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Anatomy Guide

Many people who are considering foreskin restoration (and many casual observers as well, for that matter) have often wondered about the terminology used to describe the male sex organ. It is of particular import with restoration, because the methods used often involve specific terminology, and hence, some basic understanding of one's penis and the words used to describe things.

With the kind assistance of others, especially the models featured in the photographs, I have prepared this informational page to illustrate what's what when it comes to the penis.

It's probably worth mentioning that the pictures used to illustrate this page can likely be considered representative of circumcised, natural (i.e., intact or uncircumcised), and restored penises. However, a large natural variation exists in size, shape, pigmentation, and so on among individuals, as is the case with hair color, height, weight, and so on.

From left to right, a natural (i.e., intact or uncircumcised) penis; a circumcised penis; and a circumcised penis after completion of the foreskin restoration process.

Anatomy of an circumcised penis. This individual has recently begun restoration, and is starting to show accumulation of extra skin in the form of "bunched-up" skin above the glans.

A natural or uncircumcised (intact) penis. From left to right, foreskin covering the glans; foreskin retracted on a flaccid penis; close-up of glans covered by foreskin.

Anatomy of the natural penis. Close-up shows a cutaway schematic of the covered glans.

Underside anatomy of the natural penis with the foreskin retracted. Note the frenulum. (The frenulum is not restored by the non-surgical restoration process.)

The foreskin of the natural penis shown previously does not completely cover the glans. In some men, however, the foreskin does extend beyond the glans naturally, or through the process of restoration. This is commonly referred to as "overhang."

Terminology Guide

Here is a guide to the terminology used herein, and some additional important terms as well:

Circumcision scar. The scar left after the healing fusion of shaft skin and inner foreskin. It may differ in pigmentation and/or texture from the surrounding skin.

Corona. The rounded ridge of the glans.

Foreskin. A retractable covering of skin that partially or completely covers the glans in an uncircumcised male. A more technical term is the prepuce. During infant circumcision, most or all of the outer foreskin and much of the inner foreskin is removed. In adult circumcisions, larger portions of the inner and outer foreskin may remain.

Frenar band. Elastic tissue at the tip of the foreskin (between the inner and outer foreskin) that helps contract the tip of the foreskin allow it to remain positioned over the glans.

Frenulum. An elastic band of tissue under the glans that conects to the foreskin and helps contract the foreskin over the glans. It is often partially or totally removed during circumcision.

Glans (or glans penis). The head or tip of the penis.

Overhang. The portion of the foreskin that extends beyond the tip of the glans.

Shaft skin. A part of the penile sheath that covers the shaft up to the foreskin or circumcision scar. During restoration, stimulation of this skin along with remnants of the inner foreskin generates new skin which creates the restored foreskin.

Sulcus. The grooved connection between the glans and the shaft of the penis.

Urethra. The tube through the penis in which urine and semen flow.

Urinary meatus. Opening at the tip of the penis where urine and semen exit the body.


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