Showing posts with label Circumcision. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Circumcision. Show all posts

April 7, 2019

Adult Circumcision Will Affect The Jobs That Body Member Has Been Assigned to Do~`For Better or Worse

Two patients reveal what it was really like. 
By Colleen de Bellefonds
Men's Health

Ever wondered if sex feels better for men who have their foreskin than those who don’t? If you were circumcised at birth, it's impossible to tell how the procedure shaped your sex life-you don't know your penis any other way. But the sexual experiences of men who were circumcised as adults could shed light on the ongoing debate around circumcision.
The heated debate around whether or not circumcision is necessary hinges on two arguments. There’s the case for health, which says that circumcision appears to slightly reduce the very low risk of penile cancer, as well as HIV and sexually transmitted infections. (Ultimately, the American Academy of Pediatrics says these health benefits outweigh the risks, but they’re not great enough to recommend circumcision for all baby boys.)

Then there’s the case for sexual pleasure, which says that removing the foreskin might compromise penile function and sensation. Pro-circumcision groups also argue that the surgery is painful and risky, and boys should be able to make their own choice later in life.
But how does circumcision really affect your sex life? 
Circumcision and Sexual Sensation
The foreskin has the most nerve endings of any part of the penis, says Amin Herati, M.D., a urologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine who specializes in adult circumcision. And the skin on the head of the penis does become thicker after circumcision due to increased friction. That’s made some men concerned that the procedure might decrease sensitivity and pleasure in their penis. 
Extensive studies, however, have found that circumcision has no effect on the sensation or function of the penis, says Herati. He notes that research has shown circumcision can’t fix premature ejaculation by making men’s hypersensitive penises less sensitive. "The larger nerve fibers responsible for sexual function are at a deeper level" than the skin that’s cut during circumcision, he says. 
To date, Herati says no patient has ever told him that circumcision affected his sex life. Men who’ve had the procedure later in life agree. 
James* chose to get circumcised last fall at the age of 28 because his frenulum(the skin connecting the foreskin to the penis) was sometimes sore after sex. He was awake during the procedure, which he had at The Urology Place
“I have had migraines that hurt worse,” says James, who took over-the-counter meds to relieve the pain. Within two weeks, he was healed and ready for sex. Neither James nor his wife noticed any differences in their sex life after the procedure. He says his circumcised penis feels more sensitive. “Now there’s more feeling of the vagina during intercourse, instead of the foreskin sliding back and forth over the head,” says James.
For some men, circumcision actually reduces pain and increases pleasure during sex. Sam*, a patient of Herati’s, had a condition known as phimosis, where tight foreskin can’t retract over the penis. In the two years before the surgery, sex was increasingly painful. 
"The breaking point was when I felt deterred from having sex," says Sam. Last summer, in his late 30s, Sam was circumcised; like James, he was awake during the procedure. Post-surgery swelling lasted about eight weeks, and there was discomfort as he got used to the head of his penis being exposed to clothes. “It was surreal, to some degree, because I was an adult male getting used to having a 'new' penis," he says.
After circumcision, Sam says sex was pleasurable again. “I was surprised and heartened by the genuine support I received from women who knew I had the procedure," he says. "I had the feeling they couldn't wait to be the first to ‘try it.’… Sex has been wonderful, both in terms of sensation and not worrying in the back of my mind that I could experience pain or discomfort." 
“I do miss having an uncircumcised penis, because it was more unusual and unique in a way," he adds. "But I'd give up novelty for function.” 
How Adult circumcision is done
If you’re among the roughly 40 percent of American men who aren’t circumcised at birth, you might have considered making the cut. According to Herati, most men who are over 50 get circumcised mostly to fix a condition called balanitis, or inflammation of the head of the penis that scars foreskin so it can’t retract. Younger men most often come because they’re self-conscious about having a foreskin. “They think looking more ‘normal’ with a circumcised penis would give them more self-confidence,” says Herati.
As an adult, you can choose to either be awake with local anesthesia in the clinic, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour, or you can go under with general anesthesia, which takes 30 to 45 minutes. A doctor makes two incisions, one above and one below the foreskin. Once the skin is removed, the two sides are sewn back together. “The foreskin does have the most nerve sensation of all the penis, but when we block that with lidocaine men are very comfortable,” says Herati. You’ll likely be sore for four to five days and shouldn’t have sex for about a month. “Then it’s business back to usual,” says Herati.
Complications of adult circumcision
Complications (usually pain, minor bleeding, or infection) happen in just 1 to 2 percent of all circumcisions, says Herati, although risk is slightly higher in adults than newborns, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Very rarely, too much or too little foreskin is removed, or the remaining foreskin attaches to the tip of the penis. Surgery can address these problems. 
*Names have been changed to allow subjects to speak freely on private matters.

February 25, 2014

Do You Want Your Foreskin Back?

