Things Uncircumcised Guys Should Know
“Uncircumcised penises are normal; there is nothing wrong with them. They are the biological default of the male sex organ. There is, of course, nothing wrong with circumcised penises either.” That is perhaps one of the most important things you would read in this article.
If you are uncircumcised and you have questions about your penis, stigma, and/or precautions, you have here most of the answers you’re looking for. We have done our research and curated information from people’s experiences concerning uncircumcision and we would be sharing these with you in this article.
What is Uncircumcision?
This is the state of being uncircumcised. In other words, the foreskin of the penis is left uncut. The penis retains the foreskin which covers the head of a non-erect penis. A circumcised penis has no foreskin; this exposes the glans when the penis is erect and non-erect (1).
Things you should know about Uncircumcision.
Here are things you should know about uncircumcised penises.
1. Cleaning could be difficult
Uncircumcised men would take extra efforts to clean the area under the foreskin. “The uncircumcised foreskin has certain cells that bacteria can attach to,” writes Dr. Harry Fisch in Women’s Health Magazine (2). Bacteria can incubate and grow under the foreskin, and it has been shown that it can lead to higher rates of HIV. It isn’t a big deal, though. As an uncircumcised man, you must have been used to washing and keeping it healthy over the years.
2. The foreskin does not affect the penis
The foreskin does not in any way pose a challenge to the penis. Erections and sexual performance are still the same whether you are circumcised or not. In a study as revealed by Shape Magazine, it was found out that “guys’ odds of premature ejaculation or erectile trouble were not affected by their circumcision status” (2).
So, you don’t have to be worried that your uncircumcision could be a problem in your sexual life.
3. Uncircumcision can help retain penis sensitivity
This can be very profound for your penis. The natural cap can help your penis retain its sensitivity as it dangles everywhere in your boxers. Most uncircumcised guys have confessed that they love the cap because it keeps the penis more sensitive.
Science seems to be in support of this as Shape Magazine says that “circumcision does remove up to half of the skin on a penis – so he loses ‘fine-touch neuroreceptors’ which are highly responsive to light touch” (2).
After circumcision, the penis grows a “callus-like” covering for the penis to protect it. This makes the nerves less responsive.
4. There are more of you
Perhaps this is something you have missed out on all the while. Contrary to what you may think, there are more uncircumcised guys globally than there are circumcised.
According to the BBC, about 30% of penises globally are circumcised; this leaves the percentage of uncircumcised penises at 70%. In the UK alone, about 90% of the men are uncircumcised. While these statistics may be different in the United States, uncircumcision is a norm in the UK.
In a later development, CBS News reports showed a decline in the circumcision rate in newborns from 83% in the 60s to 77% in 2010 (2). It is believed that the increase in the Hispanic population and a decrease in access to health care are responsible for this decline. Another claim showed that parents just lost interest in circumcising their male children.
Whichever is the case, the bottom line is that there are many uncircumcised people out there, and maybe that would make you feel better if you thought you were all alone.
5. It doesn’t (or shouldn’t) affect a woman’s pleasure
Circumcision or uncircumcision does not translate to sexual pleasure for women. A Denmark study showed that women with uncircumcised partners were half as likely to say they weren’t satisfied in bed (2).
Going further, you could do better in bed; Paduch explains that “the foreskin retracts and bunches a bit, providing extra clitoris stimulation. Never a bad thing” (2).
So really, the chances that you would make it better is higher when you are uncircumcised. Aside from that, satisfying a woman goes beyond penis-in-vagina activity. We have written extensively on the issue in our previous articles.’
6. Uncircumcision can make sex less painful
Studies have also shown that women with uncircumcised partners tend to experience less pain during sex. This is because the uncut penis has a more velvety feel and is glossier. Even if you do not use lubricant while having sex, your partner would still have much less discomfort. Yes, the term glossier might not have been the right word here, but you get the point.
