Head, Heart and Balls
Written by a man who has restored his foreskin...
If you lost your foreskin through circumcision and wondered what it would be like to have one, you should know that you don't have to wonder any longer! If you don't know what you have been missing, here is your chance to discover the benefits of having a protective foreskin.
That is because you can regain your foreskin through non-surgical foreskin restoration. While I now enjoy the benefits of a restored foreskin, it was quite a shock to me the day I found out what damage my normal " successful" circumcision had done.
When I was just hours old, I was forcibly strapped into a straight-jacket called a " circumstraint" , and my foreskin was destroyed for " medical" reasons, crushed in a gomco clamp or other circumcision device, without anesthesia. This has been routine procedure for newborn boys in the USA over the past 100 years or so, only beginning to abate in recent years.
The newborn circumcision rate in the USA has dropped from about 90% in the early 1970's to just over 50% today. But, like most boys born in the mid 1900's, I was victim to the procedure, with medical " benefits" that never did exist.
Except in very rare cases of penile abnormality, every human male is born with a foreskin. By puberty, the foreskin becomes mobile over the glans. so that it covers and protects the head of the penis when flaccid, and slides back to expose the glans when the penis becomes erect.
Circumcision removes this protective sheath, with its most sensitive inner surface, leaving the glans exposed at all times. If your glans is normally covered by this skin sheath, you have a foreskin. If the glans of your penis is always bare, then you have no foreskin. If you want to know the many benefits of the foreskin, visit foreskin function.
I didn't realize that there was any connection with problems I had with my penis and my neonatal circumcision until I entered my 50's, and my problems got worse. I was always slow to reach climax, but it got to where my already low sensitivity diminished to the point that I was having problems reaching climax at all. Also I had had lifelong problems of painful rubbing of my naked glans on my underwear (especially doing sports), and extremely tight skin during an erection.
Turns out that my circumcision was very tight, removing all the foreskin, and probably 90% of the most sensitive and erogenous nerves in my body. What a blow when I learned this...it was taken from me as a vulnerable 2-day old, without my permission!
Then began my search to try to undo some of the damage that had been done, and to alleviate my problems. That was when my urologist informed me about foreskin restoration. I do have to say that foreskin restoration can't bring back all those nerves that were destroyed, but it definitely helped restore some of the functionality of my penis, and protect the sensitive areas remaining.
Now my sensitivity is significantly improved, I have plenty of skin when I have an erection, and I never have painful rubbing of my glans on my underwear, even in heavy exercise. My most sensitive parts are always protected like a little cocoon by my foreskin.
" Non-surgical restoration" is accomplished by stretching the remaining sheath skin over the front of the penis, so that over time new skin actually grows to form an elongated tube of skin, capable of covering the glans when flaccid, just like a natural foreskin. Foreskin restoration has become popular in the past 15 years, especially in the USA, where most men have been circumcised.
The penile skin is, in effect, a tube of tissue covering the internal cylindrical shape of the penile shaft. The skin tube is attached at both ends, from the base of the penis (adjoining the body), to the end of the penis just under the glans, or head. Between the attached ends, the penile skin is not connected to the underlying structure.
It is therefore mobile and floats over the enclosed shaft much like the eyelid floats over the eye. The skin tube in its natural shape is normally longer than the internal shaft it covers, and extends forward of the glans as the foreskin.
Foreskin restoration methods seek to tension the skin along the length of the penis in order to lengthen the foreskin. The most common methods of " tugging" involve taping a weight or elastic strap to the shaft skin of the penis to pull downward and stretch the foreskin, but can be as simple as pulling the shaft skin over the glans and taping it in place. I used all of these methods during my foreskin restoration.
If you had never heard of foreskin restoration, it might seem bizarre to hear that men are doing this. However, the concept of foreskin restoration is actually thousands of years old. The idea actually originated some two millennia ago, when Jewish athletes who had been circumcised pulled their remaining foreskin over the glans and tied it there to be able to compete in the original Olympics.
