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I’ll be honest; I had to do a lot of research before sitting down to write this article. I have only come into contact with one uncircumcised penis during my short stint as a single adult woman, and it didn’t really seem to be that big of a deal at the time.

However, when it comes to uncircumcised penises, there’s more than meets the eye . Approximately 50% of men are “uncut,” which is really how the penis is meant to be in the first place (not many men outside the United States are circumcised). Circumcision originated among ancient religious populations as a way to purify man by removing the source of his sexual pleasure. This tradition has held its ground into the 21st century, which can lead to quite a bit of confusion when a woman unexpectedly comes into contact with a penis au naturale.

It may surprise you to learn that the foreskin itself, before it is separated from its owner, is extremely sensitive to pleasure. During circumcision two very important things are removed that will never grow back: the frenulum, the band near the tip of the penis that connects the foreskin with the glans, and then of course, the foreskin and all the nerve endings that go along with it.

Not only are these sources of pleasure eliminated during circumcision, but the shaft of the penis is left unprotected and slowly loses its responsiveness through a process called keratinization. In an article published in Fathering Magazine, Rio Cruz explains that “the male glans and inner foreskin, just like the clitoris and inner labia of women, are actually internal structures covered by mucous membrane that, when exposed to the air and harsh environment through circumcision, develop a tough, dry covering to protect the delicate, sensitive tissue.”

The main difference in having sex with an uncircumcised penis is that the foreskin acts as a glider of sorts, and it stays in place while the glans and shaft continue to thrust. This leads to less friction in the vagina and thus a more pleasurable experience for the female.

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Robert (reply to buffydaddy)

You also might wish to check out this survey from women experienced in normal and circumcised sex in the BJU:

http://www.cirp.org/library/anatomy/ohara/

March 23, 2010 - 7:42am
Robert (reply to buffydaddy)

re, vaginal dryness, you might wish to read this:

http://mensightmagazine.com/Articles/Northrup/lovecirc.htm

It seems your OPINION differs from a fellow medical professional--so which OPINION should one believe?

THIS is the problem with medicine, OPINIONS can differ. But in science, the facts are the facts, and need not rely on anything as tenuous as mere opinions.

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Anonymous (reply to buffydaddy)

Buffy Daddy, you can find most of my facts at ww.cirp.org and those facts are usually from reputable medical journals.

The American Cancer Society absolutely doesn't recommend infant male circumcision for penile cancer. i don't know where you got that bit of misinformation. Some statistics for you to consider, Sweden where 17,999 out of 100,000 men go to their graves with their foreskins has a lower penile cancer rate than The US. There are other countries where circumcision is virtually unknown that have lower penile cancer rates as well.

No one was making any statements about Jews except the fact they are an insular culture. It is a simple fact that Jews tend to sleep with Jews and marry Jews. That makes them insular meaning they insulate themselves from other cultures as a practice. "Insular" is not bigotry. Jewish wives of circumcised men don't contract cervical cancer because as a culture, they have not been exposed to the HPV virus like populations that are not insular. Just as Americans have not had the HIV rates that African cultures have had because the two cultures just don't mix. It also explains why among heretosexuals in The US, the infection has been especially high in African Americans. There is just not much mixing between the races.

Maybe the problem is that you don't understand the meaning of "insular." The word comes from the word "insulate" meaning "kept apart' as an island culture would be insular. By their own choice, Jews in Israel tend to keep themselves apart from others therefore, they are insular.

Even if what you are saying has some truth to it, the fact still remains that the very circumcision kills 6 of every child it is supposed to protect from penile cancer decades later. (Search " Robert Baker," "Thomas S. Szasz" or "Dan Bollinger" for the studies of the deaths.) If you would like, I can also post the names and locations of infants that have died as a direct result of their circumcisions. But, I would also like you to post a list of names of boys that have died from not being circumcised.

