Advantages of circumcision and circumcision complications

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Advantages of circumcision and circumcision complications

Circumcision is literally as old as the Bible and there has been controversy around it for almost as long. Circumcision benefits and circumcision complications have been debated however, in recent years some clear advantages have been discovered to exist scientifically. First lets understand what circumcision is.

circumcision complicationsThe head of the penis of a newborn baby boy is covered by the foreskin. It is essentially, the extension of the skin on the outside shaft of the penis. This skin is regular epidermis, or normal external body skin, like on your finger. There is a hole at the end of the foreskin that allows the baby to urinate. The inside of the skin, is a type of tissue like in the mouth. It is shiny and damp. There is no consensus why the foreskin exists. While anti circumcision proponents might say  to prevent circumcision complications it is there to protect the head of the penis, opponents would say it causes problems and is more like the appendix, which has no apparent function and causes only problems. When the man wants to have sex, the foreskin pulls back exposing the head of the penis allowing for intercourse. That explains the technical side of the anatomy. When a circumcision is done, the skin that covers the head of the penis is removed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the advantages of neonatal circumcision are greater than  the risks and potential circumcision complications. However, the AAP does not recommend routine circumcision for every baby. The AAP suggests that the circumcision decision be left up to parents — and suggests use of local anesthetics for babies who have the procedure.

Circumcision Benefits

  • Hygiene Circumcision makes it easier to wash the penis. The foreskin tombs the head of the penis in a dark and damp environment. It is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. The most common reason that adults need a circumcision is for inflammatory and infective problems due to the foreskin.
  • Urinary tract infections. The risk of urinary tract infections in men is low, but UTI’s are more common in males with no circumcision. UTI’s early in life can lead to kidney complications later in life.
  • Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections.Circumcised men have a lower chance of getting certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
  • Prevention of penile problems. One disease an uncircumcised male faces, and a circumcised man never does,  is phimosis, the inability, due to infection to retract the foreskin. This painful situation can also cause swelling to the head of the penis. circumcision complications are outwieghed by the advantages.
  • Decreased risk of penile cancer and cervical cancer in a mate. Although cancer of the penis is uncommon, it’s more rare in circumcised men. Also, cervical cancer is less common in sexual female partners of a circumcised man. The very minor chance of simple circumcision complications is so greatly offset by the saving of a life if it prevents a cancer.

Circumcision does not affect fertility, nor does it circumcision affect sexual pleasure for men or their partners.

Overall circumcision benefits GREATLY benefit both the man himself and his partner and circumcision complications, when performed by an expert are almost non existant .

Dr. Ari Greenspan is a Dentist in Jerusalem