Circumcision is the process of removing the foreskin from the tip of a penis, the male reproductive part. It is a popular practice and has been around for centuries now. In most cases, circumcision is done on babies within two months of birth. This is because the skin at this age heals faster than when you are older.
There are many opinions about circumcision. In some cultures, this procedure is absolutely mandatory to be done on baby boys. Recent medical research has also shed some light on the benefits of the procedure. However, one should weigh both the good and the bad before deciding. If you do decide to get one for yourself or your child, consult with a Telemedicine Doctor.
The pros and cons of circumcision
- Reduced risks of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).
Urine and pathogens can collect and retain under the foreskin in uncircumcised penises. When this foreskin is removed, the risk of accumulating bacteria that can cause infections and diseases is eliminated. These infections are also referred to as UTIs or Urinary Tract Infections.
- Lowered rate of sexually transmitted diseases.
When your baby boy is born, you do not really think about who they will date and have sexual relations with when they grow up. Therefore, getting a circumcision done to protect them from STDs might seem too abstract. However, the foreskin on a man’s penis increases their chances of contracting an HIV infection. The sooner you get it done, the better.
- Decreased risk of penile cancer.
It is believed that circumcision can prevent penile cancer. In fact, according to certain studies, a baby almost becomes immune to penile cancer when he goes through a circumcision.
- Cosmetic issues.
This is completely an individual choice. Some people may prefer an uncircumcised penis because of cosmetic issues. People who do not like the way an uncircumcised penis looks may not want to get the surgery done. Some even consider it a disfigurement.
- Side effects.
As with any other medical surgery, circumcision, too, has some side effects. However, the risk of side effects is low if an experienced and highly skilled surgeon performs the procedure. Some circumcisions experience minor complications, such as bleeding or infection. The good news is that some topical antibiotics should provide relief. Other risks include an irritated penis tip.
- Risk of postoperative infections.
Since a circumcision involves incisions, cuts, and wounds, there is a risk of developing infections in those areas. Proper post-op care, which includes keeping the area clean, is crucial.