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There May Be A Way To Regrow Foreskin Post-Circumcision, Intactivists Everywhere Rejoice

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Well, it’s happening. Science heard the cries of intactivists and unhappily circumcised men everywhere and are now devising a way to regenerate foreskin post-circumcision. I can’t say I understand their fervent pleas, but I guess this is not about my opinion. Medical science is making strides and for that, we should all be glad. Long live science.

From The Daily Mail:

Circumcised men may soon be able to undergo a procedure to re-grow their foreskin.

A U.S. company says it is close to developing a method that will allow men’s foreskins to regenerate – much like a salamander is able to re-grow a limb.

The procedure will help the growing number of men aggrieved about being circumcised before they had the capacity to consent to the procedure.

These men – who call themselves ‘intactivists’ – are becoming increasingly vocal with their outrage at being circumcised.

Aside from the hilarity of comparing dicks to salamanders, it is kind of amazing that this may even be possible. I obviously do not have a penis so I will do my level best not to belittle the feelings of the men who miss their foreskins, but if this is really bothering some of them, then yay? I guess?

Many of them are congregating on forums on websites such as foreskin-restoration.net and circumstitions.com, angry that their foreskins were removed before they were old enough to consent or understand the implications of the procedure.

Many complain that they experience de-sensitivity in the head of the penis and cannot enjoy sex in the same way as their non-circumcised peers.

If that is truly the case, that  there are men experiencing issues with sensation, then I think it is a wonderful thing that science might be able to fix it. I know we all tend to giggle over the nerve endings and the other arguments thrown out by intactivists but if this were an issue a woman complained of, we would probably be sympathetic. I think these men deserve that same respect, even if I do wonder about the veracity of their claims.

In many of the ‘intactivist’ forums, men discuss options and methods of reversing the procedure. There is now a company that may be able to respond to their needs:

Now, one company purports it will soon be able to do just that.

It claims not only to be able to ‘re-grow’ the removed tissue, but it will also be fully functioning, restoring sensitivity.

Foregen, is a US non-profit organisation ‘founded to research and implement regenerative medical therapies for circumcised males’, its website says.

It points to research which found that circumcision leads to loss of sensation in the penis, as well as the potential for psychological damage.

The article goes on to explain that the procedure is still in the research phase and will someday move on to animal and human trials. I hope it works, as it sounds like there is a market for it.

As far as what this means for parents currently debating whether to circumcise their sons, the research still tells us that circumcision is beneficial:

Late last year, the U.S. centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – America’s leading public health organisation, recently issued draft guidelines recommending the procedure for all boys.

Experts there argued that circumcision protects against the risk of urinary tract infections in infants and sexually transmitted diseases in adulthood.

That said, I can see why parents would opt out of it too. It will be interesting to see what this means going forward-if science figures out how to regenerate foreskin and if a lot of men decide to try it. I wonder if that will cause a shift in how parents decide to handle the circumcision decision for their sons? I know I gave it a lot of thought for my son and was torn. In the end, I left it up to my husband and in the interest of preserving both his privacy and my son’s, I will not say what we decided, but I am comfortable with our choice. However, it is nice to know that there is now an option for those who were not happy with having it done as infants. It is their body, they should have a say.

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