Circumcision: what difference does it make?

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Circumcision is an operation that can be carried out for several reasons: religious, cultural or even medical. In each of these cases, the procedure is the same: it relates to the removal of the foreskin, that is the piece of skin that covers the penis. So does this common procedure have consequences for men? 

A few changes in the bedroom

According to many specialists, the absence or presence of the foreskin doesn’t have any effect on penetrative sex. Although there are very few studies which deal with the issue, circumcision has no impact on this kind of sexual activity. That said, it can have an effect on masturbation. In fact, for a penis that still has a foreskin, masturbation is easier, thanks to the extra skin that facilitates a sliding movement. Yet for a man who is circumcised, a lubricant may be necessary because of the lack of moisture that goes with the absence of a foreskin.

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But also in daily life

Outside of that, being circumcised can also be a very good thing. In fact, it can greatly reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections and diseases, including HIV. This is another reason that the procedure is becoming more and more common in certain African countries.

It is also said that a circumcised penis is more hygienic than an uncircumcised one. This is in fact completely false, because circumcised or not, the penis needs to be washed well to be really clean. For uncircumcised men, ensuring good hygiene could be a little more tedious and require more care and attention. It is only if men don’t attend to their hygiene needs that it becomes less hygienic, as if the penis is never cleaned properly, it can be susceptible to infections.