Why is Adult Circumcision Important for Men?
You must be aware of what circumcision is about, but if you don’t, here is what you should know about circumcision. Circumcision in men is a simple procedure, but a complex health related issue that continues to have a debate around it. Both in the medical profession and community, people consider it as inappropriate, while some give its religious tags. No matter what belief you carry, the welfare of your health comes first.
As a new person, who has heard of this term for the very first time, you should know that adult circumcision is a surgical procedure aimed at the removal of the foreskin of the penis. When talking about foreskin, you should know it is a fold of skin that covers the tip of the penis; it is a continuation of the skin that covers the whole penis.
Why is it practiced?
Although it is practiced or done more often on infants and young boys, it could be performed on adult men of any age as well. It is usually a straightforward and safe operation, but it may have some risks, mainly of minor complications like wound infections, and bleeding rarely. However, serious complications may include meningitis and septicemia (a bloodstream infection). Generally, this procedure takes place under general or local anesthesia at centers like Circumcision Center. Only a small number of males would need to go through circumcision for medical reasons. These may include:
- Preputioplasty: if you have a tight foreskin, and end up forcing it over the head of the penis, this increases the risks of it getting stuck there. This condition leads to a narrow or inflamed foreskin, which requires immediate medical attention.
- Phimosis: this is a condition that occurs when the foreskin is too tight and difficult to pull back over the glans. Sometimes, this condition could be genetically inherited, congenital, or the result of an infection. When you visit your general practitioner or doctor, they may advise you to opt for circumcision, which in most cases is the only solution. Sometimes, they may suggest that you go for a procedure called preputioplasty. In this procedure, one or two small cuts are made into the foreskin to help it to stretch.
- Recurrent Balanitis: sometimes, fungal, or bacterial infections could lead to complications like generalized inflammation of the penis, and this leads to patients going for circumcision.
However, circumcision done for religious, cosmetic, or social reasons is referred to as the non-therapeutic or the ritual circumcision.
What are the Benefits of Adult Circumcision?
Circumcision is the right choice for adult men who face the risks of the following conditions:
- Penile Cancer: this is rare cancer, but arises when in uncircumcised men.
- Urinary Tract Infections: this affects men, and maybe ten times less frequent in men who are circumcised. However, for doctors, this is not considered to be a sufficient reason for circumcision.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections: these include infections like HIV, HPV, Herpes, Gonorrhea, syphilis and more. Although circumcision may reduce the risks of transmission, it does not provide protection against these transmitted infections and they do not replace safe sex practices.
- Cervical Cancer: uncircumcised men are more likely to acquire and transmit the HPV (human papillomavirus) which is responsible for cervical cancers. Through circumcision, the risks of this virus cut down.
- Dermatoses and penile inflammation: these are skin disorders that are less common in men who have gone through circumcision. However, uncircumcised men are more prone to this condition especially those who retract the foreskin while taking a bath. Recurrent and acute inflammatory problems on the foreskin may be addressed or managed medically with surgical procedures.
What to Expect After the Surgery
Circumcision does not have much complication rates (about 1-4%) which can include bleeding, infection, and damage to the penis.
- Distress and Pain: circumcision is not a very painful procedure, the surgical excision of the foreskin the painful part. However, doctors provide effective and safe pain aids to adults who go through the procedure, like general or local anesthesia to stop the pain. However, swelling, post-operative and bruising is
- Sexual dissatisfaction: men sometimes believe that at the end of the surgery, the penis becomes less sensitive. However, this is not the case. Most men say that sexual pleasure has nothing to do with the circumcision procedure.
- Psychological Trauma: sometimes, after the circumcision, men tend to resent to having gone through circumcision. In the long term, they get used to it.
- Buried Penis: this refers to the penis being buried under the scar tissue, which develops at the incision site. If it occurs too often the treatment is surgery.
When performed by a well-experienced doctor, the risks of complications from circumcision drop down to zero. Before you decide to go through the procedure, it is advisable that you consult your doctor, see their past experience, qualification.