"I had the feeling they couldn't wait to be the first to ‘try it.’…Sex has been wonderful, both in terms of sensation and not worrying in the back of my mind that I could experience pain or discomfort." “I do miss having an uncircumcised penis, because it was more unusual and unique in a way," he adds."The breaking point was when I felt deterred from having sex," says Sam.Last summer, in his late 30s, Sam was circumcised; like James, he was awake during the procedure.“Now there’s more feeling of the vagina during intercourse, instead of the foreskin sliding back and forth over the head,” says James.For some men, circumcision actually reduces pain and increases pleasure during sex.
“I was surprised and heartened by the genuine support I received from women who knew I had the procedure," he says.
Post-surgery swelling lasted about eight weeks, and there was discomfort as he got used to the head of his penis being exposed to clothes.
“It was surreal, to some degree, because I was an adult male getting used to having a 'new' penis," he says.
But the sexual experiences of men who were circumcised as adults could shed light on the ongoing debate around circumcision.
The heated debate around whether or not circumcision is necessary hinges on two arguments.
Pro-circumcision groups also argue that the surgery is painful and risky, and boys should be able to make their own choice later in life.