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Home > Health - Child Circumcision > Glossary

Glossary

circumcision
see penile reduction surgery

cyst
a fluid-filled sac. In circumcised boys it often occurs on the glans of the penis because their glans is exposed to abrasion and feces in their diaper.

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)
surgery designed to reduce the sexual activity of females

fold
the end of the intact penis, where the outer skin folds inward and forms the sexually sensitive area of the penis.

foreskin
prepuce, the part of the skin system of the penis covering the glans. The outer skin folds inward at the end of the foreskin. From this fold on to where it joins behind the glans is the sexually sensitive area of the skin system. A circumcised man can test this as follows: In an aroused state, caress the skin downwards, starting from the end of the penis. When your stroke crosses the scar line, note the stark difference in sensitivity.

The amount of sensitive area you have remaining between the scar line and the glans is just a sample of what you had before your circumcision.

This sensitive region is normally much larger and folded inside the foreskin in the intact male, where it is moist and protected from constant stimulation. After circumcision, this region is exposed, dried out, and greatly desensitized.

Circumcision was designed in an attempt to reduce the sexual appetite by reducing the amount of pleasure sexual stimulation could provide you.

frenulum
the connecting tissue under the glans, tying the glans to the foreskin, much as the frenulum of the tongue. The frenulum is the most sexually sensitive area of the penis, comparable with the clitoris in the female, and is removed during male circumcision.

glans
the head of the penis, which like the tongue, has no skin or covering to protect it from drying out when exposed to the air.

hirsute penis
(hairy penis) a condition of circumcised males. The normal penis skin is smooth and free of hair, while the tight skin of an erect circumcised penis pulls pubic hair up onto the shaft of the penis. During intercourse, this haired skin enters the vagina and causes chafing. After intercourse, the hair and hair follicles retain material and the area is difficult to clean.

HGM
Human Genital Mutilation; see FGM and MGM

intact
uncircumcised, unmutilated, uncut

MGM (Male Genital Mutilation)
surgery designed to reduce the sexual activity of males

neonatal
soon after birth, newborn

penile reduction surgery
a medical term for circumcision, referring to the surgical reduction of the sexually sensitive area of the penis; see foreskin

prepuce
see foreskin

restoration
restoring the coverage of the glans through either surgical or non-surgical means; see stretching

scar line
the line where the sexually sensitive skin remaining from the inner fold of the foreskin meets the outer skin on the shaft of the penis following penile reduction surgery

skin bridge
a common complication of circumcision in which part of the remaining skin heals by attaching to the glans, forming a "bridge" of skin

sexophobia
sexophobia is characterized by excessive shame of one's own genitals, disgust and censorship of images of genitals, ascribing evil results to the use of the genitals, defacing of works of art which exhibit the genitals, cutting and other mutilating of the genitals, and the genital torturing of enemies

stitch tunnel
or suture tunnel, a common complication of circumcision in which "tunnels" of skin remain from the sutures. These pockets remain susceptable to infection for the entire life of the mutilation victim.

stretching, stretching device
the practice of (and devices for) the non-surgical restoration of the foreskin through stretching

uncircumcised
intact, uncut, unmutilated


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The Medical Basis for Routine Circumcision
A quest for official medical authorities of the western world that advocate child circumcision. The historical basis of the procedure.

Child Circumcision
Why was it once popular in the US? Why is it in such rapid decline today?

Protect Your Son
How a father discovered, too late, that circumcision is not a good thing.

Jews and Circumcision

The Role of Circumcision in the Islamic World
by Sami Aldeeb

Self-Test for Sexual Sensitivity
How much of your sexual sensitivity has been cut away?

Do Not Promote Circumcision for Cancer Prevention
says the American Cancer Society

Reduction Surgery
Quotes from the medical profession.

Sexual Mutilation
Quotes from internet resources.

Boy's Death Highlights New Dangers of Neonatal Circumcision
Infants experiencing circumcision are more subject to Hypovolemic Shock and Methicillin Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus (MRSA).

Horror Stories
Many live with problems resulting from involuntary circumcision.

The Circumcision Decision
Answers to your questions about infant circumcision.

Care of Intact Boys
Answers to your questions about your young son's personal care.

Listing of Publications and Organizations
Support for parents who want to protect their family from involuntary genital alteration.

Glossary of Related Terms

Uncircumcised
Non-surgical foreskin restoration.

External links:
Circumcision Decision Maker
Avoid a circumcision mistake! Learn more about this permanent decision.

Anatomy and Mechanics of Intercourse
The physical function of the foreskin.
by Geoffrey T. Falk







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