Twenty years ago this week, Lorena Bobbitt horrified and fascinated the world when she used a kitchen knife to sever her husband John Wayne Bobbitt's penis. Today, he says that his wife's bizarre and brutal act changed his life for the better, giving him more opportunities to sleep with women and sparking his porn career.

In 1993, Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband's penis, then ran off and threw it into a field before calling 9-1-1 to report what she did. Officials were able to find the missing member and doctors reattached it, something that Bobbit is ever-grateful for.

"About three weeks after the operation, after the nurses were changing my bandages, I suddenly felt a tingly feeling. It wasn't perfect but it was there," said Bobbitt. "I was so excited I phoned my mother. Bless her, she was so embarrassed! She said, 'Don't tell me - talk to your father about it.'"

Bobbitt says that his penis reattachment surgery was recorded in medical journals. "It's part of history, you know," he said.

Lorena Bobbitt said that she cut off Bobbitt's penis because he abused her, raped her, cheated on her, and forced her to have an abortion. A jury believed that Lorena was a battered wife, finding her not guilty of the crime of malicious wounding in 1994 by reason of insanity.

After the surgery, which Bobbitt says added just under two inches to his length, doctors' prognosis about his sex life was grim. But he was determined to beat the odds.

"The doctors told me I would never be able to have sex again because my injuries were so bad. But I've proved them wrong time and time again," Bobbitt told The Sun. "I believe I've slept with 70 women since the incident. Being the most famous man to have his penis chopped off does have its advantages. It definitely has not hurt my love life - in fact it improved it."

Bobbitt went on to star in pornographic films, with titles including Frankenpenis and John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut. He also married twice after the his divorce from Lorena — one marriage lasted only 23 days and the other lasted two years. He was arrested for assaulting his wife in the latter marriage.

Now, after porn and unsuccessful marriages, Bobbitt says that he's a changed man. He has moved back to his hometown of Niagara Falls, N.Y. and is now an avid church attendee.

"Obviously, I would have preferred not to go through all that pain and suffering," he said. "But being famous for my penis has given me opportunities I could not have ever imagined."