The original Olympics were a nude, male only event, and an exposed glans was considered indecent for competitors, with its implications of sexual arousal.
Today, reasons for foreskin restoration include low sensitivity of the penis, discomfort from the rubbing of the naked glans on underwear, discomfort from very tight shaft skin when erect, or perhaps simply a feeling of being incomplete without all the original body parts. Today, there are thousands of men who are actively restoring or have completed their restoration.
There are numerous networking and support groups for restorers, as well as other printed and web-based resources . Unfortunately, if you ask your doctor about it, he may never have even heard of it. He may well tell you that it cannot be done, or that it will make no difference to sexual function, or that it cannot improve sensitivity.
And in the USA the chances are high that a doctor was himself circumcised just after birth, so he may never have considered, much less felt, the advantages of a foreskin.
Probably the best resource for getting started is the book “The Joy of Uncircumcising”. Although this book is out of print, it is available in libraries, through restoration web sites and on eBay, and a downloadable " PDF" version is available through the National Organization of Restoring Men (NORM). Many of the ideas in the book are available on the internet, when making a search for " foreskin restoration" , but a good place to start is with the NORM web site: norm.org.
The time required for a final result varies for many reasons. It depends on the tightness of the circumcision, the stretch-ability of the skin, the age and physical condition of the individual, and the stretching methods used. Foreskin restoration generates a foreskin which will provide a protective sheath over the glans and remnants of the original inner foreskin, and it allows these areas to return to thinner, more sensitive mucosal tissue.
As noted earlier, it cannot restore all the nerves, the blood vessels, the sensitive frenulum and the sensitive inner ridged band of the original intact foreskin. Nevertheless, with rare exceptions, men who have completed their foreskin restoration are pleased with the result. In fact, I have never spoken with a man who has completed restoration and says he wishes he hadn't done it.
For most men the process of growing a foreskin takes about 2-3 years, and some accomplish it in as little as 12 months. For me, it took longer than most men - about 6 years - since I had a very tight circumcision to start with, and skin that doesn't stretch very quickly. So you might ask - was it really worth it?
Yes! I'd do it all over again if I had to. It does take time and patience, but eventually you get results.
Although it took me a long time, my gains were greater than I expected when I started the process: improved sensitivity, protection from rubbing of the naked glans especially during athletic activity, and less skin tension which results in more comfort on the penis and scrotum during erections and sexual activity. I just wish I'd started as a teenager... except that foreskin restoration was unheard of at that time!
You also will need the support and understanding of your partner, since sex can definitely lose its spontaneity during restoring. On the other hand, if restoring is too much of an inconvenience, you can always discontinue it until it is more convenient. That simply extends the time to get results.
My experience, as other restored men attest, is that sex is most certainly better after restoration than before. You will find that during intercourse, you can thrust much more gently to get the same stimulation, and a foreskin also makes it more comfortable for your partner.
In fact, sometimes even just undulating your hips will provide enough vaginal stimulation on the penis. Many restored guys find they can masturbate through the foreskin, by stroking up and down on the outside of the foreskin, being stimulated simply by the pressure and interaction of the inner foreskin and glans, with no lubricant required!
So there it is...an introduction to foreskin
restoration! If you want to read my story in detail and see my pictures
before, during and after restoration, visit
The-penis.com where you'll find Dave's
personal story about foreskin restoration and a
listing of helpful web sites, restoration support groups, and other resources
for restorers. Sex Positions If you want to know about the best ways to make love, there are several
great sites we recommend. One of the oldest and best
has been around for a while, written by two experts in the field of human
relationships. It has lots of factual and responsibly presented
information, including much
information on different sex
If you want to know about the best ways to make love, there are several great sites we recommend. One of the oldest and best has been around for a while, written by two experts in the field of human relationships. It has lots of factual and responsibly presented information, including much information on different sex positions.
Other pages on the penis and sex