by Judy Simone
Intaction Research Writer
Wednesday July 22, 2020
Guys are starting to wonder, does circumcision affect penis length or penis size? It’s an interesting question that many men ponder. With circumcision being one of the most commonly performed surgeries, guys are wondering. Does circumcision make you smaller? Am I blessed or cursed with my endowment, or is my lack of penis size a “manmade” issue? Men are visual beings, and many men feel they are either average or maybe (good grief) below average on their manhood. (Or maybe their “hood” is missing !)
Even if you are average, who wants to be average? Just look at all of the “penis enlargement” pills hawked online and on TV. Someone must be buying them, despite the dubious medical claims, otherwise they couldn’t pay for all this advertising. These companies may be tapping into insecurities, but then again some guys just plain got shortchanged. They may think to themselves, what the heck happened to me?
PENIS LENGTH, SIZE, AND BODY IMAGE
A man’s penis size is related to his self esteem and body image. It can affect how he views himself in the world, his confidence, his outlook on his potential suitability to a partner, and can even affect his behavior to others. It can result in emotional feelings sometimes called penis shame.
Given how important penis size is to a vast majority of men, it behooves us to ask the question. Does circumcision prevent penises from reaching their full genetic potential? First off, it seems obvious. When the foreskin is removed one will have less penis. Circumcision will definitely impact girth, because the foreskin wraps around the head and bunches up like an accordion behind the head when erect. Kind of like a stubborn sock you are trying to pull off your foot.
But what else can impact penis size, something that starts in infancy and continues through puberty? Do you lose inches when circumcised, a commonly performed surgery in America? Why can’t people just say “don’t cut it off.”
DOES CIRCUMCISION STUNT GROWTH?
Some experts say that amputation of a body part in infancy can cause the remaining attached tissue and structures to have stunted growth. But how can it be that circumcision affects penis length? How does circumcision make it smaller?
Amputation severs the nerve endings to the affected area. Circumcision causes total severing of the nerves leading from the foreskin due to the stretching, cutting (laceration), and crushing by circumcision devices. This type of neuron death is known as neurotmesis. Neurotmesis results in neural degeneration. Not only are the nerves lost in the foreskin, but the nerves feeding them atrophy and die back to the spine. Without full enervation of the penile tissues as an infant, growth is likely to be stunted. Tissues need nerves functioning as part of the growth process.
However, while intact “uncircumcised”[sic] men can be well hung, there are cut men that have an impressive endowment too. Why didn’t circumcision seem to affect their length?
STUDIES ON PENIS LENGTH
A informal study conducted by Dr. Christopher Fletcher, M.D. found that the adult penises of men circumcised as infants are 8mm (3/8″) shorter than their intact counterparts. Dr. Fletcher is an assistant clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Fletcher’s conclusions arise from a study of men 18 years and older seeking medical care. The vast majority of his subjects had circumcisions soon after birth for non-medical reasons.
While 3/8″ of an inch may not sound like much of a difference, realize that is an average. Some men may experience greater amounts, while some will experience a milder decrease in penile length from circumcision. We don’t know why.