What is Circumcision?
In circumcision, the foreskin that covers the head of the penis is cut off with a knife. Circumcision is an old custom that comes from religious rites. So, many parents still have their sons circumcised, mostly for religious reasons, even now. Most of the time, this painful surgery is done without painkillers on the first or second day after the baby is born. But Jews circumcise their babies on the eighth day after they are born.
During a circumcision, the foreskin of the penis is first separated from the head of the penis, and then the extra foreskin is cut off. This procedure takes between 5 and 19 minutes to do on a newborn. But because this procedure is harder and riskier to do on children, older babies, and men, it takes about an hour to circumcise an adult. Most people heal from circumcision in 7 to 10 days, and there are no scars on the penis.
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The health benefits of circumcision are a hotly debated subject. Although it has been found that the health benefits of newborn circumcision outweigh the risk of this procedure, but the benefits are also not so great that one can recommend it universally among all newborn males. Generally circumcision is recommended for older boys and men to treat conditions like phimosis, whereby the patient finds pain in retracting his penile foreskin. Or, it is sometimes done to treat infections on the head of the penis.
Some of the benefits of circumcision are that it makes it less likely to get a urinary tract infection and that it makes it less likely to get certain sexually transmitted diseases. People also think that circumcision lowers the risk of penile cancer in men and lowers the risk of cervical cancer in the women who have sex with a circumcised person. Aside from this, circumcision keeps the glans (balanitis) and the penile foreskin from getting inflamed (balanoposthitis).
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Circumcision also helps keep the head of the penis clean and prevents phimosis and paraphimosis. Most of the time, infection and bleeding are the most common problems that come up after this procedure. If the foreskin is cut too short or too long, it can sometimes cause problems for the person. Other problems that can happen with this procedure are that the foreskin might not heal properly or that the remaining foreskin might get reattached to the end of the penis, which would then need a small operation to fix.
So always consult your surgeon before getting a circumcision done on your newborns.
Is Circumcision good or bad?
Circumcision has more pros than cons, scientists believe that Circumcision can have many medical benefits in the long run as compared to the normal ones. Here are some of the benefits that are associated with Circumcision:
- Men who undergo Circumcision have a 10 times lower risk of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI), sexually transmissible infections (STIs), or HIV.
- No risk of infection in children under the foreskin like balanitis and posthitis.
- Efficient genital hygiene.
- Less risk of penile cancer.
- Eliminate inability to retract the foreskin (known as phimosis).
On the other hand, there are some cons to the procedure which may create a dilemma in an individual for themselves or their son’s Circumcision, listed below some:
- Physical and mental complications associated with genital surgery.
- An increase in the sensitivity on the penile tip can also lead to unpleasant sexual intercourse for the partners.
- Even though Circumcision may decrease the illness risk, it may also make it more sensitive towards infections if one has poor hygiene.
Is a Circumcision painful?
Yes, it hurts, and it’s usually best to have it done in the first month of life. Doctors and nurses are using a local anaesthetic to numb the area and ease the pain.
Adults feel pain all over their bodies, not just in their organs. As a boy grows up, he becomes more aware of his sexuality. This makes it harder for him to go through circumcision on a psychological level.
How painful is Circumcision in adults?
It has been seen that circumcision hurts younger boys more than older boys. For adults, the pain after the procedure is mild to moderate. Your doctor will give you a shot of general anaesthesia to numb the area so that the circumcision doesn’t hurt, and he or she will also give you painkillers and antibiotics to help with the pain.
What happens if you don’t circumcise?
Most of the males with good hygiene didn’t have any specific impact on their uncircumcised penis. However, there are some complications that one may face without Circumcision like:
- Phimosis:The condition into which the foreskin of the penis is very tight that it cannot cover the head of the penis is known as phimosis. The condition rarely impacts a man in their adulthood as the foreskin starts to lose as you grow, but if the foreskin fails to cover the penis completely, it can make an individual more vulnerable to getting infected by sexually transmitted infection (STI).
- Paraphimosis:The condition is quite identical to phimosis in terms of pineal coverage, but in the case of paraphimosis the skin is stuck below the head of the penis as it is too tight to cover the whole genital. Paraphimosis can be very discomforting as the tight skin can swell the area creating a blockage in the blood flow connected to the tip of the penis. The situation is considered critical and required immediate medical attention to avoid further complications.
- Bacterial or fungal infection:Poor hygiene practices can build up a bacterial or fungal infection in the foreskin of the penis, especially in case of a cut or sore on the foreskin. Commonly found in men, the bacteria of balanitis can cause inflammation of the head of the penis along with the foul smell, unusual discharge under the foreskin, and pain during urination.
- Injury:In most cases, the foreskin is loose and hangs over the head of the penis, which makes it more prone to zipper accidents. The caught-up skin in the zipper of jeans and trousers will develop an open wound making your genital area vulnerable towards urethral meatus damage ( tube present in the tip of penis head).
- Yeast infection:Even though the condition is common in females, males can also get affected if they do not follow healthy hygiene. Fungi like Candida albicans can develop yeast infections in and around the foreskin of your penis.
- STI and STD (sexually transmitted infections and diseases):Scientists believe that being circumcised lowers the risk of sexually transmitted infections like genital herpes simplex, human papillomavirus (HPV), mycoplasma, trichomoniasis, syphilis, HIV, and chancroid. Uncircumcised men are more prone to infesting the infection under or around their foreskin.
Does Circumcision improve performance?
Scientists are still looking for the difference in sexual responses before and after Circumcision. Even though the results are not concrete, here are some of the findings that may or may not show the difference in the performance and overall sensation of sexual orientation:
- Circumcision makes an individual’s genitals more sensitive to touch and feel. It strictly depends on individual psychology how he feels about the Circumcision, as there is no medical evidence that showcases any difference in the overall performance.
- The foreskin of the penis secrete lubricant for the penis during sexual intercourse, removal of the skin can make it dry and one may need to use synthetic lubricants for optimum sexual satisfaction. But the theory does not have any evidence as secretion of lubricant also depends on other psychological or hormonal factors.
- Cut or uncut, couples do not show any change ( improvement or degradation) in the overall sexual experience. But it has been seen that removal of the foreskin helps an individual to maintain better genital hygiene and prevent them from developing or transferring any sexually transmitted disease or infection which usually builds under or around the foreskin of the penis.