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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.
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.
Medical experts are increasingly divided over whether circumcision should be performed.
While some argue there is a wealth of research showing the health benefits, from a reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases to penile cancer, critics argue circumcision can cause lifelong trauma, diminish sexual satisfaction and put children at risk of lasting physical damage.
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.
RE-GROWING A FORESKIN
Regeneration is carried out by creating an extra-cellular matrix, a ‘skeleton’ for tissue which provides an attachment point for cells and makes human tissue 3D.
This extra-cellular matrix is then seeded with the appropriate layer of cells, in this case, stem cells that will grow into foreskin.
Foregen says it will draw together experts from the field to find a way to make men’s foreskin grow back.
It will start with experiments on animals with a view to progressing to trials on humans.
In 2013, the company had its first 'breakthrough' and was able to 'decellularize' bull foreskins - a process which marks the first step towards re-growing the bull’s foreskin.
An organ donation organisation has now given Foregen the permission to acquire human adult foreskins – and they will carry out the same experiments on these.
So far, while they may be close to regrowing foreskin tissue, it is unclear how they will regenerate peripheral nerves.
Writing on its website, Foregen said: ‘In the short term, we hope to fully regenerate human foreskins.
‘Once we have accomplished that, our goal is to advance onto human clinical trials as soon as it is safe to do so.’
It says the newly grown foreskin will be fully functioning, as the new tissue reintegrates itself in the body.
This means the body recognises it as its own tissue and will not reject it, as is the case for transplanted organs or grafted skin.
Classification of FGM (2008)
Female genital mutilation comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, 1997).
The external genital organs include the mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, Bartholin glands, and clitoris.
originally posted by: truthseeker84
Hygiene is a myth.
Back in the 60's, 50's, 40's, 30's, 20's, where showering wasn't readily available everywhere, circumcision was a blessing. Back then it was primarily a religious and hygiene thing.
But now days, the only time you would infect your foreskin is if you don't like to take daily showers. Which is kind of sick anyway.
I can see why people's mad though. It's not like they had a choice when they were infants. Either Mom and Dad cut you up or they didn't, you didn't really have a say in this I suppose.