Phimosis as a complication of diabetes does happen but it is relatively rare and not common enough to justify the risks of infant circumcision. It is also limited to older men with an onset commonly in the late 50's. It indicates the men have not controlled their diabetes in most cases. Irresponsibility of one person does not justify the violation of another person's body.

Regarding vaginal dryness, have you ever tried to find K-Y Jelly in Europe? It is difficult to find there yet it is available widely in The US. I'm assuming that you are circumcised. Have you ever noticed that your mons pubis is covered with (natural) vaginal lubricant after sex? Where do you suspect that came from? How do you suspect it got out? Could it be that your penis pulled it out? Do you know that the penile sleeve on a natural penis slides up and down the penis from near the tip to the base during sex instead of being fixed in place like a circumcised penis?

Even in women with very little vaginal lubrication, artificial lubrication is rarely needed if the man is intact. It takes very little because the vast majority of the lubrication stays within the vagina.

By the way, I see that you are slinging around a bit of scientific terrminology. If you are a physician, I recommend keeping it close to your vest. You've clearly come to a gun fight with a pocket knife. This is simply one you can not win and it can only become an embarassment.

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March 19, 2010 - 11:40am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

what are all these men doing on our site anyway with their ridiculous premises? - artificial lube!!! -trust a man to come up with that one (talk about denial).....

December 15, 2012 - 3:50pm
buffydaddy (reply to Anonymous)

First of all, I find it interesting that you have not identified yourself by profession or gender, not that that is most important. Secondly, your "not so astute" assertions about your vast knowledge of the sub-cultural sexual practices of Jewish women (non orthodox) speaks for not only narrow-mindedness, at best, but perhaps you shouldn't "insulate" yourself and maybe read or speak to other cultures to gather more facts before pontificating about topics you may need to be educated about. I apologize if I may have missed any statement regarding your academic credentials. Exactly where did you get your degree in either gynecology, epidemiology, public health or urology?? I assume,from your BROAD PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, that the majority of your vocation deals with sexual health??

FYI, Jewish women (generally those non-orthodox, and I know it may come as a shock to you), also have sex with and not limited to, Christian, Catholic, Episcopalian, Mormon, Asiatics, Blacks, Latinos, and even people from outer space if they were available. That by itself is not to imply promiscuity unique to their subculture, but that the sexual morays in a great part of our American culture have changed significantly and crosses cultural borders.
Therefore, the assumption that they are "insulated from the rest of societal cultures sexually" and therefore, (do not have any meaurable incidence of HPV) is not only fallacious at best, but speaks of ignorance, disregard, misinformation and sophomorish childish behavior. By the way, Webster's dictionary defines "insular" in many connotations professor:
Main Entry: in·su·lar
Pronunciation: \ˈin(t)-su̇-lər, -syu̇-, ˈin-shə-lər\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula island
Date: 1611
1 a : of, relating to, or constituting an island b : dwelling or situated on an island
2 : characteristic of an isolated people; especially : being, having, or reflecting a narrow provincial viewpoint
3 : of or relating to an island of cells or tissue

With regards to "narrow viewpoint", maybe you ought to read more or broaden your friendship circles and not be quite so "insular" by nature yourself.

By the way, I am a surgeon, and I myself, separate from the rest of the "industry," do not advocate an across the board policy of neonatal circumcision unless the parents request this. Even in my adult practice I only advocate this to those that are resistant to standard therapies, whose wives can not control their yeast infections because they are passing it back and forth, men with complaints of chronic lacerations of the foreskin from inadequate stretching of the skin, diabetics with genital complications, or in general men who assert that their partners are not so motivated to perform oral sex on a phallus that blossoms forth an aroma somewhere between the stenches of a garbage heap or a jock strap that hasn't been cleaned in six months by an athlete, despite attempts at conventional therapies. Try not to take so many statements out of context for your own argument sake. That doesn't make for accumulating great points in debating.

