Circumcision is surgery to remove the skin that covers the head of the penis. This is called the foreskin. Your doctor "pushed" the foreskin from the head of the penis and trimmed it off. He or she sewed down the edges using small stitches that will dissolve. Your doctor may have used any one of a number of techniques to do this.
While circumcision rates are declining in the U. Some adults undergo the surgery due to religious or medical reasons. I was born in the U. Before puberty, this difference was definitely on my mind, and I remember asking my dad about the possibility of getting circumcised after infancy. But after growing up and discovering the pleasure of sex with foreskin, I learned to enjoy it.
Snip snip. Photo by Phalinn Ooi. Thanks to my hippie parents, I was never circumcised , even though I grew up in the Midwest, where circumcision is the de facto norm.
Back to Health A to Z. The foreskin is the retractable fold of skin that covers the end of the penis. It's a continuation of the skin that covers the whole penis. Read about circumcision for medical reasons in boys. But alternative treatments, such as topical steroids , are sometimes preferred.