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Why Circumcision is Better
Circumcision is a common practice in the United States in which the foreskin is surgically removed. The foreskin is the skin that covers the tip of the penis. In the past, circumcision was pretty much the go-to procedure for baby boys in the United States. Nowadays, there is concern about the procedure. Many parents have strong opinion against it, even going so far as to call it “genital mutilation.” While circumcision does require the removal of some foreskin, it does not mutilate the penis. Circumcision is often done for religious, medical, or cosmetic reasons. It is particularly common in the Jewish and Christian religions. So is being circumcised better than not being circumcised? Many medical experts tend to think so, claiming that the benefits outweigh the risks. So what exactly are these benefits? If you are considering circumcision for your child, here’s what you need to know.
Benefits of Circumcision
Circumcision offers the following advantages:
- Better hygiene. A penis is easier to clean when there is no foreskin covering it. If boys are not caught to clean their penis, they can develop bacteria and fungus, which can lead to infections.
- Medical reasons. Uncircumcised males may develop issues with their foreskin, such as balanitis (inflammation of the foreskin), phimosis (failure of the foreskin to retract), balanoposthitis (swelling of the penis’ foreskin and tip), and paraphimosis (failure of a retracted foreskin to get back to the normal position). These conditions can be managed with circumcision.
- Decreased risk of urinary tract infections. Men who are uncircumcised are more likely to develop urinary tract infections, which can lead to kidney problems later on.
- Decreased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. Circumcised men tend to have a lower risk of developing and spreading HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. That’s why there has been a mass circumcision campaign in Africa.
- Decreased risk of penile cancer. Cancer of the penis is less common in circumcised men.
- Better sex. There is the possibility that circumcision may make sex better for men. Studies show that the majority of circumcised men experience greater sensitivity and an increased ability to achieve orgasm. However, this may be debatable, as many uncircumcised men claim they have more nerve endings and therefore more sensitivity.
- Women tend to prefer it. Most studies showed that women in the United States had a preference for sexual activity with men who were circumcised. Their reasons were better appearance, better hygiene, and less risk of infection.
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While circumcision is a heavily debated procedure that is not usually medically necessary, it does come with many benefits. Weigh the pros and cons with your doctor to determine if it’s right for you or your son. Learn more about circumcision by scheduling a consultation with a New York doctor from Lazare Urology. We have the experience to perform safe and effective circumcisions. Call (718) 568-7516 or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment today. We serve the Brooklyn area.Back to Blogs