Also, women have ‘testified’ that uncut penes are great for hand jobs, as much lube wouldn’t be very necessary. As long as her hands are on the foreskin, she can roll back and forth over the shaft and head of your penis. The foreskin acts as a sort of alternative to lubricants to protect the penis (3).
7. Don’t worry about STIs
As long as you keep it clean, you shouldn’t worry about catching a sexually transmitted infection. If your partner gets worried about your penis, let her know that as long as you both only have sex with yourselves and you keep the area clean as you could, bacteria or diseases wouldn’t incubate.
Uncircumcised penises are not inherently dirtier than circumcised ones (4).
On the other hand, if you don’t clean yourself often enough, smegma can form and build up. Smegma is a white substance that is formed by the combination of dead skin cells and oils. According to research conducted by the American Cancer Society (ACS), it can increase irritation and inflammation that raises the risk of penile cancer, and also make it harder to see signs of early cancer (4).
To avoid smegma, regular cleaning should be a part of your daily routine.
8. What about the penis size?
You should notice your penis seems a little bulkier when it is flaccid. During an erection, the foreskin is almost invisible, and your partner might hardly notice it. It does not affect how big your penis looks when hard.
The size of your penis, aside from your genetic makeup, is based on blood flow to the penile tissues. Not having a foreskin (which is just a layer of skin tissue) does not impact the penile tissues, nor does it dictate the size of your penis when erect. It only makes it a little bulky when flaccid.
9. Your uncircumcised penis does not affect sperm production
Your fertility does not have any direct relationship with you being uncircumcised. The production of sperm is based on the testicles, not the penis. The penis is simply a passage or tool for introducing the sperm into the vagina.
Your diet, lifestyle, and overall health condition have a more significant role in your fertility than being uncut (5).
How to properly care for your uncircumcised penis
There is no big deal in taking care of your uncut penis. There are no special cleaning or rituals. Read these steps below to know how to care for your uncircumcised penis properly.
- Pull back the foreskin away from the end of your penis. Pull as far as it’s comfortable for you.
- Wash the head and inside fold of the foreskin.
- Rinse well with plenty of water (Do not leave soap behind. soap can irritate the sensitive skin on the head of your penis) (6).
- When done, pull the foreskin back over your penis.
- Do this as part of your daily routine.
When do you need to see a doctor?
You should seek medical attention when:
- The foreskin gets stuck to the head of the penis, even when you have hit puberty. A prescribed steroid cream can speed up the process of separation. It is a simple treatment with great results (6).
- You may have an infection if the foreskin is red and/or swollen. At times this can be accompanied by pains when passing urine. It could be a result of an infection of the foreskin or a urinary tract infection. You should get treatment immediately as it can get worse if left untreated.
- If you have phimosis, which is a condition where the foreskin may still be attached to the head of the penis (for many reasons, one is age), or the foreskin becomes too tight for it to come back over the head of the penis. You can treat both cases with a steroid cream, depending on the severity and nature of the issue (6).
- If paraphimosis occurs, this is a situation where the foreskin gets stuck behind and is unable to be pulled down after being pushed back over the head of the penis. This condition can be very painful and requires an emergency as the tight skin can start cutting off the normal flow of blood to the head of the penis. If you can’t get a doctor right away for this issue, make your way to the emergency room and let healthcare personnel with some lubrication get the foreskin back over the head of the penis or carry out an emergency circumcision if necessary.
Being uncircumcised has very little to do with achieving a healthier life and more to do with personal choices, preferences, and in some cases, religious and traditional inclinations.
There is no reason why you should feel less or feel more if you are uncircumcised. Aside from the extra care that you have to pay to your penis in washing it regularly properly, you are as normal as any healthy male can be, cut or uncut.
Every other caution to take in your sex life, such as condoms to reduce the risk of STIs, is also applicable to circumcised guys.
If you wash regularly, avoid multiple sexual partners, you are as healthy as a horse.