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DayLink Friday, September 6, 2002

One of my fine readers from India has sent me the following group of questions. [This has been edited for spelling, syntax, and to remove the identity of the author.]

I am from India. I am 25 years old. I have no experience of intercourse yet. I am going to marry within 6 months. I am not circumcised as circumcision is not common in india.

My problem is that my foreskin covers the total penis glans when the penis is in erect state and not a small portion of the penis glans is visible at erect state. But I can easily retract the foreskin to expose the glans totally.

My question are:

Q. My penis glans is fully covered by foreskin when my penis is erected state -is it natural/common to all uncut men?

A. Yes of course this is natural. How much exactly the foreskin retracts is a completely individual thing. Some men, like you have a foreskin that retracts very little whereas others have foreskins which retract completely. How common is it? I can't think of any study where scientists have measured the foreskin retraction among aroused males in large enough numbers to give you any idea of what exactly constitutes normal. It sounds to me as though you are completely normal. Why, well I'll get to that in a future answer.

Q. Do I have excess foreskin than other uncut man?

See answer above. The average foreskin is about 15 square inches of tissue. This means there is a lot of room for error when it comes to the actual retraction of the foreskin. Many guys like you can have their foreskin still fully covering the glans even when fully erect.

Q. If I have extra skin, will it create problems during intercourse?

A. Not at all. The foreskin plays a vital role in sexual intercourse. You can only benefit by your foresking unless it either causes you pain to retract the foreskin or if you fail to keep it clean. You've already said you have no problem retracting it. And we both know you are conscientious since you made the effort to seek out an answer to your questions so I'm confident you'll be fine.

Q. Do you feel circumcision will be better option for me?

A. Absolutely not.

Q. If circumcision better option for me than which type of circumcision Is more advantageous-tigh full circumcision / loose full circumcision / partial circumcision?

A. I think you need to ask yourself why you are so concerned about this. You don't seem to have any problems with your foreskin. Perhaps you are nervous about your upcoming wedding? Hopefully your fiance is becoming your wife because of the person you are and not because of the penis you have. If you find that my advice and concerns don't meet your concern then you should seek the advise of a doctor. Remember that this is a touchy subject among many so you will be best served by getting as many different viewpoints as possible.

Good luck with your marriage. I wish you and your fiance the best!

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