Here are some common questions gay teens have about circumcision.
What is Circumcision?
How Common is Circumcision?
Rates of circumcision differ around the world. Until recently, about 60% of American baby boys were circumcised at birth. Recently, however, that number has dropped significantly. As ABC news reported,
"Though estimates vary between data sources, one CDC presentation put in-hospital neonatal circumcisions (which leaves those done in the Jewish ritual circumcisions) at 32.5 percent in 2009, compared to 56 percent in 2006 and somewhere around 65 percent in the 1980s."
Do Guys Like Cut or Uncut Penises Better?
The question of whether guys prefer a partner with or without foreskin will be different for everyone. It's true that some people have a preference. But it is also true that plenty of gay guys just don't care. Really, there are a lot of things we tend to find sexy in a partner besides just what a guy's penis looks like.
What is the difference Between Cut and Uncut Penises?
Circumcised and uncircumcised penises tend to look a little different. With an uncircumcised penis, you don't see the head of the penis unless the foreskin is pulled back. With a circumcised penis, the head is exposed. Another difference is that guys who have foreskin should make sure their foreskin is retracted when they put on a condom, or wash, and guys without foreskin might want to use additional lubrication during sex play.
Does Circumcision Affect Sexual Pleasure?
A big question from guys is whether being circumcised affects how they feel during sex play. This is a tough question to answer because most people can't do before and after comparisons. The Guide to Sexuality explains, "It’s reasonable to assume that being circumcised would play some part in how you experience sex, but I’d like to propose that there are probably other factors that have a larger impact on the quality of sex you’re having and how much pleasure you and/or your partners get from that sex." Ultimately, it is important to keep in mind that most men have no problem experiencing sexual pleasure whether they are circumcised or not!
Can I Regrow My Foreskin?
In recent years, some circumcised men have attempted "foreskin restoration." If this is something you are concerned about, please consult a medical professional and be very cautious about anything you read online. As the Guide to Gay Life says,
- There are many methods available on the net to restore foreskin; however very few are from certified medical professionals. Be sure to consult a physician before attempting foreskin restoration.
- Foreskin restoration can take from 1-3 years to complete.
- Factors such as available penis shaft skin, frequency of techniques and desired amount of coverage play a role in how long it will take to restore your foreskin.
Can a Teen Get Circumcised?
Unless there is a religious or medical reason for the procedure (say a conversion to Judaism or a foreskin that was difficult to retract), then few doctors would circumcise a teen. However, some adult men do choose to get circumcised. While babies tend to recover from circumcisions quickly, recovering from a circumcision as an adult can be a much longer process.
Gay teens often have a lot of thoughts about circumcision and how it affects everything from their own feelings about their bodies, to their feelings about a partner's penis. There are guys who are circumcised and wish they weren't, and there are those who aren't and wish they were. As one boy wrote on the forum, "I don't think I could live without being circumcised." Others probably feel exactly the opposite!