To Snip or Not to Snip: The Benefits of Foreskin
hen deciding whether or not to circumcise your son, you may be hearing only one side to the story. Male circumcision is commonly accepted in America as the social norm. Fathers fear their sons will be embarrassed or not fit in if they have foreskin. Man men with foreskin feel ashamed about not having been circumcised. So what’s the deal? Is the elimination of foreskin actually necessary? Does it really reduce sensation and pleasure? Is foreskin becoming more and more socially acceptable?
The main reason many babies are circumcised outside of religious tradition is for better hygiene. Circumcision makes it inherently easier to wash the penis. It decreases the risk of urinary tract infections. It also allegedly decreases the risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV, but not having foreskin alone will not protect the contracting of STIs. Another benefit of circumcision is the prevention of penile problems like inflammation or penile cancer, though rare; it is less common in circumcised men.
What is often overlooked or normalized in the US are the dangers associated with male circumcisions and how invasive the procedure is in actuality. There are men’s rights organizations that are fighting against the stigma of foreskin. The American health care system is the only one globally that support and recommends circumcision. The risks include: infection, surgical mishap, and hemorrhage.
Circumcision is the equivalent of surgically removing 15 square inches of skin from an adult male. Leaving the penis intact is becoming more and more popular in the U.S., many parents are opting to preserve the foreskin. The skin has an important function: to protect the head o the penis providing moisture and lubrication. One of the biggest drawbacks to circumcision that is a long-term negative effect, is that losing the foreskin diminishes sexual pleasure for men.
Many organizations claim that there is actually no proven link between hygiene, STI, and circumcision. Globally, circumcised males are actually the minority. Three-fourths of the world’s men are uncircumcised and have no proven negative effects accompanying the presence of foreskin.
Circumcised or uncircumcised, penis acceptance is important. If you are circumcised you might be able to last longer in bed due to the decreased sensation and this could be a huge pro. For those uncircumcised, you are actually the majority in the world and have the benefit of enhanced sensation. Though uncircumcised penis’s rule Western media, times are changing and there is a shift in America to foreskin acceptance as people move closer to understand the important evolutionary purpose of the protective penile covering.