Male circumcision is one of the most hotly discussed and debated sexual health subject by both men and women in the medical community. The arguments from both sides -in its favour and against- is kind of interesting to hear; it also manages to raise some concerns on its controversy. Some circles believe that this controversy is primarily due to the lack of definitive evidence that being circumcised is better, medically speaking, than being uncircumcised – and vice versa.
However, there are certain things, which involves a minor surgical procedure to remove the foreskin – the sleeve of skin around the head of the penis. These factors offer compelling reasons for men to get it over with:
- Contrary to popular belief, Adult Male Circumcision does not affect male sexual drive or functioning. Experts agree that circumcision doesn’t affect male sexual drive or functioning. However, men who have gone through circumcision end up losing a quarter of their penis skin. In fact, a Michigan State University study found that the most sensitive part of a circumcised guy’s penis is his circumcision scar. A possible explanation: After circumcision, “the penis has to protect itself—like growing a callus on your foot, but to a lesser extent,” says Darius Paduch, M.D., Ph.D., a urologist and male sexual medicine specialist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
- When a guy is not circumcised, moisture can get trapped between his penis and the foreskin, which creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. This means there’s a higher risk of infection and it’s easier to spread viruses to others. To put things simply circumcision can prevent a male from the following conditions:
Phimosis – a condition where the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back over the head of the penis; this can sometimes cause pain when the penis is erect and in rare cases, passing urine may be difficult. In babies, the glans and foreskin develop as one, only separating during early-mid childhood. Due to this naturally occurring phenomenon, the infant foreskin is frequently tight and inelastic. In these circumstances, some doctors might recommend circumcision, while others state that foreskin loss by the age of three and that true phimosis, which affects less than 1% boys, is very rare before the age of five, as reported by menshealthforum.
Balanitis – A condition where the glans or foreskin becomes inflamed. It can affect the men of all ages, but common cases have been recorded against 3-5 years’ age group. Poor hygiene is considered as one of the most common reasons for this disorder. Moreover, tight foreskin, skin diseases and allergy to washing products -such as soaps- or spermicides in condoms can all damage the skin, and if it becomes infected, then there is an unyielding possibility that balanitis can develop. Furthermore, experts at Circumcision Center remark that this disease is not sexually transferable. However, a bacterium named ‘Candida’ can be a cause of transfer of this disease, so it is advised to refrain from intercourse during/if such an ailment appears. Many doctors’ advice that this condition can be avoided by maintaining a proper hygiene, especially cleaning under the foreskin. But in chronic cases, circumcision might be needed.
Para-Phimosis – A condition where the foreskin can’t be returned to its original state after being pulled back. Considered by many doctors as one of the most painful ailments for men, it can cause the glans to be swollen and painful. If such an issue arises or befalls a male, then immediate treatment is necessary to avoid serious complications, such as restricted blood flow to the penis.
Penis-Cancer – Considered as the rarest of ailments that can occur in men, where a red patch, wart-like growth or ulcer appears under the foreskin. Immediate treatment is recommended to diagnose this situation as soon as possible to avoid any serious complications. There are three options for this much rarer and severe condition
- Surgery to remove the cancerous cells
Removing the foreskin gets rid of the wet, warm and dark environment that can sustain viruses such as HIV and other sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, herpes and chancroids.
It can be difficult to keep an uncircumcised penis fresh 100% of the time. Circumcision simplifies the task of keeping the penis clean and keeps you, fresher, giving you more confidence.
The circumcision procedure is relatively straightforward. As it lasts about 1 hour for adults and 15 minutes for new-borns, considering if there isn’t any complication. The foreskin is snipped off, and a few stitches are used to close the incision. These fall out on their own once the penis has healed.
Afterwards, you may experience some discomfort for a day or two, but it isn’t very painful. There should be no more swelling after two to three weeks, and complete recovery in adult men takes around four to six weeks.