It's what you're born with
Aside from little evidence that the foreskin threatens men's health, it is a natural part of the male penis, something that serves a purpose and for this reason does not need to be removed.
"The truth is that the urinary tract is less likely to become infected in infancy if the foreskin is not cut off or prematurely retracted and is allowed to protect the penis as Nature intended," says Nocirc-SA.
Historically, circumcision was introduced in the United States during the Victorian period because it was believed to prevent masturbation. In some ways, this belief may have had some grounding as losing the foreskin means men lose about 10 000 to 20 000 nerve endings which enable men to feel more during sex. This sensitivity is lost when the foreskin is cut away because the glans or penis head is directly exposed.
If that doesn't convince you, how about the fact that infant circumcision is done without consent.
"The human right to bodily integrity supersedes a parent’s right to alter it. The body belongs to the boy, and it's his right and his choice," argues Nocirc-SA. It makes sense that if your child reaches legal age and decides to be circumcised, it's his own decision to alter his body.
While male circumcision may not aim to take away a man's sexual pleasure completely, as female circumcision does, it does serve a similar purpose since it removes such a large amount of potential pleasure. C.J. Fallier wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1979, that "…the fundamental biological sexual act becomes, for the circumcised male, simply the satisfaction of an urge and not the refined sensory experience it was meant to be."
Take it back
Many men who have been circumcised as youngsters opt to restore their foreskin through a non-surgical method which effectively stretches skin on their penis to "recreate" a foreskin. From "tuggers" to silicon rings, steel penile uncircumcising devices to foreballs, all are different ways of bringing about the same results.
Nocirc-SA explains how this occurs: “Foreskin restoration involves similar skin expansion techniques used to create extra skin for burn victims. Skin is put on permanent, gentle tension, and responds by producing extra cells and growing in length.”
Yet, sadly, foreskin restoration does not regain those sensitive nerve endings lost in severing the original foreskin. What it does do is restore a degree of sensitivity that may otherwise not be experienced by a circumcised male.
Parents presented with the option to circumcise their sons should make sure they do the research to make an informed decision. “After our first son’s circumcision I went and did a lot of research about it,” says Langenhoven.
“For me it has become a human rights issue.”
A couple tells their story about their decision to circumcise their first born on this video.