Men

Advantages and Disadvantages of Circumcision

Circumcision is a process where the foreskin present at the upper region of the penis is cut with the help of a surgery. There are many myths regarding the uses or advantages of circumcision and also the disadvantages that are caused due to it.

One of the main reasons for people to go for circumcision is aesthetic. In some traditions people go for a circumcision at their birth.

Let’s look into some of the advantages of circumcision:

  • Prevents diseases such as penile cancer and cervical cancer:

  • Circumcision can help a person to prevent diseases such as penile cancer in males and cervical cancer which is caused in females.

  • Reduced urinary tract infections:

  • The upper skin or the foreskin has a higher susceptibility for developing various infections commonly known as the urinary tract infections.

  • Decreased risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases:

  • Circumcision reduces the risk contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS and also prevents infections caused during sex.

  • Reduces the odour of the penis:

  • Circumcision causes the end of the penis to be clean and odour free. It also helps in better maintenance of the penis.

Some of the disadvantages of circumcision:

  • Pain:

  • During the early days after the circumcision, a person may experience some amount of pain during the intercourse.

  • Risk of bleeding:

  • The region where the circumcision is done can carry a risk of bleeding.

  • Loss of sensitivity:

  • Many men complain about the loss of sensitivity after the circumcision.

  • Higher risk of injury:

  • The foreskin protects the upper part of the penis. After the circumcision the upper part of the penis may carry a higher chance of injury pertaining to it.

    All these symptoms last only for a certain period of time.

2 responses to Advantages and Disadvantages of Circumcision

  1. Canadian Paediatric Society
    http://www.cps.ca/english/statements/fn/fn96-01.htm
    “Recommendation: Circumcision of newborns should not be routinely performed.”

    http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/pregnancy&babies/circumcision.htm
    “Circumcision is a ‘non-therapeutic’ procedure, which means it is not medically necessary.”
    “After reviewing the scientific evidence for and against circumcision, the CPS does not recommend routine circumcision for newborn boys. Many paediatricians no longer perform circumcisions.”

    Royal Australasian College of Physicians
    http://www.racp.edu.au/index.cfm?objectid=B5610716-9E3E-6C97-A8D87880FD002E3B
    “After extensive review of the literature, the Paediatrics & Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians has concluded that there is no medical reason for routine newborn male circumcision.”
    (almost all the men responsible for this statement will be circumcised themselves, as the male circumcision rate in Australia in 1950 was about 90%. “Routine” circumcision is now *banned* in public hospitals in Australia in all states except one.)

    British Medical Association
    http://www.bma.org.uk/ethics/consent_and_capacity/malecircumcision2006.jsp#Circumcisionformedicalpurposes
    “to circumcise for therapeutic reasons where medical research has shown other techniques to be at least as effective and less invasive would be unethical and inappropriate.”

  2. circumcision is a good practice

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