Circumcision is a procedure in which the fold of skin covering the head of the penis, also known as the foreskin, is removed. The duration of this procedure is around 10 minutes and it can be performed under local or general anesthesia. This article will talk about the circumcision pros and cons. It will be easier to decide whether to go ahead with this procedure for your son, once you read this article.
Male circumcision is the removal of the foreskin of the penis. It is an ancient practice dated far back to early Egyptian era and still proceeds in the 21st, century. Circumcision is prevalent in Islamic countries, the Jews, United States, part of Southern Asia and some other parts of the world. Its mainly pioneered by religious individuals especially the muslims and jews, it is a religious ritual for new born male child done one or two days after birth. Those without such believe has been indecisive on circumcision of their child even banning of circumcision has caused serious debate in some countries.
Circumcision Pros and ConsA lot of myths exist regarding the pros of circumcision, rather than the cons. This makes people avoid this simple procedure and some are even scared to undergo it. In this section we can the pros and cons of circumcision are listed here with their details, accuracy and facts.
- For faith. Religions like Islam and Jewish advocate the practice of circumcision
- For family resemblance. This is done when the other older men of the family are circumcised and the child does not feel ‘different’ in any way.
- For hygiene improvement. Circumcision helps in maintaining better hygiene and the chances of developing Urinary Tract Infections are greatly reduced.
- For prevention of phimosis. Phimosis means having a tight foreskin. In this condition the foreskin does not retract over the glans. It can become painful. Circumcision will remove the fore skin and this problem can be avoided.
- For prevention of AIDS, STDs, UTIs and cancer of the penis. Circumcision can have an impact on the incidence of contracting conditions like AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), UTIs, and sometimes even cancer. It can also reduce the risk of contracting the penile human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Pain. The pain felt by the infants during circumcision is the same as felt by the adults and can have long lasting effects. It can be severe and even remain persistent with no effect from painkillers. The pain can also be interpreted by the baby’s brain as being caused by the mother and this will lead to a deteriorating in the mother-son bonding. The pain causes the infant to breast feed less often. This can result in failure to breast feed also.
- Loss of sensitivity. Circumcised penis has lesser sensation than penis which is not circumcised. However, this determination is very subjective. Since almost one third of the penile skin is removed, there is a significant change in the sexual functioning. Intercourse can become painful and increased time is required to reach orgasm. Men who has been circumcised during infancy may not appreciate the circumcision done by the parents and may look at it as mutilation.
- Immediate risks and complications of surgery. Almost 2-10% cases of circumcision may have complications or risks that develop after surgery. These are usually not reported or are over looked. Some of these include – chordee lacerations, gangrene, hemorrhage, meatitis, necrosis of the glans, penile loss sepsis, skin bridges, skin loss, stenosis and urinary retention.
- Against medical ethics. Medical ethics state – First do no harm – and circumcision involves removal of a normal and functioning body part. Hence it falls against the Medical ethics.
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