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Uncircumcised human penis.jpg
A penis with the foreskin covering the glans.
Precursor Genital tubercle, Urogenital folds
Artery Dorsal artery of the penis
Vein Superficial dorsal vein of the penis
Nerve Dorsal nerve of the penis
Latin prepucium, præputium
MeSH D052816
TA A09.4.01.011
FMA 19639
Anatomical terminology

The foreskin is a fold of skin that covers the glans penis when the penis is uncircumcised. Most mammals have foreskin.

Human foreskin[change | change source]

The outside of the foreskin is like normal skin but the inside of the foreskin is a membrane like the inside of an eyelid or mouth. The foreskin is attached to the penis by the frenulum, but it can move. Muscles made it very stretchy.[1] The five most sensitive areas of the penis are on the foreskin.[2]

Use[change | change source]

The World Health Organization say that there are lots of uses for the foreskin, such as keeping the glans penis moist, protecting it or to make sexual intercourse feel nicer since it has so many nerves in it.[3] The removal of the foreskin, the circumcision, reduces diseases.

However, Moses and Bailey (1998), say that "it has not been demonstrated that [the foreskin] is associated with increased male sexual pleasure."[4]

Circumcision[change | change source]

Circumcision is when the foreskin is cut off. It is done to satisfy medical, religious and aesthetic views. Circumcision reduces disease, though most medical associations agree the benefits are small (see Circumcision#Policies of various national medical associations). The foreskin can also be pierced or slit for fashion reasons.[5]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Lakshmanan, S; Prakash, S (1980). "Human prepuce - structure & function". Indian J Surg 44: 134–7. 
  2. Sorrels, Morris; James L. Snyder, Mark D. Reiss, Christopher Eden, Marilyn F. Milos, Norma Wilcox and Robert S. Van Howe. (2007). "Fine-touch pressure thresholds in the adult penis". Bjuinternational 99: 864–869. 
  3. "Male circumcision: Global trends and determinants of prevalence, safety and acceptability". World Health Organization. 
  4. Moses S; Bailey RC, Ronald AR (1998). "Male circumcision: assessment of health benefits and risks". Sexually Transmitted Infections Vol 74 (Issue 5): 368–373. Retrieved 2007-04-28. "There is indirect evidence suggesting that the foreskin may have an important sensory function, although aside from anecdotal reports, it has not been demonstrated that this is associated with increased male sexual pleasure.". 
  5. eMedicine - Paraphimosis : Article by Jong M Choe, MD, FACS

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