Circumcision – What is it and is it really necessary?

5 advantages of circumcising a male child

5 advantages of circumcising a male child

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the tissue covering the head( glans) of the penis. It is an ancient practice that has its origin in religious rites.

When is circumcision done?
Circumcision is usually performed during the 1st two weeks of life, usually on the eighth day and could be earlier.

How is circumcision done?
During a circumcision, the foreskin is freed from the head of the penis, and the excess foreskin is clipped off. If done in the newborn period, the procedure takes about five to 10 minutes. Adult circumcision takes about one hour. The circumcision generally heals in five to seven days.

Is circumcision necessary?
It has been found that the health benefits of circumcision of a newborn male child clearly outweighs the risk, also it in accordance with many religious rites. Consequently, it’s probably safe to argue for circumcision. However, as a parent, it is important to discuss with your doctor before making a decision regarding circumcision of your newborn male child.

What are the benefits of circumcision?
The benefits of circumcision are numerous and they include;
1. Easier hygiene: Circumcision makes it simpler to wash the penis. Washing beneath the foreskin of an uncircumcised penis is not as easy.
2. Decreased risk of urinary tract infections: The overall risk of urinary tract infections in males is low, but these infections are more common in uncircumcised males. Severe infections early in life can lead to kidney problems later on.
3. Decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections; Circumcised men might have a lower risk of certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Still, safe sexual practices remain essential.
4. Prevention of penile problems like  (a)Phimosis; Difficulty in retracting the foreskin of the uncircumcised penis.
(b)Paraphimosis; Inability to return the foreskin of the penis to its original location.
(c) Balanitis; Inflammation of the glans of the penis.
(d) Balanoposthitis; Inflammation of the glans and foreskin of the penis.
5. Decreased risk of penile cancer: cancer of the penis is less common in circumcised men than in uncircumcised men. In addition, cervical cancer is less common in female partners of circumcised men than in those of uncircumcised men.

What are the risks associated with circumcision?
Like any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with circumcision. However, this risk is low. Problems associated with circumcision include:
1) Pain
2) Risk of bleeding and infection at the site of the circumcision
3) Irritation of the glans
4) Increased risk of inflammation of the opening of the penis known as meatitis
5) Risk of injury to the penis
However, circumcision is largely a safe procedure if is it is performed by an experienced medical personnel.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding circumcision of your male child.

Author: temitope

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