Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Font Size

Penis FAQ

What is the difference between a circumcised and an uncircumcised penis?

The only difference between a circumcised penis and an uncircumcised penis is that the uncircumcised penis still has foreskin. The circumcised penis does not. Other than that, there is no difference. Both penises work and feel the same.

What are some problems with foreskin?

Many uncircumcised guys don't have any problems with foreskin. However, some problems associated with foreskin in uncircumcised guys include:

  • Inflammation or infection of the penis head
  • The foreskin can't be pulled back behind the head of the penis because it is too tight
  • The foreskin, after being pulled back, becomes trapped behind the head of the penis; this is a medical emergency because it can cause permanent damage to the penis. You should see your doctor immediately.
  • A rare condition where scar tissue forms at the tip of the penis, tightening the foreskin around the penis head; this makes it difficult for the foreskin to be pulled back.

If you have any of these problems, see your doctor.

1|2|3

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on December 21, 2013

Today on WebMD

Teen BMI Calculator
fitTOOL
dancing
fitARTICLE
 
Young couple holding hands
QUIZ
teen boy doing pushups
QUIZ
 
teens flirting
ARTICLE
burger and fries
fitGAME
 
Taylor Lautner
ARTICLE
Boy meditating in gym class
fitSLIDESHOW
 
Teen boy eating huge slice of pizza
fitQUIZ
boy looking at wall
ARTICLE
 
teen boy looking at apple
fitSLIDESHOW
boy popping pimple on face
QUIZ