Sex Pod: foreskin fact and fiction

This week, Ophir came in to ask Sex Pod for the low-down on circumcised penises, and whether they’re actually more sensual in the sack.

“Does circumcision make sex more pleasurable for a woman?” she asked. And we’re glad she did.

Circumcision is the procedure of removing the foreskin from the penis, and it’s not uncommon – it’s popular among many cultures and religions, though it’s often done for medical reasons too.

But what does being circumcised actually mean for the man? And what, more importantly in Ophir’s eyes, does it mean for the woman having sex with him?

What is the foreskin?

The foreskin is the double layered fold of skin that covers the penis, but that can be pulled back to uncover its head.

The fact that circumcision is widely practiced suggests that the foreskin is not an absolutely necessary part of the penis. So what is it actually for?

The foreskin is largely protective – it stops the glans (the rounded tip of the penis, and the most sensitive part) from rubbing against clothing or getting damaged. BUT it also contains a lot of nerve receptors so can provide extra pleasure.

What are the differences between a circumcised and an uncircumcised penis?

A penis that has been circumcised will need more lubrication during foreplay, whereas an uncircumcised penis already has natural lubrication.

Some men who are circumcised can also be less sensitive during sex due to the fact that the penis no longer has a protective layer (the foreskin) and has had to toughen up to protect itself.

What do women prefer?

Ok, so a penis without a foreskin looks different to one with a foreskin.

And Ophir told Sex Pod that she prefers circumcised penises to look at, describing them as “prettier” and seemingly “cleaner” than when they are uncircumcised, though she did admit that the idea that one is cleaner than the other was probably psychological.

Generally, though, no size fits all! While some women may prefer the idea of a circumcised penis, others may not like it at all, it just depends on the person and, often, that persons’ culture or upbringing.

Sex Pod sexpert Rebecca Dakin said she didn’t think there was any difference on the receiving end for women having sex with an uncircumcised or circumcised penis.

So there you have it! The only real difference for women is aesthetic, as sex for her stays largely the same – it really is all down to what tickles her fancy…

Until next week Sex Pod-ers!