Circumcised vs uncircumcised – penile myths debunked
CIRCUMCISION is a common practice in some religions, but the rates of the procedure have fallen in recent years.
Many people say the procedure helps reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections – which can cause kidney problems later in life.
The procedure can be performed for a number of reasons including medical and non-medical.
With that in mind, the experts reveal what you need to know about the procedure and whether or not it might be for you.
What is circumcision
Male circumcision is the removal of the foreskin.
The NHS explains that the foreskin is the retractable fold of skin that covers the end of the penis – it’s a continuation of the skin that covers the entire penis.
There are two main reasons people are circumcised, medical and non-medical.
Medical – Medical circumcision is performed when the foreskin is too tight and does not recede – this is a condition known as phimosis.
Circumcision is performed in extreme cases and most people prefer to have a topical steroid solution.
Other non-medical reasons include penile cancer, paraphimosis (where the skin of the penis cannot be turned over after being removed) and recurrent balanitis, this is where the foreskin and head of the penis become inflamed. and become infected.
Non-medical – This is usually done in Jewish and Islamic communities and in many African communities.
They are mostly performed on children.
What are the benefits?
It is believed that around 8.5. percent of men in the UK are circumcised and this has steadily declined in the UK, experts say.
Several trials in Africa have found that circumcised men have a lower risk of contracting HIV.
There have also been several studies on male circumcision and the risk of STIs, but the NHS says the evidence for this is inconclusive.
Dr Jamin Brahmbhatt said the procedure is not always necessary for a healthy and happy life.
Speaking to Men’s Health, he said functionally there were no major differences.
He explained, “The overall risk of urinary tract infections in men is low, but these infections are more common in uncircumcised men.
“Serious infections early in life can lead to kidney problems later. ”
“Circumcised men may have a lower risk of contracting certain sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Yet safe sex practices remain essential, ”he added.
What are the risks of male circumcision
In the UK, complications from surgery are rare and the most common symptom is swelling after the procedure.
Bleeding and infection are the two most common problems that people will encounter.
The NHS says there are other possible complications:
- permanent reduction in sensation in the head of the penis, especially during intercourse
- tenderness around the scar
- the need to remove stitches that have not dissolved
- sometimes another operation is needed to remove some more skin around the head of the penis
True or false?
A lot of people say it’s more hygienic if you don’t have a foreskin.
This is because of smegma, it is an odorless, cheese-like substance that is found under the foreskin.
But as long as you wash under your foreskin daily, you won’t have this problem, which means you don’t need to cut it just to keep clean.
Sex always comes up in the conversation when it comes to circumcision, and many wonder if this reduces the sensation of the penis.
While everyone can be sensitive to different things, studies show that there is no significant change in feeling for men who have had the chop.
But sexual health expert Aleece Fosnight said the extra skin is believed to add more friction and stimulation to the clitoris during penetration – a point for the uncut, so to speak.
Get pregnant more easily?
Some people think this is the case because they believe that sperm can escape faster and easier if there is no foreskin.
But experts say it doesn’t, with the foreskin having no bearing on how fast your swimmers go.
Brahmbhatt added that circumcision does not change the pregnancy rate.
It really depends on each person and can sometimes depend on the region or community you come from.
Many parents worry that their children will feel uncomfortable with their peers – but it is mainly in the United States where this is a more common procedure.
Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preferences, but for most people, that’s who they are with – rather than whether or not they’ve been circumcised.
Men should be able to have sex once more six weeks after the procedure.