By Kenya Today Guest Blogger
When a friend of mine got circumcised a few months ago, he was okay but after some months, he started seeing the effects. His penis is not as long as it used to be, he lost some 2 to 4 inches. He has pubic hair on his penis. He has lost 40% of male sensitivity and virility; he has to use 50g of lubes to burst a nut.
Those who believe that circumcision is cure or prevention of HIV are cheated by cultured circumcised doctors who hide themselves behind traditions to perpetuate their unfounded believes. The sooner the vaccine will be out, the most the regrets.
For procreation to occur, the normally flaccid penis must become erect. As it changes from flaccidity to rigidity, the penis increases in length about 50 percent. As it elongates, the double fold of skin (foreskin) provides the skin necessary for full expansion of the penile shaft. But microscopic examination reveals that the foreskin is more than just penile skin necessary for a natural erection; it is specialized tissue, richly supplied with blood vessels, highly innervated, and uniquely endowed with stretch receptors.
These attributes of the foreskin contribute significantly to the sexual response of the intact male. The complex tissue of the foreskin responds to stimulation during sexual activity. Stretching of the foreskin over the glans penis activates preputial nerve endings, enhances sexual excitability, and contributes to the male ejaculatory reflex. Besides the neurological role of the preputial tissue, the mucosal surface of the inner lining of the foreskin has a specific function during masturbation or sexual relations.
During masturbation, the mucosal surface of the foreskin rolls back and forth across the mucosal surface of the glans penis, providing nontraumatic sexual stimulation. During heterosexual activity, the mucosal surfaces of the glans penis and foreskin move back and forth across the mucosal surfaces of the labia and vagina, providing nontraumatic sexual stimulation of both male and female.
When normal, sexually functioning tissue is removed, sexual functioning is also altered. Changes of the penis that occur with circumcision have been documented. These may vary according to the procedure used and the age at which the circumcision was performed, nevertheless penile changes will inevitably occur following circumcision.
Circumcision performed in the newborn period traumatically interrupts the natural separation of the foreskin from the glans that normally occurs somewhere between birth and age 18. The raw, exposed glans penis heals in a process that measurably thickens the surface of the glans and results in desensitization of the head of the penis.
When circumcision is performed after the normal separation of the foreskin from the glans, the damage done by forcible separation of these two parts of the penis is avoided, but the glans must still thicken in order to protect itself from constant chafing and abrasion by clothing.
The thickened, drier tissue covering the glans of the circumcised penis may necessitate the use of synthetic lubricants to facilitate nontraumatic sexual intercourse.
Often, it is erroneously considered the woman’s lack of lubrication that makes intercourse painful rather than the lack of natural male lubrication, which is more likely the cause. During masturbation, the circumcised male must use his hands for direct stimulation of the glans, and this may require synthetic lubrication as well.
In addition to the predictable physical changes that occur with circumcision, there are inherent risks and potential complications from the surgery. These include, but are not limited to, hemorrhage, infection, surgical damage and, while rare, death. Surgical damage and healing complications can result in extensive scarring, skin bridging, curvature of the penis, and deformities of the glans penis and urethral meatus (urinary opening).
Extreme mutilations have resulted from inappropriate electrocautery use in circumcision, causing loss of the entire penis. Sex-change operations have been used as a “remedy” for this iatrogenic condition.
While circumcision has potential risks and alters normal, sexual functioning of the penis, proponents of the practice consider it to confer many “prophylactic” benefits on the recipient. This rationale was initiated in the English-speaking countries during the 19th century when the etiology of diseases was unknown. At that time, circumcision evolved from a religious ritual or puberty rite into routine surgery for “health” reasons.
I am glad that so many circumcised men are as satisfied with their penises as I am with mine. I am also glad that their partners are equally pleased.
Circumcised men have less sexual sensitivity given the foreskin is significantly more highly innervated than the rest of the shaft. In my experience, the foreskin itself is the source of by far the most genital sensation and pleasure.
One important function is protecting the glans the way the eyelid protects the eye; in the absence of a foreskin, the glans becomes keratinized from rubbing against clothing and is much less sensitive. Another important function that the foreskin provides an erotogenic (good feeling!) gliding sheath over the shaft, reducing loss of lubrication and decreasing the friction that can decrease pleasure for both partners .
In infants, the foreskin is adhered to the glans, like a fingernail, and so before it is cut off, it must be separated. One can imagine this is extremely painful and leaves the glans exposed before it is mature enough for the foreskin to separate on its own, usually during early childhood.
Additionally, I have both read about and personally known individuals with complications resulting from circumcision and, though very rarely, sometime even death can result from excessive blood loss or infection.
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The intact penis is naturally clean.The common view of most Kenyans of the penis or the foreskin as “dirty” is unscientific and irrational.
The immunological functions of the foreskin and the self-cleansing functions of the penis protect the body from harm.Every time a genitally intact male urinates,the urine stream flushes out the urethra and foreskin of foreign microbes that may have strayed inside.
In healthy individuals,urine is sterile and has a disinfectant quality.Researchers have demonstrated that the swirling action of urine as it rushes through the foreskin flushes it out effortlessly and naturally.This function is especially efficient when the foreskin is long and the preputial orifice is narrow.
Though urine passes through the foreskin everyday,the inner foreskin is remarkably free from urea-a by-product of liver metabolism that is secreted in the urine.Studies demonsrate that washings from the foreskin are rich in fructose,acid phosphatase and mucin,but never urea.It appears that the secretions of seminal vesicles,prostate,and urethral mucous glands,collectively or individually keep the foreskin clear and clean as well.
These self-cleansing functions of the penis are analogous to the self-cleansing functions of the eye,which similarly maintains it’s cleanliness through fluid washings(tears) and mucous secretions.Therefore,you never need to worry about the foreskin being “unclean. (Citation: Nairobi Circumcision Resources)
This article responds to the increased debate on circumcision in Kenya as more of socio-political construction of the communities that circumcise against those which traditionally do not as means to win political power using this culturally divisive issue. Former media personally kicked the storm in her candid opinion published here.