“A little skin never hurt nobody,” is what my uncircumcised guy friend blurted out one evening at happy hour. He was proud of his intact skin and wasn’t ashamed to tell everyone. Sure, he might have been a little inebriated, but what’s a little foreskin joke among friends?
Unfortunately, not everyone wants a piece of the foreskin action. According to a survey of 1,000 women on AdamandEve.com, over 54 percent of women said they prefer a circumcised penis. Out of the remaining women, 33 percent said they had no preference and 3 percent preferred an uncircumcised guy. The rest, just refused to answer.
In the U.S circumcision has pretty much been the norm, but it’s also on the decline. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released stats showing that only 58 percent of newborn boys in the U.S. were circumcised—down from a high of 65 percent in 1979. Part of the decline could be due to the fact that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) no longer routinely recommend the procedure. And let’s not forget the stories of botched circumcisions.
So what if you come across a man who isn’t circumcised? Do you grimace in disgust, because you have no idea what’s cultivating under that extra skin? Or do you go for the gusto? I mean, it is a breeding ground for the ickies. The foreskin area is highly sensitive and is susceptible to microtears and abrasions.
“The organisms that cause STIs can accumulate under the foreskin of the penis, and this may allow them to survive there longer and reproduce, potentially increasing the risk of infection in that male or his partner,” says Deborah Nucatola, MD, senior director of medical services at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Studies also suggest that the foreskin contains more of the cells that are targeted by the HIV virus
But if you’re having protected sex, use lube to prevent abrasions, pull it back and make sure the penis clean, you shouldn’t have to worry about those germs.
Clutchettes: Do you care if a guy is circumcised or not? Let us know in the comments.