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I’m not circumcised, is there anything special I need to do for my sexual health if I have an uncircumcised penis? Also, I’m afraid that when I have sex, my partner will be grossed out. What can I do?

A guy with an uncircumcised penis should clean under the foreskin to prevent infection and keep the skin moving freely over the head of the penis.

Sometimes, the foreskin will roll back naturally. If not, then you should pull it back away from the head of the penis to wash under it. If there’s any pain when pulling back the foreskin, see a doctor. Sometimes, uncircumcised penises get adhesions—places where the foreskin is stuck to the penis—but they’re easily treated.

Until recently, most baby boys in the U.S. were circumcised, usually just days after birth. In some cases, circumcision is performed during a religious ceremony. Circumcision, when not done for religious reasons, historically happened commonly because many believed that it kept the penis cleaner. Now, circumcision is less common. In many countries, the majority of guys aren’t circumcised. The point is that everyone is different.

Lots of guys worry about how their partners will react to their penis, whether they are circumcised or uncircumcised. Whether you’re circumcised or uncircumcised, it’s just another part of what makes your body unique. The right partner will accept you—and all your body parts—just the way you are.

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