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Sex with an Uncircumcised Man?

Columbia University’s Go Ask Alice column reported that in the past fifty years, roughly 56 percent of American male infants have been circumcised. That leaves a lot of men who aren’t, and a lot of women who may be confused about sex with uncircumcised men.

A Men’s Health Magazine columnist, Debby Herbenick, M.P.H., Ph.D. said, "Even if a woman isn't used to uncircumcised men, just as you become familiar with anything in the world, you see it a few times, touch it, and talk to your partner about how [he] wants to be touched."

The difference between a circumcised and uncircumcised penis is simple. Go Ask Alice wrote that the foreskin, which is highly sensitive, surrounds the head (also known as the glans) of the uncircumcised penis like a sleeve.

According to the website, The Frisky, getting to the head means gently pulling down on the foreskin with a thumb and index finger, exposing the glans. When erect it looks like a circumcised penis. However for some uncircumcised men, the foreskin doesn't completely retract when erect.

Go Ask Alice cautioned, as the foreskin is very delicate, it should be handled carefully. If your partner experiences any pain when trying to retract the foreskin, stop!

In Men’s Health, Ian Kerner, Ph.D., a sex therapist and author said, “the foreskin contains nerves, and if you roll it back and forth, it stimulates the frenulum," which is the one of the most sensitive parts of the penis.

An Ezine article asked several women why they believe an uncircumcised penis is better for sex. Many responded it’s easier to masturbate their partner due to foreskin sliding back and forth without restriction. Others said there is greater sensitivity for both male and female and a greater sensation when performing oral sex.

During intercourse, oral sex and masturbation, Go Ask Alice said the retracted foreskin acts like a lubricant or a sleeve. As the penis thrusts, it glides on its own bedding of movable skin, which minimizes friction. The column advised try experimenting.

Since the foreskin is so sensitive, it can be pleasured just like any other sensitive body part. Using the tongue or the fingers to stimulate the foreskin and the head is often extremely pleasurable for men.

iVillage said safer sex can be a concern for uncircumcised men. Sometimes, they have difficulty finding the right condom or keeping one on during penetrative sexual activity. With a proper fit and ample lubrication, that problem can be alleviated.

Men’s Health wrote that whatever the penis situation, sex experts say, make the most of what you have.

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