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What is it Like to Have Sex with an Uncircumcised Man?

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A comedienne once said, "Women love circumcised men because like a good sale, circumcised men are ten percent off." I have to say this statement isn’t completely true.

For those of you who haven’t seen an uncircumcised penis, just think of it as a flesh-colored hoodie covering the penis. The hoodie is also known as the foreskin or prepuce. On an uncircumcised man, this skin retracts when his penis is hard. However, with a flaccid penis, the foreskin can be retracted manually.

One of the incredible things about the foreskin is that it is extremely sensitive for the man, so sometimes 10 percent off isn’t necessarily a good deal. Wink. Wink.

I have slept with two men who had a little extra something. Both men were from Europe where circumcision is generally not practiced, but optional for parents when a child is born.

Now, the burning question is this: Is there a difference between uncircumcised versus circumcised while having sex? My experience tells me that it is easier to reach orgasm because there was a little something-something extra. The extra foreskin acts like a ribbed condom and give more friction, hence more stimulation in the vajayjay.

One of my girlfriends shrilled at the idea of having sex with a guy who was uncircumcised. Her complaint was that it wasn’t clean and the woman could get an infection.

But my experience counters her hypothesis, because the uncircumcised man was trained to clean his extra man parts efficiently, and to also wash after sex. The men with the hoodies knew that they needed to keep the area spotless to avoid infection and smell which would send any woman running for the hills.

Now, when it comes to foreplay and performing fellatio, the foreskin is very sensitive and should be treated delicately, but should also be an area of focus. Again, when the penis becomes erect, the hoodie typically peels back.

For those of you with a circumcised partner, a study performed at Michigan State University determined that "the most sensitive part of a circumcised guy’s penis is his circumcision scar."

Darius Paduch, M.D., Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Urology and Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, a clinician-scientist at Weill Cornell Medical College, and a urologist and male sexual medicine specialist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, spoke with Shape.com.

"One way his foreskin can be a tool for your pleasure: When an uncircumcised guy’s foreskin retracts, it may bunch up around the base of his penis, providing a little extra friction against your clitoris. This is going to play a role [in pleasure] for women who have the clitoral pattern of arousal,” Paduch said.

While I have never had an issue with pain during sex with an uncircumcised man, Paduch adds this valuable information. "The uncircumcised penis is much glossier, a more velvety feel,” Paduch said. "So for women who aren’t lubricating well, they may have much less discomfort having sex with a guy who is uncircumcised."

Paduch said that guys who have their foreskin intact require lubricant far less frequently during sex and masturbation, since the skin of their penis is naturally slicker.

So, sex with uncircumcised men equals a thumbs up and nothing to fear just because it may look different from what you might be familiar with.


"Sex Talk Realness: Circumcised Penises vs. Uncircumcised Penises." Cosmopolitan. 23 Oct. 2014. Web. 04 Nov. 2015.

"Is Sex with a Circumcised Man Different?" Shape Magazine. Web. 04 Nov. 2015.

Reviewed November 4, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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EmpowHER Guest

Not sure what all the flap is about.

March 29, 2016 - 8:00am
EmpowHER Guest

This is such BS. I was married 36 years to an uncircumcised man. Honey, when the penis is hard, there is no "extra" skin to rub your insides. Stupid blubbering.

January 30, 2016 - 7:34pm
EmpowHER Guest

Wow! Is it really still 50% of male babies that are still butchered in the US? I had no idea it was that high. The rest of the civilised world pretty much ditched the barbaric practice in the 60s and 70s.

January 23, 2016 - 7:44pm
EmpowHER Guest

You're citing Cosmopolitan and Shape as your sources for an article?
This provides no credibility whatsoever.

December 11, 2015 - 10:24pm
EmpowHER Guest

Intact sex is hot. I am SO thankful that my husband is from Europe, where they do NOT amputate foreskins of baby boys. No artificial lubrication needed because of the mechanical gliding of the foreskin (the foreskin is the only mobile part of the penis). Intact men do NOT require any more hygiene than an intact woman or cut man does. My husband literally takes 10 seconds to rinse with warm water in the shower. No soap needed. And there is no "smell or infection" ever (I seriously think that is a myth started by American doctors to get lots of money cutting the foreskins of baby boys). The foreskin also contains thousands of sensitive fine touch nerve endings, while the head of the penis only has crude pain and pressure nerve endings. All mammals, male and female have a prepuce, deemed the "clitoral hood" in females. We NEED to stop this needless and harmful amputation of baby boys.

November 11, 2015 - 11:15am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

As an RN who took care of many elderly men who were unable to perform simple bathing needs, Please make sure SOMEONE takes the time to clean "foreskin" area daily. I had so many elderly men who had a painful buildup & would pull @ area that were red & inflamed & would pull out urinary catheters unintentionally due to the discomfort.
Lastly, keep this info & cleanliness info for young boys also who "forget" & you can also wind up in the pediatrician's office due to above. Wishing good health to all

June 4, 2016 - 7:20am
EmpowHER Guest

Two points of contention: 1) Someone who has their natural penis is intact, not uncircumcised, just like a woman with breasts is intact and not unmastectomized; and 2) the foreskin is not "extra" or superfluous, it is how nature intended it to be.

November 10, 2015 - 4:54pm
EmpowHER Guest


Intactivists can be kinda sensitive, they are single issue driven. FYI, the reason that sex with uncircumcised guys seldom needs lube isn't because their penises are "glossier," it is because the extra skin glides up and down the penis shaft, acting like a lateral bearing, resulting in far less skin on skin friction (the penis shaft moves freely up and down, while the penis skin itself needs to move much less in the vagina). With circumcised guys they is much less skin and glide, so lube is needed, as their penises act more like a metal piston in the vagina.

Nature evolved foreskins on all male mammals for a reason, it provides decernable reproductive advantages -- ease in intercourse and more pleasure, among them. If it didn't, males wouldn't be born with them. The fact that Man can reproduce without one is a testiment to his adaptabilty, not proof that nature got it wrong on a broad scale.

November 10, 2015 - 10:52am
EmpowHER Guest

Gah! Give them some slack, they are making great progress.

The technicality of the term intact will soon be fully realized. Give it some time.

November 10, 2015 - 9:32am
EmpowHER Guest

The use of the terms uncircumcsed, 'extra skin'...and the question being asked in the first place is quite an indictment of American culture. Thank you for the article, and as for the baby cutters out there: WAKE UP!

November 10, 2015 - 6:15am
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