OK! So a hot button topic these days in the world of parenting is circumcising or not circumcising. I, personally, did it with both boys. I’m fine with my decision and there really isn’t a darn thing I can do to change that fact now, so there is literally zero point in arguing that with me. What I’m doing is a two-to-four part series about circumcision. I will be giving the pros of being intact and the pros of being circumcised. Both sides will have their own post. And both posts will be positive. Here is what I have found about the pros of having an intact foreskin:
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is no medical reason to circumcise a newborn. Years ago, it had been thought that if an infant was born with a non-retractable foreskin, then circumcising the baby was the only option. However, recently it has been found that only about 1 in 20 boys are born with a retractable foreskin. That number jumps to 50% of boys by the age of 1, and then 80-90% of boys by age 3. Therefore it is reasonable to conclude that the penis will naturally become retractable with age and it is normal for boys to be born this way.
The foreskin is also a protective barrier for the male penis. Not unlike the female clitoris, the penis was meant to be an internal organ. The foreskin is the barrier between the outside elements and the delicate internal organ. Those that have a foreskin have a much lower incidence of abrasion, callousing, drying, and harm from environmental elements.
Sexual pleasure has also been shown to be higher in those with an intact foreskin. There are rigid bands on the foreskin that enhance male pleasure. Also, the foreskin allows for a natural gliding action during sexual intercourse that really enhances sexual pleasure. In addition to the above mentioned benefits for sexual pleasure, there are many thousands and thousands of nerve endings that add so much feeling to the penis that some scientists speculate it could double or triple the sexual pleasure felt by those that have no foreskin. There are also sebaceous glands in the foreskin, which act as a natural lubricant for the penis.
The male ‘G-spot’ is in the foreskin. It is known as the frenulum. The best way to describe the types of nerves in the frenulum, is by likening it to the frenula that is found in the clitoral hood (which is the female equivalent to foreskin) and the frenula under the tongue. When repeatedly stretched and relaxed during sexual intercourse, many men have been known to experience multiple climaxes.
The biggest pro is it completely diminishes all risk of surgical mishap. There have been many instances of botched circumcision (my son’s included, which will totally come in part three of this series) which has led to some, and sometimes all, of the penis being removed. The anesthesia and subsequent pain experienced during and after a circumcision procedure has also been shown to decrease maternal bonding and the trust felt by a newborn.
Ok, so this has been the pros of having a foreskin. Feel free to leave your comments below. The goal is to do one post of each, then discuss my personal experience with circumcision. Afterward, I may follow up with any information I come across again. I would love to have a place that has the pros of each all in one area, so parents can really make the best decision for their own child.
Also, check out the I Love Foreskin YouTube video