Circumcision in males is the procedure of surgically removing the foreskin from the tip of the penis. It has been in practice for centuries now.
Circumcision is more common in baby boys. Usually, infant boys are circumcised within 2 months of their birth. This is because the healing at this age is faster. However, if circumcision is carried out after 2 months of birth, the procedure will require general anesthesia. Also, adult circumcision used to be relatively a bit more complex than circumcision during infancy.
However, with the advancement of medicine, the medical benefits of circumcision have also come into the light. Circumcision is now a common medical procedure for preventing and treating various penile problems. These medical benefits are probably the reason why a large number of parents are now choosing to get their baby boy circumcised at an early age. As revealed by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, about 60 percent of infant boys are circumcised every year in the US.
Although it is a proven fact that circumcision has many health benefits, some people believe otherwise. Thus, there has always been a never-ending debate going on about the pros and cons of circumcision.
Here we have listed some pros and cons of the circumcision which can help you get a better perspective about the procedure:
Pros of Circumcision
- Reduced risk of Urinary Tract Infections: In an uncircumcised penis, urine and pathogens can get retained under the foreskin for prolonged periods of time. This can lead to urinary tract infections. Since circumcision removes the foreskin, these conditions cannot arise and the risk of developing UTIs reduces.
- Reduced risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Circumcision lowers the risk of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, syphilis, etc. This is because, after circumcision, the disease-causing microbes cannot thrive in the dark and moist area under the foreskin. Thus, circumcised men have lesser chances of developing STDs than uncircumcised men.
- Prevention of Balanitis and Balanoposthitis: The accumulation of dirt, dead cells, and sweat under the foreskin can lead to penile problems like balanitis and balanoposthitis. This situation does not arise in circumcised males. This is the reason why balanitis and balanoposthitis are seen most commonly in uncircumcised men.
- Decreased risk of Penile cancer: Circumcision is believed to reduce the risk of developing penile cancer. According to some studies, when an infant undergoes circumcision, the chances of developing penile cancer are almost nil for him.
- Decreased Risk of Cervical Cancer in the partner: Studies have shown that women whose partners are circumcised are less vulnerable to HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and cervical cancer than women whose partners are uncircumcised.
- Treatment of Phimosis and Paraphimosis: Apart from being a preventive procedure, circumcision is also a permanent treatment option for penile problems like phimosis and paraphimosis. ( Also Read: How to treat phimosis naturally?)
- Easier to maintain genital hygiene: It is easier to take care of a circumcised penis than an uncircumcised penis. Maintaining good hygiene is comparatively much easier after circumcision.
- Heightened sexual pleasure: It is also reported that circumcision increases the sensitivity of the penis. This, in turn, increases sexual pleasure.
Cons of Circumcision
- Cosmetic issue: Some people may see circumcision as a disfigurement of the penis. Thus circumcision may cause cosmetic issues.
- Excessive pain and bleeding: The open surgery procedure of circumcision inflicts a lot of pain and involves a lot of bleeding. This can be really inconvenient and prevent the person from carrying on with daily routines for 4-5 weeks.
- Risk of postoperative infections: Due to incisions, cuts, and wounds in the open surgery procedure, there is a risk of developing infections in the penile region.
- Risk of Meatitis: Meatitis is a condition of inflammation of the opening of the penis. The open surgery of circumcision can increase the chances of meatitis.
- Removal of too much or too little foreskin: In rare cases, if the surgery is not performed carefully, too much or too little foreskin may be removed. In such cases, the patient requires to undergo the reconstruction or circumcision follow up surgery
Now that you have seen both the pros and the cons of circumcision, you must have gained a better insight into the procedure. Although there are a few minor cons and risks associated with circumcision, you cannot neglect its overpowering medical benefits. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that the pros of circumcision outweigh the cons.
About Laser Circumcision
Also, with the advancement of technology, new techniques for the circumcision procedure have come into existence which is completely risk-free. These advanced procedures include ZSR circumcision and laser circumcision. The most preferred procedure for circumcision by doctors nowadays is laser circumcision. The procedure of laser circumcision is a painless and minimally invasive procedure. It causes no pain and involves no major cuts or wounds left behind to heal. The risk of infections and complications after the procedure is also nil. The success rate of the procedure is also as high as 100%.
You will be glad to know that laser circumcision is available at Pristyn Care. Our doctors are highly skilled and perform the procedure with high precision. If you are thinking of undergoing circumcision, do not wait. Contact us and we assure you that the procedure will be absolutely safe and complication-free.