The vast majority of intact males value and appreciate having been left intact and would never consider parting with their foreskin, however a small percentage of intact men decide to become circumcised for various reasons. For some, it may be to convert to a religion such as Judaism or Islam, even though it is not a requirement of either of these religions to be circumcised.
Some men may not be able to retract their foreskin completely and are not given proper advice on alternative treatments to correct this, so they submit to unnecessary surgery. Whatever the reason, some intact men choose for themselves to be circumcised. Some are content afterwards, however a large number of these men find a dramatic decrease in sensitivity and sexual pleasure and regret their decision.
Below are two accounts of men who regret their decision to be circumcised and how it affected their sexual experiences. As this topic discusses sexual sensation, some descriptions may be explicit for some readers. Please bear in mind that we do not mean to offend but these descriptions are important in getting the message across.
Chris Jones – I was circumcised as an adult, it was my choice and no-one else’s. Two years ago, I had a foreskin that wouldn’t retract and had torn slightly so I went to see my doctor and asked – yes, I asked, to have a circumcision, thinking at the time that it wouldn’t make any difference to me as half the world is cut, so it must be no big deal. I even googled the subject and unfortunately found sites reaffirming this. My doctor just said OK when I suggested it and so I had the operation soon after.
After the circumcision, I was completely unbiased, thinking sex and masturbation would be just the same, and in fact even some pro-circ sites on the net promise that it’s better, so I waited till it healed. Then I thought it was just numb from the operation. Then I waited some time more………….
Then I did some more research and found that I had made the worst mistake of my life, for I had VOLUNTARILY decreased my sexual sensitivity and pleasure by around I’d say 80% – 90%. To be honest, this made me suicidal as time went by, and angry and sad, and pretty close if I’m honest, to just checking out, because for a guy in his mid twenties to come to terms with the fact he isn’t going to have a good orgasm (if he has one at all) again is pretty hard to take. Circumcision does remove most of the sensations of sex and is one of the worst crimes on earth.
Resident of Maryland – I was born in 1949 in a small town in Mississippi. My father and his four brothers were all intact (not circumcised), and thanks to a sympathetic doctor, I was kept intact too, as was my brother who was born a year later.
The glans of my penis was an exquisitely sensitive portion of that organ covered by moist mucous membrane. Its sensitivity was due to the fact that it was kept under cover and protected except for washing and when I wanted to expose it during sex. My foreskin was used in all kinds of ways during sexual activity, and its inner surface was the most sensitive part of my penis (more sensitive that even the glans). Orgasms were so intense that my knees buckled if I climaxed standing up, and lying down, my body would convulse as wave after wave of ecstatic pleasure rolled over my body from head to toe. Following this period of orgasm (not a single moment but an extended period of orgasm), I definitely understood the slang term of being spent.
When I was 19, I was experiencing the normal adolescent feelings of not fitting in and decided that one way to be like my peers was to make my penis look like theirs (virtually all of my friends were circumcised). So I talked my father, doctor and insurance company into elective circumcision.
Conventional wisdom at the time (which is still around today unfortunately) said that there was no difference between being intact and being circumcised. Common sense should have told me otherwise, but I was young. Following circumcision, the constantly exposed glans dried out and its surface became ordinary skin rather than moist mucous membrane. The surface became calloused rather than delicate, and although the nerves were still there below the surface, the calloused, dry and thicker skin of the glans definitely decreased sensation. In addition, the lack of movable skin on the penis made sexual activity more difficult and usually required the use of lubricant to avoid too much friction.
I married, and sexual intercourse was difficult for my wife and me. We had to make sure that there was enough lubrication to avoid the discomfort of friction for her, but not too much lubrication or I could not have enough glans sensation to reach orgasm easily.
Orgasms were still possible of course, but they were not nearly as intense as when I was intact. I now understand the metaphor: going from intact to circumcised is like going from being able to see in colour to only seeing in black and white. Needless to say I was not happy!
Later, I discovered that non-surgical foreskin restoration was possible. I wrote off for the directions and fashioned home-made devices to restore my foreskin and protect my glans again. My glans has resensitised and become a moist mucous membrane once again. The loose skin (which looks very natural and functions surprisingly naturally too) makes masturbation and intercourse easy and more enjoyable for both myself and my wife.
I tell people on a scale of 1 to 10 that intact, my sex life and sensation was a 10. Circumcised, it was a 3, and restored, it is a 7. I’ll never have a 10 again (only God or nature can design the perfect penis), but a 7 is a lot better than a 3. I have two intact young adult sons who are both grateful they were kept that way.