The following images are for the benefit of US women and others who have never seen an intact penis erect. (Because they were made for erotic purposes, they show penises that are rather bigger than average.)
An intact penis does not have to be erect for the foreskin to retract and stay retracted:
|Intact || |
|Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.|
Further down this page are pictures of erect penises. Do not scroll down unless that is what you want to see.
On erection, the foreskin does not always retract completely by itself. It can usually (but not always) be passively retracted the rest of the way.
It is commonly said that circumcised and intact penises look just the same when erect.
|Anyone would think this penis was circumcised...|
|Click on the thumbnails |
to see larger images.
|...if its owner didn't hold the skin |
forward as well as back.
Even without that clue, there are several visible differences:
|The intact foreskin commonly falls into folds behind the glans, exposing the ridged band, which joins the glans at the frenulum...
||...while circumcision removes the folds to a greater or lesser extent. It always removes most of the ridged band ...
... and may remove ridged band, frenulum and all.
Circumcision with a PlastibellTM may add a dark ring, where the skin went necrotic (dead):
|The intact glans is glossier and more purple,
||not having been keratinised by exposure.
|Covered, the glans remains soft.|| The exposed glans becomes dry and rough.|
The line of this circumcision is also uneven.
Circumcision reportedly shortens the penis -
but not this much.
Circumcision disrupts the outer blood vessels of the shaft:
- and inevitably removes all the veins of the foreskin itself:
Not just "a flap of skin"!
Thanks to VD in Paris who has sent these four pictures of his intact penis "average in both size and shape" for comparison. (Click on each thumbnail to see an enlargement.)
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