I assume that you were too busy or disinterested to see what the American Cancer Society said in 2010, not in 1996, about risks for penile cancer. You might go the link I provided above, and I recommend that the readers go to this link as well, http://www.cancer.org/docroot/cri/content/cri_2_4_2x_what_are_the_risk_f...

Nowhere did I advocate circumsion to prevent penile cancer, I only made the statement that there are risk factors that maybe you would like to be informed about. These are not meant to illustrate that men should rush out and get circumcised for that reason, but that curiously so, although penile cancer represents a smaller segment of oncologic pathology in this country, in other countries, Asiatic and South American, penile and urethral cancers are more common. Oh, by the way, my friend with the AK 47 in his/her shorts, I don't have a mons pubis, by definition, check your gender sheet more carefully next time you "arm yourself."
"Mons pubis
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Mons pubis

Anterior view of human female pelvis, pubic hair shaved, indicating mons pubis
Latin mons pubis
Gray's subject #270 1265
Precursor Genital tubercle
In human anatomy or in mammals in general, the mons pubis (Latin for "pubic mound"), also known as the mons veneris (Latin, mound of Venus) or simply the mons, is the adipose tissue lying above the pubic bone of adult women, anterior to the symphysis pubis. The mons pubis forms the anterior portion of the vulva, and limits the perineal region proximally and anteriorly.

Out of fairness to you , you probably couldn't discern my sex from my photo?? And your photo is, Where??

Another observation for you, the moisture present on my "mons pubis" after sex is from HER lubrication and sexual responsivity, not caused by my presence or lack of foreskin, professor. You might ask fifty women the same question and poll their response. Where did you get that from?? Maybe you need to get out more often. By the way, a man or woman should not be measured intellectually by the "weapon he packs," but for sake of continuing your bantering, I doubt if your Hasbro toy gun is "even loaded." I'm not afraid to debate you any where, any place, anytime, "Professor."

Lastly, for humanitarian sake, maybe I can get a collection up and send "Astroglide," and not KY Jelly, to the european communities that might seek some sexual relief. KY jelly, professor, is known to be a drying agent after it is left on for any length of time, and it doesn't surprises me that it's implementation or request is quite limited there or any educated society.

PS. your choice of vernacular is challenging at best, that is unless you meant further derogatory or defamatory characterization of the Jewish people. It doesn't forebode a good style at this website, my friend.

March 20, 2010 - 6:02am
Hugh7 (reply to buffydaddy)

"I assume that you were too busy or disinterested to see what the American Cancer Society said in 2010, not in 1996, about risks for penile cancer. You might go the link I provided above, and I recommend that the readers go to this link as well, http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_2X_What_are_the_risk_factors_for_penile_cancer_35.asp?rnav=cri"

And it says "In weighing the risks and benefits of circumcision, doctors consider the fact that penile cancer is very uncommon in the United States, even among uncircumcised men. Neither the American Academy of Pediatrics nor the Canadian Academy of Pediatrics recommends routine circumcision of newborns just for medical reasons. In the end, decisions about circumcision are highly personal and depend more on social and religious factors than on medical evidence."

So why is buffydaddy so keen to shroud-wave about penile cancer? Castrated men live longer than "uncastrated" men, but we don't consider doing that without pressing medical need.

March 24, 2010 - 11:30pm
Robert (reply to buffydaddy)

Since you are so invested in degrees, do you have a degree in SCIENCE.. by this I mean a degree in one of the actual science, not the so-called "medical science".

Science is a consensus of FACTS and EVIDENCE.

"medical science" is merely a consensus of OPINIONS.. many predicted on scientifically-questionable "studies" (statistics) and very selective in content.

Previously on this forum, I have presented a short tutorial in science and an example of what it works, and its requirements.

After reading it, perhaps you can present a single SCIENTIFICALLY credible benefit for circumcision.

I AM a scientist, and after searching for one for over 10 years, I have yet to find one.

I am curious to see if you, as a member of the medical profession pushing this procedure, have one to offer.

March 23, 2010 - 6:48am
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