I've read through this whole thread and I'm going to respond to several people's concerns without quoting them. I started tugging in 2001 and I've helped over 9000 men restore, so I wouldn't be bragging to say I have some expertise. My recent TIME interview on restoration:http://www.time.com/time/health/arti...679981,00.html
>> The glans isn't the most sensitive part anyway <<
Indeed. The biggest improvement since I restored is the awesome feeling of mobile slack skin. My wife loves it for intercourse. For foreplay it lets her work on me without any risk of rubbing me raw/numb.
The next most significant change is the special new "itch" that the skin between the scar and the glans now has. This skin was mucosal inner foreskin before I was cut at birth, and now that it's protected (it faces in all the time), it's like I'm seeing in newly-invented colors. Glans sensitivity really is not significant. The type of subcutaneous nerve endings within the glans are responsible for pain perception, not pleasure.
>> restoration is a huge undertaking <<
Nah! It can be as simple as wearing a comfortable tapeless skin retainer; less effort than when a man pulls his underwear on. The only lifestyle change is using a stall to urinate instead of a urinal, and even that's optional.
>> there will be pain <<
Only if you're doing it wrong. Persistant gentle tension will cause up to an inch of new skin per year to grow. Sometimes tapes or a device can get out of adjustment (because the skin is in flux due to temperature changes and stuff) and there might be a mild pinching or just plain strange sensation until he can get to some privacy and re-adjust.
>> It's surgical <<
NO! Surgery is a terrible idea for anyone who has enough slack to start non-surgically. I've met over a dozen surgical restorers. Only one was happy with the result. Typically, surgery leaves you with more numb incision lines, hairy foreskin that's thicker than shaft skin, not much slack, and ultra tight scrotum (most techniques borrow scrotal skin).
>> he doesn't want to be taped <<
99% of cut men can start with a tapeless method or switch after less than 3 months of taping.
>> with condoms, the slack foreskin has no gliding action? <<
That has not been my experience. With a condom, the condom-covered skin acts just like the slinky skin does otherwise. Note I don't have a fenulum, so intact guys may have a different story.
>> an unrestored cut man doesn't feel, goes for too long, is too rough <<
That WAS my experience. I've been scolded for getting too explicit here before, but I'll try to be clinical. Before restoring, I could go for way longer than my wife wanted. She would climax several times and if I really concentrated I could finish. Now, if I concentrate on her I can go as long as she likes, but the thing is that it's so wonderful the whole time, I'm in no hurry to get to the big finish. I focus a lot more on using my hands and other resources for her. We are both having the best sex of our lives in our mid-40s. Oddly, while I could never climax from oral stimulation before restoring, I could finish from just one of her fingers tickling my frenular area for a long time with no lube. We haven't discovered a comparable mode during intercourse.
>> did men's partner's persuade them to restore? <<
Mine thought I was crazy (until we stopped laughing and I explained why I was serious).
>> what's the lowest-effort method? <<
Skin retaining (without inducing much growth) is utterly effortless. Men use o-rings from the hardware store, or a specially designed silicone cone, or just a cut-up baby bottle nipple. The inner skin and glans will get more supple and sensitive in a matter of weeks, and some slackening will occur, especially if he manages to sleep with the skin retained (due to the stretching of nocturnal erections).
>> Is there a wives' resource? <<
Today I will add a wives/partners section to the restorers' forum I moderate:http://Foreskin-Restoration.net/forum
>> >> Nobody raised the objection that a cut guy might not want to smell like an intact man, or have smegma.
I would just say that he will never see smegma if he rinses with clear water daily in the shower. I do get a faint sweet musky aroma that is much milder than any female scent I've encountered, and my wife swears she can't taste anything. I never notice it unless I'm camping or something and have to skip showering for a day.
Restoration is very worthwhile, but I guess I can understand a guy not wanting to admit there's room for improvement.