In uncircumcised males, there is a hood of skin that covers the head of the penis. This hood is called the foreskin or prepuce. The foreskin of the penis can be surgically removed by a procedure known as circumcision.
Circumcision is quite a common procedure, with about 37-39 percent of males around the world being circumcised, according to research.
For hundreds of years, circumcision was performed only for religious and cultural reasons. But over time, advancements in the field of medicine were made and it was observed that circumcision has various health benefits too.
Nowadays, circumcision is considered to be a preventive procedure for certain health conditions. It is even a treatment option for some penile problems like phimosis, paraphimosis, balanitis, etc.
If you have been suffering from any penile problems and if your doctor has suggested you to undergo circumcision, it is quite normal for you to wonder what changes circumcision will bring about.
Let’s get an insight into what the penis is before circumcision and how it changes after circumcision:
How does the penis look before circumcision?
The foreskin is retained and it covers the glans penis when flaccid. The glans penis reveals only upon erection. Also, due to the presence of the foreskin, when the penis is flaccid it appears to be bulkier.
How to maintain the hygiene of the penis before circumcision?
Maintaining the hygiene of an uncircumcised penis is more difficult. Simple washing the penis is not enough. You have to properly and thoroughly wash the area under the foreskin to ensure that there is no dirt and pathogen accumulation. For this purpose, you may have to use cotton swabs.
What are the chances of Urinary Tract Infections?
Before circumcision, there is a higher chance of contracting Urinary Tract Infections. This is because urine can retain under the foreskin for prolonged periods of time. Also, pathogens can thrive in the area and this may lead to frequent urinary tract infections.
Are there increased risks of contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections?
According to studies, uncircumcised men are at higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections like HIV, genital herpes, syphilis, etc. This is due to the reason that the disease-causing pathogens can easily thrive in the moist and dark area under the foreskin.
Is my partner at any risk of developing infections?
Studies have revealed that women whose partners are uncircumcised are more prone to contracting conditions like HPV and cervical cancer.
Are there any serious or adverse complications that can arise?
Due to improper hygiene, problems like paraphimosis can arise which can lead to obstruction of blood flow to the penile tissues. This can cause severe or even permanent damage to the penis. In such rare and severe cases, the doctors have to surgically remove the penis.
Also, if you are uncircumcised, you are more prone to penile cancer than circumcised males
Although penile cancer is rare, the risks of penile cancer in uncircumcised men are more than that in circumcised men.
How does the appearance of the penis change after circumcision?
After circumcision, the glans penis is visible at all times. You may experience a difference in the skin texture of the area where the foreskin was removed.
How to maintain the hygiene of a circumcised penis?
It is comparatively much easier to care for the penis after circumcision. This is because now pathogens, dirt, dead tissues, etc. cannot accumulate under the foreskin. Washing the penis daily while bathing is enough to ensure good hygiene.
Will the chances of UTIs reduce after circumcision?
After circumcision, the risks of developing urinary tract infections reduce majorly. Now, since the foreskin has been removed, urine cannot retain thereby reducing the chances of UTI’s.
Will I be less prone to sexually transmitted infections after circumcision?
Studies have revealed that the chances of contracting HIV reduce by about 50 percent after circumcision. Similarly, the reduction in chances of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and herpes after circumcision is 40 percent.
How will it affect my partner?
After circumcision, your partner will have a lesser risk of HPV and cervical cancer than before. Also, in the vast majority of the cases, males have claimed that their female partners were more satisfied after circumcision.
Will sex be less pleasurable for me after circumcision?
Studies have revealed that circumcision has no negative effect on sexual performance and sexual pleasure. On the contrary, many men find sexual pleasure to be heightened after circumcision.
Also, circumcision solves the problem of premature ejaculation. Thus, the sexual pleasure increases for the man and his partner too.
The aforementioned facts make it pretty clear that most of the changes that occur after circumcision are beneficial. Circumcision reduces the risk of many problems and even cures some penile issues.
If you are suffering from penile problems like phimosis or paraphimosis, you must not take it casually. Consult a specialist doctor and if your doctor suggests you undergo circumcision, do not worry.
Nowadays, the modern technique of laser circumcision is the safest procedure. This procedure is minimally invasive and inflicts no pain. It also does not involve any bleeding and the downtime for the procedure is very less invasive.
So if you are thinking of undergoing circumcision, you can contact us. At Pristyn Care, we have a team of experienced surgeons who are capable of performing the surgery with high precision. Also, if you have any doubts, our medical coordinators are always available to resolve them for you.