Believe it or not, circumcised vs. uncircumcised penises are still a hot topic between both the ladies and the fellas. You may be asking yourself: does it really matter? Whereas some lovers shrug their shoulders with indifference, others insist there is a huge difference between cut and uncut men.
Have you ever been surprised by an uncircumcised penis and thought “What am I supposed to do with that?” or stared down at a circumcised dick and felt disappointment? There are wildly differing opinions on the subject. Battle lines have been drawn, and we’re here to make sense of it all!
Circumcision, of course, refers to the medical removal of the foreskin of the penis. This is the skin that covers the head, or glans, or the penis. This practice dates back thousands of years and is still a fiercely debated subject both medically and sexually. Which one is better?
We’re going through the big list of circumcised vs. uncircumcised penises, and who makes the cut. [Read: What do women really think about your penis?]
Pros and Cons of circumcised vs. uncircumcised penises
There’s much to love about both cut and uncut penises, but who really takes the cake? Here are the top pros and cons to having a circumcised vs. uncircumcised penis.
#1 Cleanliness. Cut penises are easier to wash than uncut ones since there is no extra skin to pull back. Author of The New Naked, Harry Fisch, M.D., says foreskin has particular cells that bacteria attach themselves to. Improper washing of the uncircumcised penis can lead to some pretty funky smells, so make sure you’re extra generous with the suds.
#2 Blood flow. There are several feet of blood vessels found in the foreskin. This includes branches of the dorsal artery and the frenular artery. It goes without saying that healthy blood vessels lead to healthy blood flow. Studies by the University of Manitoba suggest that removing these blood vessels can have a damaging effect on the natural function of the penis.
#3 Protection against HIV/AIDS, cancer, UTI’s and more. Circumcision can actually lower the risk of a UTI and bacterial infections, particularly in infants. Studies in South and East Africa show that circumcised men are 60% less susceptible to the HIV infection when having sex with women. These same studies suggested that circumcised men also reduced their risk of getting the human papillomavirus *HPV*, herpes, penile cancer, and syphilis.
#4 Nerve endings. It is reported that men who get circumcised have less sexual sensitivity than their all-natural counterparts. While circumcised men certainly wouldn’t know what they were missing out on, it still sounds like a bummer when you’re told you could have been having better sex! [Read: 18 fascinating and unknown facts about the penis]
#5 Gliding foreskin and less pain during sex. Notoriously, an uncircumcised penis has a fantastic gliding motion unmatched by a circumcised penis. Uncut men still have their foreskin, which makes it easier to masturbate, and some say this also makes for a more fluid sexual experience since the foreskin provides a natural lubrication and gliding motion during penetration.
One Denmark study found that women with cut husbands were twice as likely to experience sexual dissatisfaction as those who participated with uncircumcised husbands. They were also more likely to experience pain during intercourse with cut men. May we suggest lube, ladies?
#6 Aesthetically pleasing. Remember that episode of Sex and the City where Charlotte convinces her boyfriend to get the snip so that she could look at a prettier penis? Turns out, this isn’t too far from women’s minds when it comes to your little friend. [Read: Why are men so obsessed by their penis size?]
While it all comes down to personal preference, in the Western world we are more exposed to the sight of a circumcised penis in media, pop culture, and porn. Therefore, many partners find it more aesthetically pleasing to be with a circumcised man.
#7 Medical accidents. Circumcision is the worst time to hear a doctor exclaim: “Whoops!” Yet, it happens! While circumcisions are generally safe, there are definitely some oopsies that have happened along the way.
Vice reports that the children’s hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland, has ceased the practice of circumcision since 2011. They consider the practice to be a form of genital mutilation.
What the ladies think
Most men are eager to know what their lovers think of what they’ve got going on down south. This can be especially nerve-wracking when they don’t know what their ladies’ preferences are for cut or uncut penises. We’ve asked 6 ladies to weigh in on which is better: circumcised vs. uncircumcised lovers. [Read: The 13 types of penises that women love… or laugh at]
Women who love circumcised men
#1 Rebecca, 29. “Circumcised is the way to go, honestly. I hate to say it, but they’re just cleaner and prettier to look at. Plus, giving head is so much better.”
#2 Brit, 18. “I love circumcised guys. I would never not sleep with a guy I like if he wasn’t circumcised, but I just feel like it’s so much cleaner looking. Plus, it’s just what I’m used to at this point. It’s what I’ve seen in porn and on TV.” [Read: Do women ever get penis envy? The truth revealed]
#3 Amie, 32. “I enjoy both types, for sure. But, there’s something nice about a circumcised cock. No surprises, just all out there. Though I will say, I’ve heard guys lose sensitivity and a bunch of nerves when they get circumcised. How is this not just another plus in the pro column? I’ve had way too many partners who couldn’t last more than a couple of minutes and they were all cut. I can’t imagine how short sex would be if they still had those extra nerve endings!”
Women who love uncircumcised men
#4 Jess, 27. “I’ve been with exactly two cut guys and one uncut one, and I have to say that I preferred the uncut guy. He was very clean, so no cottage cheese happening down there. He was also very well endowed, and I felt at the time that his foreskin made him feel even bigger.” [Read: 7 sexy things to love about an uncircumcised penis]
#5 Cassidy, 24. “I love, love, love uncircumcised guys. If I could control it, I would only ever be with uncircumcised guys from here on out. The foreskin glides inside me and always makes me orgasm. Or, at least, makes it like a zillion times easier to. It’s amazing.”
#6 Theresa, 25. “Giving head to a guy who isn’t circumcised is not my favorite, but I love giving hand jobs to uncut guys. The foreskin is amazing. It’s like his own personal lubricant. I never get a hand cramp and I never have to use lube or, gross but, spit. It’s aces.”
[Read: Sex with an uncircumcised man, myths and all]
The big questions still loom on the horizon: is sex with a circumcised vs. uncircumcised man different? You bet it is! But when it comes to whether or not one trumps the other, we’ll leave that to your personal preference.
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