In December of 2005, I was speaking to a friend at a restaurant in Central America. He brought up the topic of circumcision and how it reduced the sexual pleasure in a man. I did not say anything, because I was unable to confirm or deny his statement. So I decided that I would return to the United States and do research on the topic.
In the meantime, I became very worried. Was it true? Was my penis desensitized?
The Internet was relatively new at that time. But still, there was a plethora of information on the topic of circumcision. Much of the information was conflicting. However, it was generally divided into two different opinions from men:
1.) Circumcised religious man, defending the process
2.) Circumcised secular American man, defending the process
3.) Man who was circumcised as an adult due to a tight foreskin, defending the process
1.) Man who was circumcised as an adult because of social pressure, now bemoaning the loss of sensation
2.) Uncircumcised man (usually European) who could not believe anyone would want to cut their penis
My research led me to a theory; in a healthy man, circumcision leads to a loss of sexual pleasure.
Now what to do about it…I continued in my research until I found out about foreskin restoration. It sounded awkward and uncomfortable, but I decided to give it a try. What did I have to lose?
Step 1: Creating Loose Skin
Most American men have what is called a “tight” circumcision. That means there is little mobile skin on the penis. I was in that camp. So I used a film container, along with medical tape, to gently pull the shaft skin forward. It was an arduous process, often resulting in cuts and bruises. However, after several months I was able to loosen the skin a bit.
Around two months in, something strange happened. I began to feel more sensation on my penis: a light tingling feeling. Masturbation was more pleasurable. I had the little “hint” I needed that my thesis was correct. I doubled down on my efforts and became more committed to restoring my foreskin.
Note: There is actually a scientific reason behind the change in sensation. When a man is circumcised, a layer of skin grows over the exposed penis to protect it (termed keratinization). When the penis is covered again, the dead skin falls off and exposes the nerves that had been buried underneath (referred to as dekeratinization).
Step 2: Use a TLC Tugger
Next, I bought a TLC Tugger; this was the most popular foreskin restoration device on the market. It was made by Ron Low, a man that’s a pioneer/advocate in the foreskin restoration field. He is to foreskin restoration what Steve Jobs is to the iPhone.
The tugger is a clamp-style device that gently stretches the foreskin; it should be noted that what I was stretching was actually shaft skin, since there is no replacing the actual foreskin. The clamp is place on the penis, and then a strap goes around your leg (or over your shoulder). This causes a gentle pull on the shaft skin, moving it slowly forward. Note that skin is malleable; for example, you grow more skin when you gain weight. So conceptually, this same thing is being done to the shaft skin.
This process lasted for about two years. I just continued in my daily activities, leaving the TLC on to do its thing. I went to work, mailed the bills, did my laundry, etc. I tried to forget that I had a Medieval contraption hanging from my genitals. I quickly realized that if I concentrated on it that I would become overwhelmed with negative emotion. So I pushed that out of my mind and stayed committed to the goal.
My payday happened one day in 2007. I was receiving oral sex from a girlfriend when lighting bolts went shooting through my body. Ding!!! Ding!! Ding!! Hello…what do we have here?
I had reached the promised land: there was enough slack skin to roll over the newly sensitized penis. In short, my fake foreskin was recreating the job of an actual foreskin – a skin tube rolling over highly sensitized nerve endings. I was home!
From that day forward, it’s been Disneyland in my pants. Prior to my restoration, I had some great experiences – or so I thought. In hindsight, they were all experiences that centered around HER pleasure: “Boy, I really made her cum last night,” etc. But now there was a profound difference; the experiences I was having were mine. And they were damn good.
Ironically, the more pleasure I started having, the more that my partners began to have. They could sense my pleasure and this made them more excited. There is an interconnected aspect to sexual intercourse, and having genitals that function correctly is an integral part of this.
Step 3: Continue Manual Tugging
There was one drawback to the new foreskin. At times, it would not “hold” in place. This was often due to a change in weather. So I had to continually tug it back over the glans (head). This has become, even to this day, a kind of daily exercise.
As it turns out, there is a muscle in the foreskin that holds it in place. So when you restore your foreskin (which is essentially shaft skin) you do not have this muscle. So you periodically have to push your faux foreskin back into place. The solution is to do around 1,000 stretchces a day, or to periodically wear a band aid to keep the foreskin in place.
This photo provides a general idea of the goal:
Everyday, I thank God I was born in the this era. Thanks to the internet, I was able to improve my sexual experiences. I thought that sex was good before. Sure, it was good…but not like this. Now it is on another level entirely.
Before I was watching television in black and white; now it’s in technicolor.