To Be (Circumcised) or Not To Be (Circumcised)?
Is circumcision a good idea or a bad one?
According to Mehmet Oz, MD -- RealAge medical adviser and health expert for The Oprah Winfrey Show -- it's both. Here is his 411 on foreskin.
Whether or not a man is circumcised is a highly debated issue, but some studies show that circumcision may cut the rate of sexually transmitted disease by up to half -- both the rate at which men acquire a sexually transmitted disease and the rate at which they transmit one.
On the other hand, the penis is fairly packed with nerves, and some of the most sensitive are located in the foreskin. Obviously, men who've been circumcised don't know what they might be missing with a sheath-free sword. But there is some speculation that sexual experiences do feel different for both men and women when a foreskin is present. And some men report decreased sexual pleasure without one.
At any rate, regardless of how much skin you have down below, you might be thinking, "Works for me!"
Having unsafe sex can make your RealAge 5 to 8 years older.