes a little bit more attention because the flaccid uncircumcised penis can have more sweat and other body secretions trapped in the layers of skin, also since the foreskin is designed to slide up and down the penile shaft in intercourse or masturbation and after orgasm, if not cleaned, the vaginal fluids or lubrication one uses can be trapped in the foreskin. It needs to be washed thoroughly as one does any other part of the body, but this does not automatically lead to the conclusion that the uncircumcised penis is any dirtier than an circumcised penis.
A third myth is that either the man with the circumcised penis or the uncircumcised penis is having better sex. The reason this is a myth is because there are so many underlying factors for good sex. The uncircumcised penis has more nerve endings, thus is more potentially sensitive, but as any woman can tell you, being more sensitive doesn’t mean equate to better sex. Great sex depends on the individuals involved and their being attentive to each other. It can be a matter of preference for your lover or yourself.
Regardless of the medical debate, there are a couple of facts. A man with the uncircumcised penis has a greater chance of developing a urinary tract infection, by about a 6 to 11 percent then the circumcised penis. There is some evidence that because the glans develops a thicker skin, the circumcised penis may be more resistant to the transfer of sexually transmitted infections and the transmission of the cancer causing Human Pamplona Virus. This is still being studied, however, and the sexual behaviors, number of partners, and the use of protection still has more to do with the transmission of disease than whether one has an uncircumcised penis or not
The Uncircumcised Penis or Circumcised Penis?
Like all matters of sex, the view you have of your partners or your own uncircumcised penis is yours. How you feel about it depends on how you use it, how often you use it, and who you use it with. Factually there are really few differences between the uncircumcised penis and the circumcised penis – one may have more sensitivity, the other may be a little cleaner, but it very much depends on who one has as a partner and how expressive and attentive someone is during sex for it to be enjoyable.