Circumcision involves removing the loose bit of skin at the end of the penis (known as the foreskin) using a sharp instrument. Circumcision has been carried out for thousands of years and is often associated with the religious teachings of Judaism. However, the procedure can also be performed for medical reasons. For example, if you have a tight foreskin which is causing discomfort, a doctor may recommend that you be circumcised. Below is a guide to some of the benefits of circumcision.
Reduced risk of urinary tract infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria enter the urethra and travel up through the urinary tract until they reach the kidneys and bladder. The signs that you have developed a UTI include difficulty passing urine and pain when you do so. You may also notice that your urine looks cloudy and has a strong, unpleasant smell. While a UTI can typically be treated with antibiotics, it is not a very pleasant condition. You may also need to go to the toilet more often. People who have circumcised penises are less likely to develop a UTI.
Reduced risk of cancer
Studies have shown that being circumcised can help to reduce the risk that you will develop cancer of the penis. It is believed that removing the foreskin helps to prevent the transmission of the HPV virus, which is thought to be responsible for around half of all penile cancers.
Reduced risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
Studies have also shown that circumcised men are at a reduced risk of developing sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, and herpes.
Elimination of phimosis
Phimosis refers to a condition in which the foreskin is very tight, so tight that it cannot be retracted. This condition can massively increase the risk of infection, as it is very difficult to clean the penis if you cannot access the glands located beneath the foreskin. If bacteria build up, you may develop an infection which causes the penis to become red and swollen. If you have been circumcised, you cannot develop phimosis because there is no foreskin in place to cause a problem. If you have developed phimosis, your doctor may recommend that you undergo circumcision in order to deal with the issue.
If you would like further advice, you should contact a medical professional or a group like the Circumcision Academy of Australia.Share
23 April 2018
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