Before gay rights became the fight of the land it was beginning to be circumcisions or like some people like to call it mutilation. For the sake of new i information which kind of hard to come on the subject from good sources I have prepared a post for you.
Missing something?
Missing something? (Thinkstock)

After 27 years on this planet, I learned that I am not only a victim of mutilation, 
but also an amputee; I just hadn't known it. Like millions of other men, I was, as a baby, circumcised. I never really thought anything of it until my editors directed me to a Yahoo! Group — 
yes, they still exist — that serves as the online home of the New York City 
chapter of NORM, the National Organization of Restoring Men.
Since the early ‘80s, men who have been unsatisfied by their "cuts" 
have banded together for the cause and formed acronym-heavy groups with varying degrees of wit: Brothers United for Future Foreskins (BUFF), UNCircumcising Information and Resources Centers (UNCIRC), and Recover A Penis (RECAP), among many 
others. The spectrum is wide, yet the mission remains relatively stable: These dudes want their foreskins back, and they want them now. Plus, they don't want any more unsuspecting babies to get snipped.
NORM is the restoration organization that reigns supreme today, with dozens
  of chapters in seven countries around the world.  
To complement………….
 the techno-prowess of the aforementioned Yahoo! Group, there is also, I kid you not, a Foreskin Restoration WebRing. (For those of you who haven't heard the term since the late '90s, a WebRing is a collection of websites that are all linked to each other, forming a chain of sites around a central topic, in this case foreskin restoration.)
Though I'd never previously thought about my amputee status/victimhood, while perusing these online forums I discovered there are people who think about their circumcisions every single day — particularly those in the midst of the painful restoration process, which oftentimes means having a mechanical clamp attached to one's penis for hours at a time over a period of months or even years
Intrigued, I embarked on my Foreskin Restoration Information Deep Gathering Expedition (FRIDGE). If they can do acronyms en masse, so can I. Step one was to attend the monthly meeting of the New York City chapter of NORM, described on its Yahoo! Group as a "community of men seeking to restore our foreskins, an important part of the male sexual anatomy that most of us were wrongfully deprived of at birth."

While the origins of circumcision are murky, in terms of both the reasons why cutting began, as well as where and when it first occurred, the practice most certainly dates back several millennia. Of course, circumcision has long been practiced by Jews, Muslims, and other groups around the world. As fifth century BC historian Herodotus wrote in his still-widely regarded work, The Histories, the Egyptians "practice circumcision for the sake of cleanliness, considering it better to be cleanly than comely.
Records show that other groups from Before the Common Era, including many cultures from across the African continent, circumcised their young. In some cases this is thought to have signified an ascent into manhood (when the act was performed in the pubescent stage)
 or to discourage masturbation (we all know how well that works...).
In recent years, the ancient practice has found considerable scientific validation 
from medical professionals, with studies showing that circumcised men may be less likely to acquire sexually transmitted diseases than their intact counterparts — as well as some highly debatable stats that circumcision may reduce risks of penile and prostate cancer.
The New York Times reported in 2012 that the American Academy of Pediatrics had "shifted its stance on infant male circumcision," announcing that new research, "including studies in Africa suggesting that the procedure may protect heterosexual men against H.I.V., indicated that the health benefits outweighed the risks."
Despite these studies, the fast-growing anti-circumcision movement traces its 
routes back several millennia as well. "Foreskin restoration also has a history stretching back to the Hellenistic world," says Daniel O'Neill, a 42-year-old graphic designer who lives in the Inwood section of Manhattan and is the coordinator of NYC-NORM. “Jewish athletes would stretch their foreskin, 
as circumcision was a much less radical procedure in those days, to fit in. Athletes competed in the nude, and exposing the glans was considered obscene in the Greek world."
Records of circumcised and uncircumcised men in ancient Greece are of particular interest to the restoration community. A clothing accessory from that era, the kynodesme, has been taken up by the NORM folks as historical evidence of the ills associated with the exposure of the glans, or as it is better known, the penis head. Non-Jewish Greeks weren't circumcised, but it was considered, um, un-Kosher for the glans to be exposed during athletic competitions. Thus, the kynodesme, a leather strap of sorts, was worn by male athletes who lacked sufficient foreskin to cover the entirety of their glans.
The contemporary restoration activists, who call themselves intactivists, 
stand by this ancient belief that the glans should not be exposed, 
and therefore circumcision is nothing less than mutilation.

Despite spending years as a kid at Jew-ish summer camp 
(approximately 97.5 percent of the attendees were Jewish by my unscientific count) where circumcised penises abounded in the bunks, as a straight man and germaphobe who avoids locker rooms in favor of outdoor exercise I have only seen a handful of my intact brethren. And, truth be told, I'd never wondered much about whether I was missing out on anything by being cut. I suspect this is the case for the vast majority of cut men.

Until embarking on my research for this piece, I had little idea that the penis in its natural, uncut state, is quite similar to the vagina, whereby it is a moist organ that has some pretty sophisticated and highly sensitive nerve endings. Sounds like something that could be useful. 
If I weren't circumcised, I would have my very own built-in Manhattan Mini Storage, a place where my glans would be protected from things like touching the interior of my pants, or from that small scrape I gave myself in high school when I accidentally zipped my fly over the glans. As the kind of person who uses a huge shatter-proof case to protect his iPhone, always wears a seatbelt when in a car, and a helmet when on a bike, given the choice I'd like to keep my one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable organ covered, too. Of course, I didn’t get to make that choice myself.
 My parents and a knife-wielding mohel, made that decision for me.

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